I’ve begun getting Flash Lamp treatments with The Radiancy SpaTouch. Full legs, lip & chin & Brazilian bikini (the last one being a luxury item for me). I understand pretty well the way hair grows. I believe I understand the phases of the growth too. So, this is my question.
Why shouldn’t I rotary-epilate or tweeze the treated hairs?
Before the obvious answers, let me also say this, I understand that not every hair will be fully treated and that if I pull it out before the next treatment it may be dormant (or missing obviously) and not get treated at all. The effect being that for that particular hair the potential treatment opportunity is nullified for that particular treatment. It is my understanding that when a hair is pulled from it’s follicle that it begins regrowing with the next anagen cycle. In effect sort of “resetting” the cycle in that hair in the sense that a month after pulling all the hairs I can be pretty sure that what is actually currently growing then is mostly in the anogen stage. (please do correct me if I’m mistaken here.) And, I’m in no rush. It matters little to me if I get 5-10 treatments over the course of 1-2 years or 1-5 years. What DOES matter is this in-between stage. Allowing the hair to grow and shaving it is murder on my skin. [color:“blue”](see the explanation below)[/color] Every little irritation hyper pigments it and leaves me with spots everywhere… and then there’s the stinging burning pain of it all.
What I really need to know is this. Does the pulling out of an effectively treated hair before it falls out on it’s own- (meaning, that if I wait the prescribed 2-3 weeks it WILL actually fall out on it’s own)- If I pull that hair will it prevent the process that damages the hairs ability to regrow as a terminal hair from happening, or is it recommended that you not pull the hairs in order to simply identify the untreated ones at the next treatment? I do not wish to negate the whole effect of the treatment but if pulling it will not interfere with that process, I’d like to. There will be a phase of shaving necessary before each treatment but I’ve found that I can sort of cut-out the telogen stage where the slow moving dormant hair is so irritating to my skin, if I pull it out. In 6-8 weeks after epilating, just about every hair currently growing above the skin surface should be in the anagen stage given the average length of a full growth cycle on the legs. Am I wrong about this? I can’t find any information about the actual process of the “alteration” in laser/flash lamps treatments. Does anyone know any more about it?
[color:“blue”]I have a very common “skin condition” called Keratosis Pilaris. (see here if you want to know what it is- http://www.keratosis-pilaris.com/wht_kp.htm ) (and here if you’d like to see a photo. You’ve probably seen it many times and may not known what it’s called- http://www.eskin.com.tw/DB/Upload_Sick/L20030315114017.jpg ) Up to 50% of the worlds population has KP but I’m one of the lucky ones who has it well into my 30s AND who has it all over my upper thighs and bottom (as well as my upper arms and back). It makes hair removal a nightmare and my skin is a mess from the rashes and razor burn… About 10 years ago when I began having hormonal issues related to insulin resistance my hair growth became much thicker. Hairs that had been vellus throughout my life suddenly became terminal hairs. I’d been able to skip shaving the backs of my thighs but I’d begun looking like Sasquatch and couldn’t wear shorts without embarrassment if I didn’t remove the hair. The problem was that the shaving, epilation, depilatories, friction and waxing all left me with rashy looking legs and on the backs of my thighs where they pressed against the chair surface I was sitting on, they hurt… all the time. My skin and body-hair regimen was taking an hour a day out of my life (and with 3 young sons that’s time I can’t afford) I can’t skip a day shaving or the rash worsens and takes several days to heal.
I use TendSkin for some relief and it does help but it costs a fortune for the area I need to cover (I sometimes use a homemade version as well). I also use a prescription alpha hydroxy/urea cream daily. And I exfoliate every day. At least in the areas where the KP is present. [/color]