How Can I Get Rid of Scarring From Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a method of permanent hair removal. Needles charged with electrical current deliver either heat or chemicals, depending on the specific type of electrolysis, to the hair follicles in your skin. The hair follicles are irreparably destroyed in the process, meaning they will no longer be able to produce hair. According to the American Electrolysis Association and the American Academy of Dermatology, redness or scarring of your skin can result. Getting rid of electrolysis-induced scarring is similar to repairing acne-related scarring.

A woman receives electrolysis in a dermatologist's office. (Image: nikolasvn/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Apply a chemical peel to dissolve the top layer of skin that's scarred only superficially from electrolysis. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that the chemical destruction of the skin leaves a fresh, new layer of skin beneath the scarring that appears smoother. You may experience redness of the skin while you heal from the peel.

Step 2

Sand down the top layers of your skin that are scarred to reveal smoother skin beneath with dermabrasion procedures. The scars' appearance will be greatly minimized, but they may not go away completely.

Step 3

Submit to laser treatments to get rid of scars associated with permanent hair removal. According to the AAD, the intense concentrations of light can heal a variety of scarring issues, including reducing redness, flattening raised hypertrophic scars and smoothing the skin around pocked scars.

Things You'll Need

  • Chemical peels

  • Dermabrasion

  • Laser therapy

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