Laser Hair Removal for Black Skin

If you’ve decided you want less hair and you want a removal option that’ll last longer than a few days, laser hair removal is the way to go.

However, if you’re a person of color, you’ll find that useful information for people with melanin-rich skin is hard to find.

Here are a few things you’ll need to know for the best Laser Hair Removal for Black Skin results.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment of a hair follicle. Up until recently, laser hair removal wasn’t considered safe for people with dark skin because early models of lasers weren’t created with the ability to differentiate the melanin in the skin from the melanin of the hair follicle.

Because of this, people with darker complexions were at an increased risk of experiencing burns, scarring, discoloration, and other reactions when treated with lasers. However, with new lasers created with melanin-rich skin in mind, this is changing.

What Is the Best Laser For Dark Complexions?

Laser hair removal is incredibly effective for people with darker complexions when performed with a laser that provides a 1064 nanometer laser wavelength of light.

Lasers, such as the Nd:YAG, have a 1064 nanometer wavelength, and this long wavelength bypasses the melanin found in the skin and solely targets the melanin of the hair follicle, making it a safer option for people with dark skin.

Another laser that is good for dark complexions are Alexandrite lasers.

What Should You Expect After A Laser Hair Removal Session?

After your session, you may experience minor bumps on your skin due to inflammation of the hair follicles. You should avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF to prevent burning.

Anything that could overheat the skin should also be avoided, such as the sauna, hot showers, or steam rooms.

Luckily, Prolase Medispa has 35+ years of experience and is no stranger to working with dark skin. Browse our website and book your consultation today.