I’m male with skin type 2, with light-mid-brown facial hair. It’s really thick around my chin and jaw so it’s painful to shave and I get in-grown hairs - so I’m trying to thin it out a little with laser. I know I need to be careful in case it encourages growth / stimulation - in particular, I’m avoiding checks and neck!
I previously tried Alexandrite as I’m fair skinned with dark hair, but after 3 sessions at 2 clinics (i.e. 6 sessions) I felt zero pain and got zero results! (1 used Soprano Ice Platinum which apparently does both 755nm and 1064nm at the same time). Then I recalled I’d read on here that the YAG is often better for male beards as it goes deeper because of it’s wave length, so I’m now trying that. I wanted to get some input from the experts on here about the settings:
Fluence | Duration | Rate (Hz) | [when]
13 J/cm | 10ms | 1.5hz [most recent - in July]
12 J/cm | 3ms | 1.5hz [in March]
12 J/cm | 5ms | 1.5hz [in February]
[I noted these settings down from the screen of the laser after each session]
Laser: GentleMax Pro - ND:YAG
Skin Type: 2
In terms of pain, I only feel it very slightly where the hair is ultra dense and it wasn’t red (tiny bit) after, wasn’t sore or anything. So far, I may have had a (very) little reduction - it’s really hard to tell as I shave.
Question / advice (please): Are these settings sufficient and if not, which setting(s) should I ask to change / increase? I’m not overly sure what each setting does. Or, if these are sufficient, then is my hair potentially just a bit too deep for laser and so i’m better switching to electrolysis?
Any recommendations / suggestions are welcomed
Thanks in advance!