Nobody likes shaving their legs or armpits almost daily because it feels like such a chore. Opting for a permanent hair removal seems like the best option for some people.
When it comes to permanent hair removal solutions then laser hair removal is definitely the best. This is because it is in its own category. First and foremost let us talk about what laser hair removal is and how it works.
How Laser Hair Removal Works:
Laser hair removal is among the most common cosmetic procedures that are done daily. Highly concentrated light is beamed into hair follicles then the pigment absorbs the light hence the hair is destroyed never to grow again.
Getting rid of hair using laser for a brown skin person has been challenging over the years. This is because the lasers worked best for fairer skin counterparts as the laser devices could not distinguish between the hair and the pigment of the skin. This could cause blisters, dark and light spots and sometimes even scarring on brown skin.
But technology has come a long way and thanks to that there are smarter lasers that are safe to use and much more precise. These lasers have made it much more easier to get rid of unwanted hair in different skin tones.
3 Main Points of Hair Removal:
There are a number of things that you should know as a brown skin person before going for laser hair removal;
- Type of laser being used. Ask about the lightsheer Diode machine or the Nd-Yag laser machine. These 2 types work best for brown skin toned person as they are more specific and safer and their wavelength bypasses the pigmentation of the skin.
- Patch test. It is advisable to ask for a patch test so as to determine the energy level that will be used without burning your skin and at the same time get rid of the hair permanently.
- No IPL. Intense Pulsed Light is not safe for brown skin individuals as it comes with a less controlled energy emission and has less effect on melanin in the skin.
When going for screening expect to also include your ethnicity because different ethnicities react differently to lasers regardless of the skin tone. It is advisable to take a break from using skin products atleast 5 days before your appointment date. Also keep out of the sun or if you must be in the sun use sun protection of broad spectrum SPF 3o or more.