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Why does laser hurt some people and not others?

Over the past 10 years,  the search for the best laser hair removal in London has surged exponentially. Laser hair removal is an effective, luxurious solution for those who wish to ditch the razor and avoid the pitfalls of ingrowing hairs and other related skin concerns. But as the best laser hair removal clinics know, patients often ask, “Why does laser hurt some people and not others? In this article I am trying to shed light on the mystery and possible causes.

How does laser hair removal feel?

Laser works by directing a concentrated beam of light towards hair follicles. This light is absorbed by the pigment in the hairs, subsequently damaging the follicle and reducing hair growth. During this process, the sensation can be described as a rapid “snap” or a warm prickling feeling.

Why does laser hurt some people and not others?

Those with a higher contrast between their skin tone and hair colour, such as individuals with light skin and dark hair, often find the treatment more comfortable. This is because the laser can easily target the hair without affecting the skin as much.

Naturally, everyone has a different threshold for pain. What might feel like a slight pinch to one person could be more painful to another. And that is totally normal.

Some body areas are more sensitive than others. For instance, the bikini line or upper lip might feel more intense than the forearm or calf. The simple reason behind this is that on these areas the skin is much thinner and more prone to sensitivity.

Other factors that may impact your pain levels during laser:

Certain conditions or times can heighten an individual’s sensitivity to laser hair removal, making the treatment feel stronger.

Women might find that they’re more sensitive during certain days of their menstrual cycle. It’s not uncommon for the skin to be more susceptible to pain around the time of menstruation.

Those with conditions like dermatitis or eczema might find their skin is more reactive to treatments.

Some medications can increase sensitivity to light, making the laser treatment feel more intense.

Safe laser hair removal should be a priority 

It’s essential for individuals to communicate with their technician about any concerns or heightened sensitivities. A reputable clinic will always prioritize the patient’s comfort and safety.

The best laser hair removal experiences blend efficacy with comfort, and a little knowledge can guide you in your journey to smoother, hair-free skin. Remember, the journey to achieving luxurious results begins with informed decisions.

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