Laser Hair Removal Side Effects

Thinking about going in and getting a laser hair removal treatment?  Or maybe you are doing it at home, but are curious if there are any downfalls to it..

You came to the right place.  In this post I have covered potential common, long term and other side effects.

Keep in mind however, treatment is going to be different for everyone, mainly because of the different colors of skin types and hair types.

Negatives of Laser Hair Removal

Common Laser and IPL Hair Removal Side Effects

There can be side effects with laser and IPL hair removal.  Whether you are doing it at home, or at a professional treatment location.


According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the two most common side effects of laser is skin irritation.

This is a very common side effect.  You might see red bumps, swelling, and feel a little discomfort.  It varies on how long you may experience these post treatment side effects.  They may last a couple hours ranging out to, two days.

Avoid scratching or itching these areas as you can further damage the skin.  Apply an ice pack to the inflammation to help reduce swelling and discomfort.

Irritation of the skin usually occurs after laser treatment and generally isn’t something to be afraid of.  If it persists, consider seeing a doctor or a professional for further advice.

Pigment Changes

The second common issue with laser is that you might experience a change in the pigment of your skin.  People with lighter skin usually will notice a change to darker skin, whereas the opposite is true with darker skin.

This usually is temporary and isn’t something to worry about, but it can be permanent in some cases.  You want to make sure that you consult with your doctor before going forward with any of your treatments.

Other Common Effects

There are other effects of laser such as dryness of the skin, wrinkling, and blistering.  You’ll want to make sure that you follow a post treatment plan that includes petroleum jelly or cream to help combat dryness.

Check out our post on potentially regretting your laser hair removal here.


According to Healthline, it is a myth that laser hair treatment causes infertility.

That being said, if you are pregnant, it is recommended that you avoid laser and IPL treatment.

As a precautionary, it is unknown if there are any effects on the child.

Make sure to talk to your doctor about laser hair treatment during pregnancy.


Many of the same side effects occur on the face as any other body part.  You may experience redness, swelling, dryness, pigment changes, cracking, and more.

When you are doing laser on the face, keep it away from your eyes.  You may incur serious eye injuries if you treat unwanted hair in the area of the eyes.  Don’t do laser treatment on your eyebrows, nose, eyelids or any area close.

Similar: Laser and IPL Treatment FAQ’s 

Dark Skin

There are certain lasers and treatments that are more effective on dark skin.  Similar to any laser treatment, dark skin side effects may include changes of the skin pigment, dark spots, light spots, or hyperpigmentation.

The side effects of treating hair on dark skin include dark spots, light spots, or hyperpigmentation. 

These aren’t guaranteed, but they can happen.  You may also see the common side effects as well.

This is according to

Long Term

Many of the long term side effects are prolonged version of the common side effects.

Dry skin, pigment changes in the skin and excessive hair growth.  You experience scarring in the area of the laser hair treatment as well.

Overall, long term or severe side effects aren’t common, but they can happen.

Always consider playing it safe and understand the risks going into laser and IPL treatment.


That wraps up this post about the side effects of laser hair removal treatment.  Generally, side effects are temporary and aren’t severe.  But, there are cases where laser treatment can cause permanent changes to your skin.

If you have any concerns or questions about laser, consider talking to your doctor or specialist.

Thank you for reading!

Related Posts

Affiliate Disclosure

We occasionally link to products in our posts to help the reader find relevant items they may be looking for. Some of these links may be affiliate in nature and we sometimes earn a small commission if the item is purchased. For full details read our privacy policy.