First, you need to understand how keratosis pilaris forms in the first place. When your body produces too much keratin, which forms the top layer of skin, the buildup of the excess keratin plugs up the hair follicles. When the hair starts to grow underneath the plugged follicle, it creates that bump that we are all too familiar with. It can’t break through the surface of the skin, so the bump forms.
If you have ever squeezed one of the plugs and popped it, you probably found a hair underneath there. Often, the hair is coiled up, and when you tug it out, it is quite long. That’s because it has been trying to grow underneath the plug. That’s actually what has been causing all that redness and inflammation in the first place.
Naturally, if you were to get laser hair removal and kill off the hair at the follicle, then you can eliminate the keratosis pilaris bumps in that one spot. This is why some people find that their keratosis pilaris gets better after they have had laser hair removal.
There are some caveats to this that I will now explain. First, laser hair removal works best on dark, coarse hair. Most lasers do not work at all on light hair. There are some newer lasers that are now targeting blonde and gray hair, but I have heard they are more painful. I’m not familiar with how effective they are, so you may want to look into that if you have light hair in areas with keratosis pilaris.
Second, if the hair is actually trapped underneath the skin and you currently have a keratosis pilaris bump in the area where the hair should be, then the laser is not going to work on that one spot. The laser can only kill off a hair that has actually broken through the skin.
Another thing to be aware of is that laser hair removal can take up to 6 sessions or even more to kill off all the hair. Hair grows in cycles so you need to have several treatments to catch it in all it’s different growth cycles. This can be expensive and it is not always permanent as new hairs can grow back that were in dormant cycles when you were treated.
So, if you have really bad keratosis pilaris on your legs, and the hair on your legs is dark and coarse, it might be worth a shot to try laser hair removal. You would want to exfoliate and make sure to release the hairs from the plugs as best as you can before being treated. Over several laser sessions, you would start to see improvement in your keratosis pilaris as you are removing the hairs and the potential for bumps in those spots.
So, if you are a person that has keratosis pilaris on an area of the body where you have dark, coarse hair, you are an ideal candidate for laser hair removal to treat your KP. Here is a testimonial from a forum that shows the results one person had:
“I can tell you first-hand that eliminating the hair follicle, eliminates the KP. I have had laser hair removal done and it does in fact get rid of the KP in the areas were it eliminates the hair. Then again, my hair in those areas was ideal for the laser, coarse and dark.”
I hope that explained everything well and if you have had laser hair removal to treat your keratosis pilaris, please leave a comment to let us know how it went!
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