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19 May 2018

Sun Protection After Electrolysis

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Sun seekers must protect skin after electrolysis

After receiving electrolysis, sun protection is very important. During this method of permanent hair removal a quick burst of heat is introduced into the hair follicle cauterizing the hair, its blood supply and all supporting structures. After electrolysis treatment the follicle is still open and can be vulnerable to the sun’s ultraviolet rays causing unsightly hyperpigmentation. This condition is a challenge to remove so it is best to avoid the sun for 48 hours after permanent hair removal. After this time period, sun exposure is ok when a quality broad spectrum SPF of 30 or higher is applied.

The recommended amount to protect the face and body is 1 oz. (the size of a shot glass). It is also wise to use a lip balm with a sunscreen with a SPF of 30. Sunscreen needs to be re-applied every two hours because swimming and sweating can diminish its effectiveness. Recommended broad spectrum sunscreens include those made by Neutrogena and Aveeno. Each of these brands offer SPF of 30 and up, are non-comedogenic, paraben and oil free and can be used on the face and body.

Limit Your Time Outdoors For Best Sun Protection Results

Also, when taking electrolysis treatments, you can protect your skin by limiting the time you are in the sun. The sun’s rays are most powerful between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.  -According to the cancer.net website ( Dan hyperlink this dark clothing with tightly woven fabric blocks more sun than white or loosely woven fabrics.  It is also helpful to wear clothing made with special sun protective materials.  Additionally, sunglasses with lenses that have 99% UV absorption provide optimal protection for the eyes and skin.  Hats and scarves are another option for excellent sun protection.

Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal that has been deemed permanent by the AMA and the FDA. To learn more about electrolysis services at  Theresa’s Face and Body Cape Coral spa visit our electrolysis services page.

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