Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin: It Is Possible
Ready to go Buzz Lightyear on your body hair? If you've got dark skin, read this first
Those with dark skin should be particularly careful to stay out of the sun before the procedure, says Frank, since a sunburn makes skin irritated and prone to burning from the laser. Dark skin is already more laser-sensitive than light skin, since the dark pigment absorbs more energy, so a recent sunburn means you should stay away from a laser for two weeks. Schweiger says that using ice or a provided numbing agent before the session can reduce pain.
The laser session can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how much hair you're trying to remove. Dark skin requires anywhere from six to 12 sessions (the thicker the hair, the more sessions required) spaced five to six weeks apart.
Don't walk out the door after your laser session without applying a layer of sunscreen. Laser-ed skin is more sensitive to the sun's rays and overexposure can cause it to redden and peel.
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