Why can’t I tan during laser hair removal?

Why can’t I tan during laser hair removal?

It’s not entirely true. You can tan during laser hair removal but with several caveats. Tanning increases the melanin in the skin. The laser is attracted to melanin, so if the skin has increased melanin it’s difficult for the laser to distinguish between hair and skin. Tanning can also cause complications such as burning or discoloration of the skin as well as sun bleaching hair which is not desired as laser hair removal still isn’t effective on gray, blonde or red hair.

The advanced laser technology used at Inkfree, MD has settings that allow technicians to more easily treat darker skin types. It is possible to tan and still receive laser hair removal. However, because the color of the skin is closer to the color of the pigment, the laser’s settings cannot be as aggressive as they would be if you didn’t tan.

That means you’ll probably need to schedule more sessions to ensure all hair is completely removed. Also, some body parts receive more sun exposure than others, such as the arms and neck, so the […]