How to Prepare For Electrolysis
I wrote a post on how to prepare for electrolysis. The two main things to do are to quit any other hair removal methods like waxing, threading or tweezing and to exfoliate your skin. Electrolysis will work faster with the maximum number of hairs present on the skin during treatment. This is because when you remove the hair, even through shaving, the slower growing hairs can take MONTHS to emerge, thus, prolonging your electrolysis treatment plan.
Exfoliation is very important to prep your skin for electrolysis because it removes all the debris that can clog the hair follicle and make insertions difficult. Exfoliation will also help lift out ingrown hairs, which saves me the time of doing it during the treatment.
When you prepare for electrolysis you should also consider pain management. You may want to take a pain reliever beforehand or you may want to apply a numbing cream like EMLA or Maxilene to alleviate the discomfort. Make certain you take your pain reliever or apply the numbing cream several hours before your treatment.
Prepare For Electrolysis Aftercare
Electrolysis is a wound, and as such, you do have to take some precautions to avoid infection after you’ve had electrolysis treatment.
Electrolysis Post-Treatment Care
Effective electrolysis treatment can leave the skin irritated immediately following treatment. Redness, mild swelling and a warm sensation are all very common side effects of a good treatment. (Side effects on the face tend to be much milder than the body.) To ensure proper healing of the skin it is very important you follow the guidelines below.
• Do not apply makeup, creams or lotions to area for 12-24 hours following electrolysis treatment.
• Avoid direct sunlight for 48 hours following treatment (ideally for the whole healing period)
• Do not exercise vigorously following electrolysis treatment. Sweat can irritate treated skin.
• Do not touch, pick, or scratch any scabs that form on the body (facial work rarely produces anything other than mild swelling and redness). If your skin itches during the healing process, gently massage lotion or oil (rosehip oil is great) into the area to alleviate itching.
• Avoid tight fitting clothing over treated areas (bikini line will be irritated by high-cut underwear, stomach can be irritated by belt buckles or the waistlines of pants).
Doing nothing is usually the best thing for your skin. Polysporin, tea tree oil, aloe vera and other products that soothe the treated area are acceptable.
While the facial area rarely displays obvious signs of electrolysis treatment, the body (especially the legs) will often develop red dots or scabbing at the follicle opening. This does not indicate any permanent damage to the skin. The skin will heal within a few weeks. Do not interfere with the natural healing process in any way.
Some skin types are prone to hyperpigmentation, which means that a discolouration may appear at the follicle opening. The colour can range from pink to dark brown depending on your skin tone. This side effect is temporary and will clear up within 3 months to one year.
Once you begin electrolysis treatments it is very important that you stop all other forms of temporary hair removal, except trimming and, only when absolutely necessary, shaving. Any type of hair removal other than trimming will prolong your treatment schedule.
Any questions about post-treatment care or side effects must be addressed within 24 hours following treatment.