DEAR FRIENDLY FORMULATOR: I am getting electrolysis for the nasty hairs on my chin, neck and lip area soon. What kind of after care should I do to keep my ultra sensitive skin moisturized and prevent redness and bumps after the hair is removed? — ELATED TO BE DEPILATED
DEAR ELATED TO BE DEPILATED: Congratulations on choosing this form of hair removal — electrolysis is a great method for safely and permanently removing all types of hair from all skin tones. But you are also right to be thinking of your aftercare now. We checked with a Registered Nurse about the following skincare steps after electrolysis.
You will want to stock your Sensitive Skincare After Care Arsenal with four things:
- Witch Hazel — helps with inflammation (TN Dickinson’s Witch Hazel includes 100 cotton rounds)
- Tea Tree Oil — prevents scabbing (a great 100% USDA organic therapeutic grade oil is Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil by Mary Tylor Naturals. We also recommend EO Products Tea Tree Oil.)
- Aloe Vera Gel — soothes and moisturizes (we like Fruit of the Earth’s 100% Pure, No color added Aloe Vera Gel)
- Cotton swabs or Q-tips — for clean application
Follow these steps for best results after an electrolysis hair removal session:
STEP 1: Clean the area with mild soap (wash your hands first).
STEP 2: Apply Witch Hazel, gently and lightly blotting the area. Witch Hazel acts as a cooling agent to help reduce inflammation.
|TIP: You can buy Witch Hazel in any drugstore or online. Witch Hazel pads are super convenient. You *can* use Hydrogen Peroxide as a substitute, but it’s a bit harsh for sensitive skin.|
STEP 3: Apply 100% pure Tea Tree Oil. It’s very potent, so you need to dilute it. Use a very small amount to dab onto the area. Use 100% pure oil and always use a clean cotton swab or Q-tip to apply it.
|TIP: If you are not fond of the strong Tea Tree Oil smell, you can mix it with a little Lavender Oil.|
STEP 4: Massage a small amount of COLD Aloe Vera Gel on top of the Tea Tree Oil to smooth and moisturize your skin. Cold Aloe Vera should help with any hyperpigmentation concerns.
|TIP: Aloe should be the first ingredient listed on the label. The gel should look clear, not blue or green. Store in the refrigerator.|
For more information about electrolysis, see the American Electrolysis Association website here.
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