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17 Jan 2019

After Electrolysis Treatments

For those who have undergone permanent hair removal, daily aftercare to promote healing includes cleansing and applying a topical healing agent such as cortisone, triple antibiotic and calendula gel. Also, it is equally important in protecting your skin from the sun using a sunscreen of at least a 50 SPF. At Theresa’s Face and Body Cape Coral Spa, we have seen many men, women and transgender clients with a variety of skin tones who can be sensitive to the effects of the sun. This is important to keep in mind as it takes up to 30 days beneath the skin for it to recover from electrolysis.

Why 30 days To Recover?

Because there are three skin layers, the epidermis or outermost layer of skin, the dermis, which contains strong, connective tissues, hair follicles and sweat glands, and the last layer of skin, the deeper subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis) made up of fat and connective tissue that need adequate time to heal. Also, beneath the skin are the melanocytes, where the melanin is found that gives our skin its color. The melanocytes can become overstimulated with sun exposure and rise to the surface of the skin especially in Individuals with darker skin tones. This condition presents with darkened areas and blotching. This is known as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation can occur because of the sun’s rays overstimulating the skin’s melanin, causing it to leaving a darkened, blotchy appearance.

Avoiding Hyperpigmentation

To avoid hyperpigmentation, we recommend using an SPF sunblock of at least 50 or more on your face and other areas you have had electrolysis treatment that are exposed to the sun. The recommended application time is every two hours whether you are exposed to the sun or driving in a vehicle. It should also be noted that even when it is overcast, it is important to protect the skin because the sun’s rays can permeate the clouds and cause skin damage.

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