From removing hair to clearing acne, at-home laser systems are popping up everywhere. They not only save a trip to the dermatologist office but also can be a little easier on the purse strings. But since we aren’t doctors, there are things to consider before taking one home. Here are three things to keep in mind when trying at-home lasers for the first time.
Consider Your Skin
Your complexion is a big factor when it comes to these at-home treatments. Instead of getting the clearer, pigment-free skin you’re looking for, the laser treatment may make things worse. “People with darker skin tones or with the genetics of darker skin may make pigment in response to inflammation”, explains New York dermatologist Jody Levine, MD. “These people should be very careful with at home laser treatments so as to make sure that their skin don’t get darker in response to laser.” Your skin may also need a lightening agent prior to your home treatment.
Have You Tanned Lately?
If you plan to laser right after a tanning session, you may want to hold off. To get the most out of your laser system, Levine advises to wait at least 2 weeks after getting tan.
Avoid Open Lesions
Make sure skin conditions like cold sores, fresh cuts or any other open lesions stay far away from those beauty rays. These systems can only make them a lot worse.
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