Many bodybuilders also go to tanning salons or spend a lot of time outdoors. While a tan can help in competitions and can make your definition look better, it’s important to be careful if you’re considering laser hair removal
Lasers and tanned skin can be a bad combination sometimes. Many physicians recommend avoiding sun or tanning beds for at least two weeks before and after a laser treatment.
Laser sometimes reacts with tanned skin, causing dime-sized patches of discoloration. While this effect doesn’t happen to everyone, it can be a real pain when it does-- some tanned patients have had spots that lasted several months.
The medical literature has a couple of examples:
To see what I’m talking about, take a look at this woman’s legs:
Her legs look a lot like the photos from the Hasan article cited above.
So remember: tanning + laser = risky!