Can you wash your face after Electrolysis?

Can you wash your face after Electrolysis?

Electrolysis hair removal has touched many lives in the past ten years and it has become more and more popular due to its permanent effects. Many laser hair removal clinics started to offer electrolysis hair removal as an additional service because electrolysis is currently the best and the only permanent hair removal method.

Electrolysis hair removal, like every other technology, is being developed every year. Hair removal SPAs and clinics started to adjust their services as well. Some of them started to offer more advanced pain management options so patients can get 4 hour or longer electrolysis sessions performed by one, two or three electrologists simultaneously. A very important change for people who have lots of unwanted hair. Now they can get large volume electrolysis treatments that will help them get rid of much more hair than before.

Usually when a patient books an electrolysis hair removal appointment, they have to have a consultation first where the electrolysis will examine the medical conditions, whether the patient had any electrolysis treatments in the past and other important details they have to know before starting any electrolysis treatment. By the end of the consultation, your electrologist will have prepared a few pre-electrolysis care instructions, what to expect during the electrolysis treatment and post-electrolysis care instruction. In this blog post we won’t cover all that, we will just answer one simple question: Can you wash your face after Electrolysis, and if not, for how long.

Let’s start with the fact that after each treatment your skin needs some time to heal. Reactions such as redness, swelling, or tiny scab formation should be viewed as the actions of healthy skin repairing itself as fast as possible. The degree to which these reactions occur differs greatly between individual clients. All people are different in the way they heal. Following post-care instructions will help to minimize these after-effects. Bruising around the eyebrow area can occur more easily as there are delicate blood vessels situated near the surface of the skin. Although the treated area will likely appear to return to normal within a short period, full healing of the skin can take 18+ months.

So, can you wash your face after electrolysis?

The short is YES, but it is advisable to wait for a minimum of 24 to 48 hours before cleansing your face following an electrolysis session. This will allow the treated area to recover and reduce the risk of irritation or infection. Consult your electrologist or dermatologist for personalized guidance.

When you are ready to wash your face, apply cold water or ice compress if necessary. Hot water can further irritate your skin. Once you’ve cleansed your face, softly dab your skin using a fresh towel to dry it. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing, as this can aggravate the treated area and potentially cause scabbing or scarring.

Apply Neosporin Cream over the areas subjected to infections, one time during 24 hours after treatment. Starting on day one apply Aquaphor or Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Cream 2 to 5 times the first day after the treatment. Avoid makeup products in the initial days after electrolysis and give your skin time to heal and breathe naturally.


Washing your face after electrolysis is recommended for hygiene, but you have to wait for a healing period and avoid harsh ingredients or abrasive actions. In general, this post is more of an informative post. When you start getting electrolysis your service provider will explain all this and much more on how and what to do after every electrolysis treatment.