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Botanical Oils and Laser Hair Removal

Botanical oils are oils extracted from various plants, such as coconut, avocado, or almond, that are commonly used in skincare products and hair care products. These oils are rich in nutrients and can provide many benefits for the skin and hair, such as moisturizing, nourishing, and protecting.

However, when it comes to laser hair removal, it is generally recommended that you avoid using botanical oils on the areas being treated. This is because the oil can interfere with the laser treatment by absorbing the laser energy and potentially causing burns, blistering, or discoloration of the skin.

The laser targets the pigment in the hair follicles, and if the skin is coated with oil, it can cause the laser to target the oil instead, which can lead to adverse effects. Additionally, the oil can make it difficult for the laser to penetrate the skin and effectively target the hair follicles.

Keep in mind that there are many products that will contain high concentrations of botanical oils in them, many cosmetics, perfumes, bath salts, etc. You want to pay attention to your routine a couple of days before and after your treatments. 

What about organic or "natural" deodorants?

Organic or "natural" deodorants are becoming increasingly popular as people seek out products with fewer synthetic ingredients. However, like botanical oils, these types of deodorants can also cause a bad reaction when used in conjunction with laser hair removal.

This is because organic and natural deodorants often contain ingredients such as baking soda, essential oils, or other plant extracts, which can be irritating to the skin. When the skin is already sensitive from laser hair removal, the addition of these potentially irritating ingredients can cause redness, itching, or even burning.

Furthermore, some natural deodorants contain ingredients that can darken the skin, such as tea tree oil or lemon juice, which can interfere with the laser's ability to target the hair follicles effectively. Darkened skin can absorb more laser energy, potentially leading to burns or other skin damage.

Again it is best to avoid using any deodorant or antiperspirant products on the areas being treated for laser hair removal, at least 24-48 hours before and after the treatment. 

If you have questions about a certain product you use, always bring it to your technician's attention. They have the knowledge to guide you in the best way to keep taking care of your skin and being safe for your Laser Hair Removal treatments.