At Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness, we understand patients want to resume normal activities like showering as soon as possible after laser hair removal treatments.
However, special care must be taken when bathing post-treatment to avoid irritation and other problems. Below we’ll discuss when it’s safe to shower, proper hygiene methods, what to avoid, and aftercare tips.
Dr. Soni advises waiting at least 24 hours before showering after laser hair removal. It’s best to avoid water exposure for a full day to allow the treated area time to heal. Showering too soon can disrupt results and cause issues like:
If you experience excessive itching, stinging, or discomfort after laser hair removal, wait an additional 24 hours before showering. For certain sensitive areas like the bikini line, 3 days is ideal. Use cool compresses and non-prescription hydrocortisone creams to soothe skin until it’s ready for water exposure.
Always check with Dr. Soni and follow post-care instructions provided at your appointment. Notify our office if you experience symptoms like rashes, swelling, oozing, or pus which may indicate an infection requiring medical care.
Once the waiting period has passed, you can shower but should take precautions. Follow these tips for gentle cleansing:
Avoid scrubbing, exfoliating, or wearing constricting clothes on treated areas for 1-2 weeks until skin is fully healed. Hair should not be removed by any method during this time. Shave other body areas carefully.
Cleanse skin gently. Avoid direct shower streams, washcloths, loofahs, and bath puffs over treated spots. Do not submerge the area in baths, pools, or hot tubs which have high bacteria levels.
No, shaving should be avoided in treated areas for at least 2 weeks until the skin is healed.
No, hot water can irritate skin after treatment. Lukewarm showers are best for the first 1-2 weeks.
Exfoliating should be avoided for 1-2 weeks until skin is fully healed. Gentle exfoliation may resume after but scrubbing is not recommended.
No, swimming should be avoided for 2 weeks post-treatment to prevent infection and irritation.
No, heat and moisture from saunas and hot tubs can inflame skin and cause problems after treatments.
In addition to waiting 24-72 hours to shower, you’ll want to avoid activities that could compromise your treatment. Do not:
Take care to protect your skin and investment. Allow time for proper healing so you can enjoy the best possible laser hair removal results.
Dr. Soni stresses proper aftercare once bathing resumes to support the treatment process:
|Apply cool compresses
|Use a cool washcloth or ice pack to reduce swelling and pain after laser hair removal.
|Apply prescription creams as directed
|Your doctor may prescribe a steroid cream for pain and discomfort. Acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory meds can be used as directed.
|Protect your skin from the sun
|Avoid direct sun exposure for 1 month before and after the procedure. Apply sunscreen daily to the treated area to prevent skin damage.
Notify our office if you experience excessive redness, pain, oozing, or other concerning symptoms after showering or washing the treated area. Laser hair removal side effects should resolve within a few days with proper aftercare.
Most patients can return to work, school, and regular routines immediately after laser hair removal. However, activities like athletic training, swimming, and sunbathing should be avoided for 1-2 weeks post-treatment. Wait until skin is fully healed before resuming any activity causing friction, sweating, or sun exposure to treated areas.
Post-treatment swelling and redness may be concealed with makeup after 24 hours. Just be sure to remove products gently and cleanse very delicately if applying cosmetics to treated skin. Use new applicators and cosmetics to avoid contamination.
With proper cleansing and daily care as outlined, most patients are able to remain socially active with minimal downtime following laser hair removal sessions. Just take care to protect treated skin while healing.
If you’re considering laser hair removal, the experts at Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness are here to help you achieve the best results safely and comfortably.
Schedule a consultation to get all your questions answered about safe bathing and activities post-treatment. We look forward to helping you reveal remarkably smooth skin free of unwanted hair.
Can I shower immediately after laser hair removal?
No, you should wait at least 24 hours before showering to allow the treated skin time to heal.
Is it OK to wear tight clothes after laser hair removal?
No, wear only loose, breathable fabrics like cotton that won’t rub or irritate the treated skin.
How long after laser hair removal can I go in the sun?
Sun exposure should be avoided for 4 weeks pre and post treatment. Always apply SPF 30 or higher.
What kind of soap should I use when showering after a laser?
Use a very gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. Avoid harsh soaps and exfoliating scrubs.
Can I apply lotion after showering post laser hair removal?
A: Yes, apply a gentle, dermatologist-recommended moisturizer to keep the treated skin hydrated. Avoid scented lotions.