I was wondering if I can go to the beach and tan after an ipl hair removal on my arms and legs - Is it bad to tan?
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Avoid sun after IPL
No Tanning After IPL or Laser Hair Removal
We definitely recommend our patients not tan for a minimum of 2 weeks and preferably a month after IPL or laser hair removal. Also, if you are planning to go back for another treatment, you shouldn’t get a tan because that will interfere with your next treatment and it may have to be rescheduled. Often patients who like to be in the sun will do their laser hair removal in the fall or winter when they won’t be outdoors often. You can get hyperpigmented or hypopigmented areas if you get tan before or after these treatments.
Dr. Grant Stevens
Tanning after IPL
Thank you for your question dimataher. The IPL treatment can be used to address unwanted hair on the skin in addition to rejuvenation and treating sun damage. After any type of laser treatment or chemical peel the skin will be sensitive to the sun for a period of time. A sun tan after a laser treatment can lead to burns and scars. I recommend avoiding sun for two weeks after a hair removal treatment. I also recommend against sun tanning in general because the sun leads to the damage that we treat with lasers. The best way to address sun damage is to avoid the sun in the first place. Spray tans are a great alternative to sun tanning. Good luck!
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