Safest Hair Removal Treatments for Tanned Skin

Silky smooth, hair-free skin is a necessity for Spring and beach season, but laser hair removal treatments aren’t fit for suntanned skin. If you have olive-toned or darker skin, laser hair removal treatments may cause hypo- or hyperpigmentation, scarring and burns. However, depilatory creams and waxing aren’t your only options.
One of the latest advancements in permanent hair removal is Cynosure’s Acclaim systemthat uses a high-powered YAG laser to remove hair on darker skin. The machine can also be used to get rid of spider veins and offers several anti-aging benefits, and it is proving to be one of the safest hair removal treatments available. Here’s a close look at your best options for getting rid of unwanted hair if you have tanned skin:

What is Acclaim Hair Removal Procedures?

The Acclaim laser system is designed with a high-powered Nd:YAG laser, and is suitable for all skin types. The single laser can be pulsated on the treatment area, and works by destroying the hair follicles completely. The heat, however, does not cause burning or scarring because the laser delivers a cooling treatment to protect the surrounding tissues from thermal injury. 
The Acclaim laser device can be used to treat facial veins, spider veins on the face and neck, and to remove unwanted body hair from almost anywhere on the body. The device is made by Cynosure, the company behind the Smartlipo and Smartlipo MPX systems, and the Affirm C02 device. Most people see results after just one session of this high-powered treatment, and it may be the safest option for individuals with darker skin and dark hair.

What is a Conventional 1064nm Nd:YAG Laser?

The standard 1064nm Nd:YAG laser is used to treat a number of skin conditions. It is commonly used in anti-aging therapy to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, break down damaged skin cells embedded deep under the skin’s surface, and to create a more even skin tone.
This powerful laser is also used to get rid of body hair, and emits the longest wavelength of light. The laser can be used on any area of the body, and offers a low risk of side effects such as burning, scarring and inflammation for individuals with a darker skin tone.

What are Depilatory Creams and Waxing?

If laser hair removal treatments are out of your budget range, depilatory creams and waxing are some other options to consider. You will need to test the products on a small patch of skin before use to make sure your skin doesn’t exhibit any adverse side effects. Most natural hair removal products are suitable for darker skin types. However, results are not permanent, and you may end up blocking the hair follicles and experiencing breakouts in the treated area as the hair starts to grow back.
Learn more about laser hair removal in our information guide, or consult with a medspa in your area to find out if you are a good candidate for hair removal procedures.