Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition where patches of skin become darker than the surrounding skin. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including sun exposure, hormonal changes, and skin injuries. For people with hyperpigmentation, laser hair removal may seem like a tempting solution to unwanted hair growth. However, there are concerns that the treatment may make hyperpigmentation worse.
Does laser hair removal make hyperpigmentation worse?
Laser hair removal can potentially make hyperpigmentation worse. But it depends on the individual and the specific type of laser used. Some lasers, such as those that use intense pulsed light (IPL), can worsen hyperpigmentation by causing additional skin damage and inflammation.
However, there are other types of lasers; such as the Nd:YAG laser, that are safe and effective for people with hyperpigmentation. The Nd:YAG laser uses longer wavelengths of light that penetrate deeper into the skin. Which makes it safer for darker skin tones and reducing the risk of hyperpigmentation.
Risk of hyperpigmentation
It’s important to note that hyperpigmentation is a potential risk with any type of laser treatment. Not just laser hair removal.
To reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation, it’s important that you choose Clinic that:
- adheres to safety guidelines and protocols
- uses the right laser for your skin tone
- and guide you throughout your treatment course to prevent hyperpigmentation occurring in the first place.
Additionally, it’s important to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen regularly after laser hair removal to protect the skin from further damage and to prevent hyperpigmentation.
If you are concerned whether you are suitable for treatment or have any questions that you would like to discuss please contact my Expert team to request a free consultation.
How to book your consultation and what happens during your first visit?
As the first step of your skin journey at Skin Perfection, you’ll be invited to attend a no obligations consultation. This will give you the opportunity to get a good understanding of your skin.
During your first meeting you’ll receive all the information and knowledge you’ll need to keep your skin healthy. Finally to manage your skin concerns your practitioner will recommend you a personalised treatment plan.