Laser Hair Removal for Dry Skin: Everything You Need to Know

We love a dry sense of humor, but dry skin? It’s not as fun. 

When your skin is dry, it can feel a little rough and flaky, but the worst part is that it can become sensitive and tender more easily. It makes sense to wonder about laser hair removal for dry skin. Is it safe for you? What kind of side effects can you expect? 

In this post, we’ll explain everything you need to know about getting laser when your skin is dry. We cover what the experience is like, and give some tips to ensure your skin heals easily.  


What Causes Dry Skin?

We often think of dry skin as a “skin type”, meaning that your skin just naturally doesn’t produce a lot of oil. When it comes to the skin on your body, it’s just as common for the skin to become dry or dehydrated because of external circumstances, like the weather or the kinds of products you use on it. Harsh cleansers or body washes, insufficient moisturization, and arid climates can all lead to dryness.


Can You Get Laser Hair Removal With Dry Skin? 

Yes! Laser hair removal is for everyone. Having dry skin shouldn’t stop you from experiencing this amazing hair removal service. In fact, other hair removal practices can often exacerbate skin dryness by dehydrating or irritating the skin.

Laser hair removal, on the other hand, is only done once every four to six weeks. In between treatments, the skin has plenty of time to heal and return to normal. Once you achieve your desired results, your skin will be allowed to thrive! 

That said, if your skin is severely irritated or broken in the area you’d like treated, it’s important that you let it heal completely before coming in for laser. 


Are There Any Side Effects To Getting Laser Hair Removal On Dry Skin?

Dry skin or not, there are some common side effects to getting laser hair removal. Immediately after your treatment, your skin will be a little red and tender. You may also notice a slight but temporary increase in dryness. 

In rare cases, some patients may experience ingrown hairs about ten days after their first few sessions, but these stop being an issue as more and more of your hair follicles respond to the laser. 


How to Treat Dry Skin Before and After Laser Hair Removal 

Treating dry skin before or after laser hair removal is almost the same as treating any other skin type. It’s incredibly important that you keep your skin as healthy as possible, which means avoiding irritating cleansers and exfoliators or excessive sun exposure.

We also recommend amping up your moisturization routine. Stick to lukewarm showers, and apply a thick, creamy moisturizer immediately after while your skin is still damp. This is one of the best ways to prevent skin dryness in the first place. If you live in a dry climate, consider purchasing a humidifier, as well. 

After your laser treatment (and don’t worry, we’ll remind you about this!), avoid saunas, hot showers, and intense gym sessions. Instead, take it easy, and let your skin heal with the help of gentle, fragrance-free, and nourishing products. Don’t use any harsh or resurfacing skincare products for at least 10 days following your treatment. 


Book Laser Hair Removal at SEV

Want to try laser hair removal? At SEV, we’ve perfected the practice, and even patients with dry skin can expect total smoothness. 

Our team of highly-trained nurses and laser technicians know to choose the precise settings to treat each customer safely and effectively, to prevent irritation or side effects while guaranteeing exceptional results. Book an appointment at your nearest SEV to begin your journey to smooth, hairfree skin!