These At-Home Laser Hair Removal Machines Are Worth Every Penny

June 29, 2020

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When it comes to at-home hair removal, there are options abound. Whether your goal is smooth legs and pits or a full-on Brazilian, there are trimmers, razors, and waxing kits for the job. Unfortunately, though, these solutions are all temporary, meaning you’ll be back at it as soon as a few days later.

If you’re on the hunt for more permanent results, there are a few options, including at-home laser hair removal machines. Though admittedly a bit intimidating, Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, says there are pros to this DIY—they are less expensive than in-office treatments and can be done on your own time (especially great for anyone with a busy or unconventional schedule).

“Though you’ll get better results with a professional hair removal laser machine at a physician’s office, at-home devices definitely get the job done, though most folks will need to go over the areas several times,” says Jaliman. They may also require followup maintenance if some stray strands return, she explains.

Not everyone should jump to buy an at-home laser hair removal machine, though. “The device is best suited for patients with dark hair and lighter skin tones,” says Dr. Stacy Chimento, a board-certified dermatologist at Riverchase Dermatology in Miami. “Tanned or dark skin runs the risk of hypo or hyperpigmentation, because the hair laser can mistake the darker skin pigment as the target—the hair follicle.”

It’s always wise to do a spot test before going full steam ahead, particularly if you have darker skin, says Chimento. And never treat freshly tanned (even self tanner!) or sunburned skin, she says. It’s also important to exercise extreme caution with any potential skin irritants, such as retinoids, salicylic acid, or glycolic acid, before and after treatments.

Think you’re ready to take on the task? Dermatologists say these machines offer impressive before and afters, effectively leaving your skin silky, smooth, and, of course, hair-free.