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Electrolysis Contraindications & After Care

Updated: Jan 3

CONTRAINDICATIONS Unfortunately not all treatments are for everyone. Please check our contraindications list to make sure you avoid disappointment.

  • Pacemaker

  • Epilepsy

  • Heart conditions (uncontrolled)

  • High blood pressure (uncontrolled)

  • Diabetes (uncontrolled)

  • Cancer (all forms)

  • Undergoing chemotherapy or immune therapy

  • Immunodeficiency

  • Lupus

  • Pregnant

  • Varicose veins

  • Active Herpes/cold sores (on treatment area)

  • Moles

  • Open lesions

  • Infection

  • Sunburn

  • Depilatory creams (wait 2 weeks)

  • Recent waxing/plucking (all electrolysis based hair removal treatments require there to be a follicle to target)


  • Following your treatment, do not touch or scratch the area treated. Bacteria can cause a breakout.

  • Do not wash or wear make-up over the treated area for 24 hours.

  • Avoid perfume or alcohol-based products. They will dry out your skin. You can wipe the area with witch hazel, if needed.

  • Avoid excessive sweating. Do not use a steam room, sauna, jacuzzi or exercise for 24 hours or until the redness has subsided. Exercise before your electrolysis appointment instead of afterwards.

  • Avoid the sun for the next 72 hours to avoid pigment spots.

  • Do not swim in a chlorinated pool for the first 48 hours following treatment.

  • If small scabs appear, do not scratch them away. This can cause scarring. Allow them to fall off naturally. This is nature零 way of healing the follicle that we have treated.

  • Occasionally one or more tiny bruises may appear in the treatment area. These occur when an electrolysis probe affects a capillary (small blood vessel) feeding the follicle. Expect the bruising to fade over a few days.

  • Remember: Some re-growth is to be expected. If you will return when the first re-growth occurs, the roots are shorter and weaker and therefore can be treated more effectively.

What to do in between treatments

  • Do not tweeze or wax hairs in the treatment area in between treatments because this will delay the growth cycle and will increase the treatment time. Clipping or shaving is allowed because this method doesn’t interfere with the growth cycle.

  • Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

  • Dehydrated skin means you will need more treatments to permanently destroy the follicle. Moisture is needed for better conductivity of the electricity. A daily application of very moisturising cream is recommended.

  • Drink a lot of water the day before, day of, and the day after your treatments. Electrolysis relies on moisture in the follicle to be effective. Drinking lots of water the day after your treatment helps the skin heal faster.

  • Use sunscreen every day. The fewer pigment cells there are, the less chance there is for hypo- or hyperpigmentation problems (the chance is very small, but we prefer to be on the safest side possible).

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