In the majority of cases, laser hair removal will not be affected by medication. Most common medications, such as cold and flu medications, antibiotics, and mood regulators, do not cause any adverse reactions when it comes to laser hair removal. However, there are some medications and dietary supplements that should be avoided prior to undergoing laser hair removal treatments. Antihistamines, which are used to reduce allergy symptoms, contain photosensitive compounds that can react negatively to laser hair removal treatments.
This is especially important to keep in mind during springtime, when both allergies and laser hair removal treatments are popular. Some medications that should be avoided before treatments are Benadryl, Claritin, and Periactin. Additionally, antibiotics and Accutane can increase skin sensitivity to light and the risk of skin damage following laser hair removal. Retin-A may also increase the likelihood of skin damage and make the skin more sensitive to light. Blood thinners, herbal supplements, and some vitamins can increase the chances that laser hair removal will cause bleeding and bruising.
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements should be stopped at least two weeks before undergoing laser hair removal treatments. Garlic supplements should also be avoided at least two weeks before treatment. Laser hair removal is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a powerful beam of light energy to target the hair follicles. The light energy damages the follicles, preventing them from producing new hair. While laser hair removal rarely causes side effects, it is important to remember that it works with a strong beam of light energy that can affect the skin. If you have any questions about laser hair removal treatment or other skin treatments, it is recommended to contact a doctor or clinic for advice.
Your doctor can advise you on what medications and supplements you should avoid before laser hair removal. By doing so, you can ensure that the laser only focuses on the hair follicles and not on the surface of the skin.