I’m African American and I just had laser hair removal done on my lower abdomen. After they did a test spot and I scarred, they tested a spot using a lower energy and my skin had no adverse reaction to it. However, I only had a small stubble when they did the entire area because they told me it was okay to shave. It seemed to work alot better when they did the test spot because my hair was much longer. Its been 22 days and the stubble is still there. Now, I think I am screwed because the hair isn’t growing any longer so my next treatment can be more effective. I wish I would have never shaved before the first treatment. Is the reason the treatment worked better when my hair was longer because when it’s shorter its more coarse? I have coarse hair as it is, but it seems to be less coarse once its grown out. Also, will the hair ever grow back? I’ve only had one treatment and it was a low energy.
I’ve been getting ingrown hairs from the treatment, which is what I was trying to prevent by getting the treatment in the first place (go figure). I was thinking of making my own tend skin mixture, but I wasn’t sure if it was safe to use with hydroquinone. I’m using a 3% over the counter strength because the 4% caused irritation. I’ve also been using azaleic acid they prescribed. I’m not just using these to prepare my skin for the laser, but also to fade all the old scars on my stomach from years of fighting with ingrown hairs. I’m in my early 20s, and I just want to show off my stomach like all the other girls my age. I’m a dancer, so not being able to show off the stomach I’ve worked so hard to get makes me so frustrated. because my hair is so coarse, if I were to shave I’d have to do it everyday, and there’d still be a shadow, which of course isn’t cute. But waxing and tweezing causes ingrown hairs. I thought laser would be the answer, but it didn’t seem to work and its causing more ingrown hairs. Is there any hope for me?! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />