Making the decision to remove your hair by electrolysis means that you are making a decision to permanently change a natural part of your body. If you have thought it through carefully, you have done your research and have decided to go ahead with the treatment, here are a few tips that will help make the hair removal process easier and less painful.
Take a Bath
This may appear to be a “no-brainer” however there is a reason for bathing yourself before you attend your electrolysis treatment session. The cleaner your skin is the less painless your session will be because the electrologist can see what they are doing. If your pores are clogged with sweat or dead skin cells it blocks your hair follicles from view and
increases the chances of the procedure being performed improperly.
If your skin is clear things will be a lot easier for both you and the electrolysis professional. It is important to note that you should bathe at least a few hours in advance of your appointment since it can be difficult for the electrologist to work on soft hair follicles that do not stand up.
Postpone Your Appointment If You Have Sunburn
It is not a good idea to undergo electrolysis if you have recent sunburn. Not only can it be very painful during the procedure if someone is prodding at you with a hot needle, you also risk having the procedure done improperly which can make you susceptible to an infection or further skin damage. Additionally, you will likely be in more pain once the procedure is complete than you were going into electrolysis treatment.
Avoid Scented Products Prior to Treatment
Forego the perfume and scented body lotions and oils prior to electrolysis hair removal. Although the products will not interfere with the treatment procedure they can affect the treated area after you have completed the procedure. Perfumes and scents can irritate the hair follicles after the tissue has been destroyed by electric or heat current that is applied during treatment.
Be Careful Not to Over-Treat the Area
If you are male and have particularly coarse hair your hairs may contain a large rhizome or bulb. The rhizome may produce abrasion as it moves through the hair follicle making you believe that there is growth. This illusion can lead to inadvertently over treating the area which can be quite painful. It is important to check to see if the hair moves and if so this is a sign that treatment was successful and the hair needs to simply be pulled out.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Once you start making appointments for electrolysis hair removal make sure you have been following the recommended regimen for drinking water. You should be drinking anywhere from 8-10 glasses of water on a daily basis to keep your skin hydrated. If your skin is dry this leads to irritation and then electrolysis can further irritate the skin following the treatment. You will be much more comfortable after the treatment is complete if you keep your skin hydrated.
Take a Pain Reliever with Food Prior to Electrolysis
If your general physician gives you the okay to take Advil or Tylenol, take the appropriate dose with food about an hour before you arrive at your appointment. This helps to make the treatment process less uncomfortable and will reduce the pain you may feel following the procedure. Doing this also helps if you experience sensitivity during treatment and discomfort when the treatment is complete.
Show Concern for the Electrologist
Sometimes electrologists can work long hours and if they are fatigued then you may be at risk. Ask them if they need a break if you are having a lengthy treatment to ensure that they remain refreshed when they treat you. If you show concern about them they will tend to do a better job with the hair removal treatment.
Do Not Schedule Appointments Too Close Together
Avoid scheduling appointments too close together to allow yourself to recover from the previous treatment. Remember that electrolysis hair removal can sometimes take more than a year with multiple treatments so you must remind yourself to be patient. The typical time frame for treatments consist of one appointment every six weeks and remember that it may be necessary to schedule several visits to ensure the unwanted hairs are completely destroyed.