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What Skin Types Does Laser Hair Removal Work On? 

 September 9, 2020

By  Mikey Almeida

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What Skin Types Does Laser Hair Removal Work On?

Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the United States. That being said, it is a permanent procedure, and should be taken seriously.
 

Honestly, it's better to think of Laser Hair Removal like you would think of plastic surgery. Laser hair removal results are permanent and you are changing how you look forever!


People have all sorts of reasons to remove hair. Waxing, shaving, plucking, and tweezing are all common ways to get rid of hair.

These treatments are all time consuming and costly, and can be quite annoying to perform at home. Laser hair removal is a very powerful solution to this problem.


However,  a common misconception is that laser hair removal only works on some skin types, unlike manual hair removal... This used to be true!


However, with the recent advancements we have made in technology, laser hair removal can safely and effectively be offered to everyone. 


However, the treatment is much more effective when there is a difference between skin color and hair color.


That being said, the ideal hair type for laser hair removal is dark and coarse, and the best candidates for this type of hair removal are those who have light/pale skin and darker/coarser hair.


For laser hair removal to function, the pigment within the skin and hair has to absorb heat. In general, if something is darker it has more melanin which is responsible for absorbing heat. 


For example, fine blonde or grey hair may not always disappear on very light skin regardless of which laser or IPL (intense pulsed light) unit is used.


Melanin is naturally developed in the body, and produced with exposure to Ultra Violet rays.  That's why people who are in the Sun a lot have tan skin!


So the contrast between lighter skin types and darker hair allows the melanin within the hair to be safely and easily targeted. In the past, if a person had light skin and light hair, or dark skin and dark hair, laser hair removal would have been much less effective for this reason!

Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin

The laser at Miami Skin Spa works on all skin colors and types. Our laser also works on any hair type from fine to coarse hair types. 


Laser hair removal works on all skin complexions. If you are dark skinned then your laser hair removal treatment will be highly effective. 


However, and specifically at Miami Skin Spa, we use the latest technology to make sure this is not an issue.


In your free consultation, our nurses use the Fitzpatrick Scale to categorize a patients skin type, and then customize the treatment to that person!


Does Laser Hair Removal Work on Brown Skin

Yes, by using Cutera's excel HR, we can safely, effectively, and quickly remove any and all hair from the body of any skin color.


People with brown skin are great candidates for Laser Hair Removal


Can Black Skin Get Laser Hair Removal

Yes, our laser hair removal works great on black skin. 


You may be wondering, is there anyone that laser hair removal wont work on?


The answer is, unfortunately, yes, However, these have nothing to do with skin color or hair type. Instead, these always have to do with medical reasons, which will always be discussed by our nurses in a consultation.


You can use the chart below to identify your skin type:

What's your skin type?


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