Is Laser Hair-Removal Really Safe?

Is Laser Hair-Removal Really Safe?
Is Laser Hair-Removal Really Safe? - If you got that question on your head, the answer is it depends on your skin color. Laser hair removal technology has come a long way since the early 1990’s where people of naturally darker skin complexions such as those of African, Latino, and Asian descent were discouraged from using this procedure. Today, depending on the product, it can work for people with light to medium skin tone, but it is still not suitable for darker skin tones like those of African Americans.

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This is not discrimination but how this technology works. The laser seeks out the melanin pigmentation in hair follicles and disables it. As such, when used on dark skin, the laser would not only remove the hair but also hurt the skin. That said, advances in technology have meant that it can’t work on a wider range of skin colors today.

Another factor you need to consider is the color of your hair. The light emitted by the laser device is attracted to darkly pigmented hair follicles (those with a high concentration of melanin). As such, people with dark hair are the ones who report the highest levels of efficiency and success with the procedure. The method does not deliver results with the same level of efficacy when used on people with red, blonde or grey hair.

Here is a useful rule of thumb; If you have fair skin and dark hair, you are the ideal candidate for this procedure. If you have olive brown skin and brown hair, it would work for you but not as efficient as on someone with fair skin and dark hair. If you have dark skin, grey, white, or blonde hair, then you should consider other methods.

You should also check other actual user reviews to see whether a particular device works for particular skin or hair color. To be completely certain, consult your dermatologist first before using a particular machine.

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