Laser Hair Removal and Herpes – How to Prevent an Outbreak


Laser hair removal is becoming an increasingly popular method for long term hair removal for both women and men. Facial and pubic hair removal are just two of the common treatments that customers opt for but these two areas can cause problems for herpes sufferers that want to have laser treatment. Not having to deal with shaving or waxing again is certainly attractive when you consider how much time we spend removing unwanted body hair. Laser hair removal and herpes generally do not go very well together but there are ways to make your laser experience much more pleasant if you are a herpes sufferer. This article discusses the potential side effects of laser hair treatment for herpes sufferers and what you can do to avoid them.

Laser treatment can cause a number of side effects or complications but the risk of these is greatly reduced based on the experience of your practitioner. Side effects can include pain, swelling, infection, hyperpigmentation and scarring but the most frustrating one for herpes sufferers is the increased chance of an outbreak.

Other things could cause complications or prevent you from having laser hair treatment altogether. Certain medications make the skin sensitive to light and mean that it is easier for the skin to be scarred after treatment. If you are taking any medications, discuss these with your clinic at your consultation and you may need to stop taking certain medications several months before beginning treatment.

How to Prevent a Herpes Outbreak

Ensure you book an appointment for a full consultation before beginning treatment so that you can discuss any medical conditions or other concerns with your practitioner. Patients with a history genital herpes who are having pubic hair removal are advised to take a course of anti-viral treatment to prevent an outbreak. In the same way, patients who have a history of cold sores or herpes simplex virus type 1 (oral herpes) should also get a prescription of anti-viral treatment as a preventative measure before laser hair treatment on the upper lip or chin. Your laser hair clinic may be able to provide a prescription at the consultation; otherwise you can see your family doctor for one. You will most likely need 4-6 treatments and you should take the anti-viral medication according to your doctor’s instructions before each treatment.

When dealing with laser hair removal and herpes, taking these simple precautions can prevent you from getting another outbreak