How to Treat Laser Hair Removal Burns

One of the major risks that come with getting laser hair removal done is the potential of getting burns on the skin. This may occur as a result of the laser used during the procedure being set too high. If you happen to notice burn markings after a laser hair removal appointment, notify the clinic right away. The doctor on staff may wish to examine the burns and recommend a specific course of treatment.

Woman in a spa getting laser hair removal treatment. (Image: nikolasvn/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Use a skin-healing ointment on the burns caused by the laser hair removal machine. Aquaphor is available over the counter, but your doctor may give you a stronger prescription-based cream to use. Aquaphor contains petrolatum and can be applied as needed while your burns heal.

Step 2

Keep the burns moistened and soothed with aloe vera gel. Aloe vera is available over the counter at any pharmacy. Slather a generous amount of the gel on the burns as needed during the healing process.

Step 3

Treat any discomfort with an ice pack. Numb the area with an ice pack wrapped in a towel. You can leave the ice on for 10- to 15-minute intervals. Taking a cool bath can help heal larger areas of the skin that have been burned by laser exposure.

Step 4

Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. With your doctor's permission, you can take an over-the-counter medicine like ibuprofen or acetaminophen every four to six hours as needed.

Step 5

Stay out of the sun. An important part of treatment of laser hair removal burns is to avoid sun exposure. You should keep the burned area covered with clothing or wraps if you need to go outside. If sun exposure is unavoidable, make sure you apply sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice packs

  • Aloe vera gel

  • Aquaphor


It is important to check out a clinic before you go for a laser hair removal treatment. Make sure the procedure will be supervised by a medical doctor who has been in practice for a long period of time.

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