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When Can I Wear Deodorant Again After Laser Hair Removal?

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Want to Use Deodorant Without Inflaming Skin After Laser? Read This First.

Do you have questions about using deodorant after laser hair removal? Like, just how long should you wait before applying it again? What ingredients spell trouble for treated skin? Dr Soni from Ethos Spa provides answers to set your mind at ease and keep your pits happy.

Is it Safe to Apply Deodorant Right After Getting Laser Hair Removal?

No, applying deodorant immediately after laser hair removal is not recommended, as the skin needs time to heal and is prone to irritation from deodorant ingredients during this sensitive period.

Why You Should Wait to Apply Deodorant

The skin is extremely sensitive after laser hair removal. The laser targets the hair follicles below the surface, causing inflammation and tenderness around the treated area.

Ingredients in deodorants like fragrances and alcohol can further aggravate the irritated skin when applied too soon. The friction of rubbing deodorant on the tender area can also disturb the hair follicles.

Allowing 24-48 hours before applying deodorant gives the damaged skin time to recover. This helps prevent negative reactions.

How Long to Wait Before Applying Deodorant

According to Dr. Soni, the general recommendation is to wait at least 24 hours after laser hair removal before cautiously reapplying deodorant. However, for sensitive skin, it’s advisable to wait 48 hours or longer.

The ideal timing depends on:

  • The location and intensity of the treatment
  • Your skin type and sensitivity
  • The extent of irritation and inflammation

If the skin looks or feels like it’s healing, continue holding off on deodorant for a bit longer. Why take needless risks? It’s better to err on the side of caution.

Listen to Your Skin

Most importantly, pay attention to your skin’s signals. If you experience any discomfort, stinging, or irritation when reapplying deodorant, stop usage immediately. Allow more time for the healing process to finish before trying again.

Ethos Spa offers expert solutions for managing irritation after laser hair removal. Talk to us today!

What Are the Risks of Wearing Deodorant Immediately After Laser Hair Removal?

Wearing deodorant immediately after laser hair removal can irritate sensitive skin, causing stinging, redness, rashes, and bumps. It may also slow healing time, increase infection risk, and worsen inflammation around hair follicles.

We’ve already mentioned how lasers may cause inflammation and tenderness. The issues aren’t limited to that, though. We should also consider the following facts:

  • The heat from the laser also makes the skin more readily absorptive temporarily.
  • This sensitization means the skin is prone to reacting to foreign substances applied prematurely.

What Ingredients in Deodorants Can Irritate?

  • Fragrances
  • Alcohols
  • Chemicals

When applied to damaged, heated skin, these ingredients may:

  • Sting or burn
  • Cause redness and itching
  • Worsen inflammation

Are There Specific Types of Deodorants to Avoid After Laser Hair Removal?

When resuming deodorant use after laser hair removal, certain types are more likely to irritate sensitive skin as per Dr. Soni. It’s best to avoid harsh ingredients while your skin is healing.

Alcohol-Based Formulas

Deodorants containing alcohol tend to sting and burn freshly treated skin. The alcohol can seep into pores and follicles, exacerbating inflammation.

Heavily Scented or Perfumed

Fragrances commonly cause redness, rashes, and reactions on skin recovering from laser resurfacing. It’s best to avoid scented products for 48 hours post-treatment.

Harsh Chemical Formulas

Ingredients like parabens in regular deodorants can be overly drying and irritating. Natural, fragrance-free deodorants are gentler alternatives after laser.

The Safest Initial Options

What Dr. Soni considers the safest deodorants after laser hair removal include:

  • Minimally-ingredient formulas
  • Unscented
  • Fragrance-free
  • Aloe-based
  • Gentle natural deodorants

Deodorants and Antiperspirants Post-Treatment: Other Notable Facts

  • For hidradenitis suppurativa, sprays are better tolerated than sticks which can worsen symptoms. Topical antimicrobials also help control odor and irritation.
  • During radiation therapy, antiperspirants do not increase radiation delivery or side effects.

Best Deodorant for Sensitive Skin After Laser Hair Removal

Dr. Soni suggests choosing aluminum-free deodorants to avoid potential irritation, as aluminum compounds can be drying. 

Unscented natural deodorant alternatives also tend to be less irritating for compromised skin. Brands like Crystal utilize natural mineral salts for moisture absorption.

Additionally, witch hazel can be cautiously applied to the underarm area several days after treatment due to its anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe skin. Always patch-test any new products first. 

If irritation develops, discontinue use and wait a bit more. Choose the most non-reactive deodorant to keep your skin comfortable.

Natural Deodorant Alternatives for Laser Hair Removal

Dr. Soni notes natural deodorant alternatives are ideal for sensitive skin following laser hair removal. Harsh ingredients should be avoided while the skin is healing.

What to Look for in Natural Deodorants

  • Formulas specifically for sensitive skin
  • Free of alcohol, baking soda, and added fragrances
  • Non-irritating ingredients like mineral salts
  • Cream or spray application to avoid friction

Product Examples

  • Crystal mineral salt spray
  • Vanicream aluminum-free deodorant
  • Soapwalla sensitive skin cream
  • Bubble & Bee sensitive pit cream

How to Apply Natural Deodorants

  1. Use a small amount initially after healing
  2. Stop use if any irritation develops
  3. Gradually reintroduce stronger scents/formulas
  4. Give skin time to stabilize before regular deodorants

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Can you wear deodorant before laser hair removal?

Do not apply deodorant before laser hair removal, as it leaves a residue that deflects the laser, reducing treatment effectiveness. 

Can I use antiperspirant after laser hair removal?

Right after, no. After 2 days, use only unscented, alcohol-free antiperspirant. Then gradually reintroduce regular deodorant as your skin heals.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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