Can you permanently remove facial hair?

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Hair Laser Removal

Permanently remove facial hair

In some ways, facial hair is worse than unwanted hair anywhere else. Not only is it impossible to cover up, but removing hair from your face can leave you with rashes, bumps and sore skin. Often it feels like you’re just exchanging one problem for another. And almost all methods of hair removal are only temporary, leaving you in a constant cycle between having facial hair or irritated skin. 

If you are wondering if there is any way to safely and permanently remove hair from your face, the good news is yes — laser hair removal is an effective and safe way to permanently remove facial hair.

Is it safe to have laser hair removal on the face?

Laser hair removal is safe and the NHS says there is no evidence it can cause cancer. However, there can be complications. Unfortunately, a lack of regulation around laser hair removal means someone can perform it without adequate training and professional qualifications. In addition, burns can occur if the laser hair removal machine is unsuitable for the skin tone being treated or because the person using the machine does not know how to operate it correctly. 

This is why it is so important to consider more than just price when looking for a clinic to perform laser hair removal. You might pay more for an experienced, qualified practitioner using the latest laser hair removal machine, but is it really worth trying to save money by using someone who could give you blisters, burns and permanent scarring?

Do home laser machines permanently remove hair?

Travelling to a clinic for facial laser hair removal might seem time-consuming. We get it — why travel if you can do it yourself at home? And home laser machines do work and can produce impressive results on the face and body. However, here are three reasons you might want to travel to a clinic for professional laser hair removal.

  1. Laser hair removal is more painful with a machine made for home use.
  2. Laser hair machines for personal use are less powerful, meaning you will likely need more sessions.
  3. Home laser hair removal machines are unsuitable for darker skin or lighter hair.

How to look after your skin after laser hair removal

Wintertime is one of the best times to get laser hair removal on the face because laser treatment can make skin sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light. You still need to be careful — even if there is no sun, ultraviolet light (UV) can penetrate clouds. We recommend always using factor 40+ sun protection products (even if you haven’t had laser hair removal). 

Here are some other things you should avoid after your treatment:

  • Sunbeds 
  • Retinol cream or products containing retinol
  • Peels or products with alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). 

It is also advisable to use gentle facial products that are perfume free, as they are less likely to cause irritation. 

Is laser hair removal on the face permanent?

Although laser hair removal is considered permanent, you may need a top-up treatment after six to 12 months. But hairs that grow back are normally softer, finer and lighter in colour. What’s clear is that with up to a 90% reduction in hair after laser hair removal, no other method will give you the same results.

Shumaila’s aesthetic and laser clinics in London and Essex provide the most advanced laser hair removal, suitable for almost all skin types. Book your FREE consultation today to find out if you are suitable for permanent laser hair removal.

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