Can I do Laser Hair Removal When I have Acne or Pimples?

Can I do Laser Hair Removal When I have Acne or Pimples?

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TL:DR Summary

  • Caution Advised: Avoid laser hair removal on active acne to prevent irritation and scarring.
  • Reduced Effectiveness: Acne can hinder laser hair removal results and increase burn risks.
  • Clear Skin First: Wait until acne clears for optimal laser hair removal outcomes.
  • Mild Acne Consultation: Seek dermatologist advice for mild acne before laser treatment.
  • Long-term Acne Prevention: Laser hair removal can reduce future acne by minimizing hair growth.
  • Wellaholic’s Expertise: Safe, effective laser hair removal for acne-prone skin with professional consultation.
The table provides a clear and concise overview of various considerations and advice for performing laser hair removal on acne-prone skin, covering aspects like skin sensitivity, risk of irritation, acne type, laser settings, treatment areas, pre-treatment condition, and post-treatment care.
Can I Do Laser Hair Removal When I Have Acne?

Introduction: Can I do Laser Hair Removal When I have Acne or Pimples?

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Are you in Singapore and considering laser hair removal, but concerned about your acne or pimples? You’re not alone! Laser hair removal has revolutionized the beauty industry, but it’s natural to have reservations if you’re dealing with skin issues.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the safety of laser hair removal for those with acne or pimples. So, are you ready to uncover the facts with us? Your journey to understanding the interplay between laser hair removal and skin concerns begins here.

In this article, you will learn about whether it is safe to undergo laser hair removal when you have acne or pimples

Introduction to Laser Hair Removal

How to get rid of unwanted hair with laser hair removal

Are you looking to get smooth, hair-free skin? If yes, let me tell you about laser hair removal. This method gets rid of unwanted hair for a long time. It’s quick, easy, and works well. The process uses a special light. This light targets your hair follicles. It stops them from growing new hair. One great light for this is SHR (Super Hair Removal). It often works better than other types. I’d love to share more about how it can help you.

What is laser hair removal and how does it work? 

Laser hair removal is a method we use to get rid of unwanted hair. It uses a powerful light that goes deep into the skin. This light reaches the hair follicles. These are the small parts in your skin where hair grows. The light harms these follicles. It stops them from growing new hair. After the treatment, your hair falls out. It does not grow back. This is how we remove hair for a long time.

Introduction to SHR or Laser Diode Hair Removal

SHR is a laser diode technology used to target the hair follicles and destroy them without damaging the surrounding skin

What is SHR and why is it better? 

SHR is a type of light that is very good for laser hair removal. It can target the color in your hair follicles and disable them from making new hairs. It can work on both thin and thick hairs, so it can remove any kind of unwanted hair. It can also work on different skin types and colors, so it can suit anyone who wants to try it.

SHR is better than other types of lights because it can remove your unwanted hair faster and more permanently. It can cover large areas of your skin quickly and with little pain for you. It can also give you more sessions of treatment, which means more chances to get rid of all your unwanted hair for good.

Where can you use SHR? 

As an Aesthetic Director, I’ve seen many clients seeking solutions for unwanted hair. SHR, or Super Hair Removal, is a method we often use. It’s great because you can use it almost anywhere on your body. This includes your legs, arms, face, bikini area, and more. It helps make your skin smooth and free from unwanted hair.

Laser hair removal with SHR is a process to remove unwanted hair for good. It uses a special light to target hair follicles. This stops them from growing new hairs. SHR works on various types of hair and body parts. But, it’s important to talk to a professional first. They can tell you if this method is right for you.

Acne is a common skin condition affecting people of all ages. It is caused by an increase in hormones that can lead to an overproduction of oil and bacteria on the skin. Acne can cause red, inflamed bumps on the face, chest, back, and other areas and can range from mild to severe. 

What is Acne?

I’ve seen many people with acne in my work. It’s a skin problem that affects all ages. Hormones can cause it. They make too much oil and bacteria on the skin. This leads to red, sore bumps. These can be on the face, chest, back, or other places. Acne can be mild or bad. It’s a common issue. I always tell my clients that treating acne takes time and care. We must be patient.

Understanding Acne: From Comedones to Cysts and the Role of Topical Treatments and Oral Medications

The most common type of acne is known as comedones or blackheads and whiteheads which are small bumps filled with pus or sebum. Pimples and cysts may also appear as part of acne breakouts. Treatments for acne include topical creams and gels as well as medications such as oral antibiotics or isotretinoin.

Making simple lifestyle changes can have a significant impact on reducing the effects of acne.

Causes of Pimples

Pimple Power: Decoding the Bumps and Battling Back

Do you have pimples? You’re not alone. Many people, especially young ones, face this issue. Pimples can affect how you feel about your looks. But, there are ways to handle them. Let me share some tips with you.

Pimples are small skin bumps. They happen when your skin’s pores get clogged. Pores are tiny openings that let out oil and sweat. Sometimes, they make too much oil or get blocked. Dirt or dead skin can block them. This traps bacteria and causes pimples.

Ever wonder why pimples keep bothering you? It’s not just bad luck. Hormones play a big part. These chemicals in your body can act up, like during puberty. This makes your skin oily, leading to pimples.

Bacteria on your skin can also cause pimples. They get into your pores and cause trouble. Stress doesn’t help either. It makes your body release more hormones. This can make your skin oilier and more likely to get pimples. So, try to relax. Your skin will be happier!

How to prevent and treat pimples? 

Dealing with pimples is a common concern among my clients. From my experience, here’s what works:

Washing your face twice a day is key. Use a gentle cleanser and warm water. This cleans your skin and keeps pores clear. Avoid harsh scrubbing. It can irritate your skin.

It’s tempting, but don’t pop your pimples. This can lead to scars or infections. Let them heal naturally.

Choose the right skin care products. Look for ones with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or tea tree oil. These ingredients fight bacteria and soothe your skin.

Keep your hands off your face. Touching transfers bacteria and causes more pimples. Be mindful of objects like phones too.

Eat well and stay hydrated. A healthy diet and water are good for your skin. They help remove toxins from your body.

Lastly, manage stress and sleep well. This balances your hormones and boosts your immune system. It helps your skin stay clear.

A good facial should cleanse the pores on a deeper level, in order to help maintain clearer skin and stop pimples, blemishes and acne formation

Can you do Laser Hair Removal with Acne/Pimples?

How to get rid of unwanted hair with laser hair removal even if you have acne pimples 

Dealing with unwanted hair can be tough, especially if you have acne. I’ve seen this a lot in my work. Laser hair removal is a great choice for this. It uses light to target hair follicles. This stops new hairs from growing. It’s safe for any part of your body, even with acne. Here’s how it works.

First, a trained expert uses a laser on your skin. This laser sends light to your hair follicles. The light is very focused. It does not harm the skin around it. This is good for people with acne. The process needs a few sessions. But after these, you’ll see less hair. It’s a popular choice for many. It’s effective and long-lasting.

Can you do laser hair removal with acne pimples? 

Yes, you can do laser hair removal even if you have acne pimples. Acne pimples are small bumps on your skin. They happen when your pores clog with oil and bacteria. This makes your skin look red and swollen. Laser hair removal is safe for this. It targets only hair follicles in your skin. It removes hair around or on your acne pimples.

But remember, laser hair removal won’t cure your acne pimples. It doesn’t deal with the oil or bacteria in your pores. It just takes away unwanted hair. You will need other treatments for your acne pimples. Laser hair removal is just one part of your skin care.

For individuals who are planning to undergo laser hair removal, it is important to address any active acne breakouts before the procedure.

Benefits of Treating Acne/Pimples before Laser Hair Removal

Treating acne or pimples before laser hair removal is crucial. I’ve seen many clients benefit from this approach. Clear skin ensures the laser targets the hair follicles more effectively. It also reduces the risk of irritation. Having smooth, acne-free skin makes the hair removal process safer and more comfortable. It’s a step I always recommend for the best results.


In my years of experience in the aesthetics field, I’ve seen many clients curious about whether they can undergo laser hair removal when dealing with acne or pimples. From my interactions and ongoing research, it’s clear that the answer isn’t a simple yes or no. It largely depends on the severity and nature of the acne. Laser hair removal can be safely performed on skin with mild acne. However, it’s crucial to avoid treating areas with active, severe acne as the laser can aggravate these conditions.

I conclude with these key points: If you have mild acne, laser hair removal might actually benefit you by reducing hair that can trap oils and exacerbate acne. But if your acne is severe or inflamed, it’s best to wait until your skin has cleared up before undergoing the procedure. Always consult with a skin specialist to evaluate your specific situation.

Remember, each skin is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. Prioritizing your skin’s health and getting personalized advice will always lead to the best outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is it safe to undergo laser hair removal if I have acne-prone skin?

A: Yes, laser hair removal can be safely performed on acne-prone skin. However, it’s advisable to avoid treating active acne lesions to prevent potential irritation. It’s best to discuss your skin condition with a specialist at Wellaholic before the procedure.

Can laser hair removal worsen my existing acne or pimples?

A: Laser hair removal is generally safe and should not worsen existing acne or pimples. In fact, some laser treatments can have a positive effect on acne by reducing inflammation. Consult with Wellaholic’s experts for personalized advice.

Will laser hair removal be effective if I have acne scars?

A: Laser hair removal targets hair follicles and won’t directly treat acne scars. However, certain types of lasers, like fractional lasers, can improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of scars. Wellaholic offers a range of treatments that may help with acne scars.

Can I receive laser hair removal on areas with active pimples?

A: It’s recommended to avoid treating areas with active pimples during a laser hair removal session. The procedure could potentially irritate the pimples and surrounding skin. Wait until the pimples have healed before undergoing the treatment.

What precautions should I take before getting laser hair removal with acne-prone skin?

A: Before your session, it’s a good idea to cleanse your skin thoroughly to remove excess oil and debris. Avoid using harsh skincare products that could cause further irritation. Discuss your skincare routine with Wellaholic’s specialists for personalized guidance.

Q6: Can laser hair removal help reduce the occurrence of ingrown hairs caused by shaving?

A: Yes, laser hair removal can help reduce ingrown hairs that are common with shaving. By targeting the hair follicles at the root, it minimizes the chances of hair curling back into the skin, leading to fewer ingrown hairs.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

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