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Ingrowing hairs? Here’s how to be rid of them

If you develop ingrown hairs, life can be pretty miserable.

The skin around these hairs can swell to the size of a hazelnut and there’s often redness and tenderness, which can be really painful, never mind unsightly. However, help is at hand as laser treatment is recommended by dermatologists as the best way to prevent ingrown hairs.

Ingrown and normal hair

Why do we get ingrown hairs?
It happens when a new hair curls in on itself as it grows and the hair becomes trapped in the follicle. Cutting or shaving the hair too closely makes it easier for the sharpened end of the hair to pierce the skin and grow inwards.

Inflammation causes redness and localised swelling and, if infection sets in, then a pus-filled cyst can develop. Infection is usually due to staphylococcal bacteria entering the follicle and both shaving and waxing can be the causes.

Where do they most frequently occur?
Ingrown hairs are most common in areas where hair is coarse or curly or with frequent shaving; in men, on their chin and neck (causing razor or shaving bumps) and on their backs and in women, in the pubic area, along the bikini line or the underarms.

If you’re prone to this, then Laser Treatment is the hair removal method of choice as the laser energy targets the hair follicle to prevent new hair growth.

Talk to us for free friendly advice!

Oh my it’s sunny! But how does it affect laser treatment?

Summer is well and truly here right now. It’s also a popular time to travel abroad and enjoy a hot sunny holiday.

But did you know that UVA and UVB rays in sunlight and the rays emitted by the laser are all light energy within the electromagnetic spectrum.

So what is the affect of sun exposure if you are planning laser tattoo treatment or are mid-way through a treatment course? Read on…

Laser Tattoo Removal

It’s really important to keep any sun exposure to your tattoo to the ABSOLUTE minimum. If at all possible cover the tattoo with a dressing – easier if the tattoo is only small. If it’s larger you may have to choose to wear clothing that covers the tattoo during the day. If your tattoo is too large to cover and you plan to be on the beach or by the poolside, then regular application of a waterproof sunblock of SPF 50 is recommended.

When the UV rays hit the skin, the production of melanin pigment is stimulated and this is what turns the skin brown. When the PicoSure laser is used to remove a tattoo, the ink should be the target and not the melanin pigment in your skin. If you are tanned, your laser treatment will be less effective at removing the tattoo. In addition, there is an increased risk of burning and blistering after treatment and also long term changes in the level of pigmentation in the treated skin.

Our team takes safety very seriously. If you have exposed your tattoo to the sun, we will not be able to perform a laser tattoo removal treatment for four weeks. We would also recommend that you wait for four weeks after a treatment before going in the sun. This means that if you are mid-way through a course of laser tattoo removal you need to give careful consideration to how you are going to COMPLETELY AVOID sun exposure this summer.

Trust us, it will be worth the effort and there will be so many summers in the future for you to enjoy without your unwanted tattoo!

Smooth legs anyone?

Claritas Laser Clinic, St Neots, Cambridgeshire | Laser Hair RemovalYou could have smooth legs and smooth underarms so you can relax and enjoy those days without hair!

Start your laser treatment now and look forward to a permanent reduction in hair growth. Waxing, epilating and hair removal creams are a no-no once you start the process, although shaving is absolutely fine and is indeed recommended the day before a laser session.

You typically have eight sessions initially and are seen once every four to six weeks.

Discover more here

Age spots and pigmented marks? We can help!

Are you self-conscious about age spots and brown marks caused by sun damage? Are they adding years to your appearance? Then laser treatment could be the solution.

Don’t just take our word for it. Take Pat’s word for it…

0615 age spots and pigment

Pat, at 70 years young, had stopped wearing scoop-necked tops due to the unsightly pigmented area on her décolletage (shown here).

After just three treatments with our PicoSure laser, each taking just a few minutes, the lesion had completely disappeared.

‘Lightening creams’ can waste your time and, more importantly, your money. Instead come and have a chat with us to discuss whether laser treatment could be a much more effective treatment for your age spots or other pigmentation problems. We can treat the face and hands as well as the body.

Make the most of our clinical knowledge to assess pigmentation changes from a medical as well as an aesthetic perspective. We will make a diagnosis and make sure you receive the correct management and treatment with a friendly welcome.

Call us today on 01480 21442 or email us on info@claritaslaserclinic.co.uk

When it pays to persevere!

0318 Simon 2 (Medium)For many years, Simon has tried various treatments to reduce the tattoo on his arm with little effect as well as some scarring, much investment and a fair amount of discomfort.

Thankfully, he came to us at Claritas and we treated Simon’s tattoos in sections to maximise clearance using our PicoSure to break up the ink where other lasers had failed. He is now finally delighted with the result.

“I’m so pleased with my fresh new cover-up (by Fabio’s in Cambridge) after the fine treatment at Claritas. I can now look forward to the summer with no worries about ‘covering up’ my old tattoo again,” said a smiling Simon.

We certainly think Simon’s new tattoo looks amazing!

How we banished Hannah’s ‘tattoo’ anxiety

0218 hannah star tattooHannah from Bengeo came to us recently as she wanted to have her stars tattoo removed. From the start, she said how anxious she was about the procedure but we soon put her at ease and this is what she shared with us:

“I was anxious to have tattoo removal as I was unsure of what to expect. The ladies at Claritas, however, were so friendly and professional that I felt confident about the whole process. The results have been absolutely amazing. I would 100% recommend Claritas to anyone!”

Thanks Hannah; we’re delighted you’re happy with the result but more so that you felt relaxed and confident with us. Enjoy the stars, but just the ones in the night sky!

Forget the Easter eggs, choose a ‘healthy’ voucher!

Easter arrives rather early this year! Good Friday is 30th March. So rather than that chocolatey Easter egg, treat someone to a voucher from us. Healthier and longer lasting!

YVoucher 2 updatedou can buy Claritas gift vouchers in any denomination from our Clinic at 23a Huntingdon Street, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 1BG.

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You can buy gift vouchers over the phone by calling 01480 214442 and we will post them to any UK postcode FREE of charge.

OR

Unsure what to buy? Call or email us and we’ll happily advise you so you get it just right.

Ingrown hairs proving prickly?

Are you prone to ingrown hairs? If you’re one of the unlucky few who develop ingrown hairs, life can be really pretty prickly and painful.

The skin around these hairs can swell to the size of a hazelnut often with redness and even pus – all of which can be intensely painful, never mind unsightly!

But did you know, laser treatment is recommended by dermatologists as the best way to prevent ingrown hairs.

Ingrown and normal hair

Ingrown and normal hair

So what causes ingrown hairs? They happen when a new hair curls in on itself as it grows and becomes trapped in the follicle. Cutting or shaving the hair too closely makes it easier for the sharpened end of the hair to pierce the skin and grow inwards.

Inflammation causes redness and localised swelling and, if infection sets in, then a pus-filled cyst can develop. Infection is usually due to staphylococcal bacteria entering the follicle and both shaving and waxing facilitate this.

Where do they most frequently occur? They are most common in areas where hair is coarse or curly or where frequent shaving occurs; in men, on their chin and neck (causing razor or shaving bumps) and on their backs and in women, in the pubic area, along the bikini line or the underarms.

If you’re prone to this, then Laser Treatment is the hair removal method of choice as the laser energy targets the hair follicle to prevent new hair growth.

And remember, your first consultation is FREE!

How to lose those age spots

Do you feel self-conscious about age spots and brown marks, such as solar lentigos caused by sun damage. Are they are adding years to your appearance? Then laser treatment could be the solution.

Don’t just take our word for it. Take Pat’s word for it…

0615 age spots and pigment

Pat, at 70 years young, had stopped wearing scoop-necked tops due to the unsightly pigmented area on her décolletage (shown here).

After just three treatments with the PicoSure laser, each taking just a few minutes, the lesion had completely disappeared.

Don’t waste time and money on ‘lightening creams’. Come and have a chat with us to discuss whether laser treatment might be a much more effective treatment for your age spots or other pigmentation problems. We can treat the face and hands as well as the body.

Make the most of our clinical knowledge to assess pigmentation changes from a medical as well as an aesthetic perspective. We will make a diagnosis and make sure you receive the correct management and treatment.

Call us today on 01480 214442 or email us on info@claritaslaserclinic.co.uk

Where does Tattooing come from? A little bit of history for you

170px-MaoriChief1784Did you know? The word tattoo, or tattow in the 18th century, is a word that comes from the Polynesian word tatau, meaning ‘to write’.

Before the use of the Polynesian word, the practice of tattooing had been described in the West as painting, scarring, or staining.

Tattooing has been practiced across the globe since at least Neolithic times, as seen in mummified preserved skin, ancient art and records.

It was thought that many of the Anglo-Saxon kings of England were tattooed but much of this was conjecture. Reliable reports of tattooing date from the period of increased contact with non-European cultures.

(Our thanks to Wikipedia for the brief history lesson).

Contact Us

Telephone:
01480 214 442 / 07494 216 582

Email: info@claritaslaserclinic.co.uk

Address:
Claritas Laser Clinic
23A Huntingdon St
St Neots
Cambridgeshire
PE19 1BG

The entrance is on Tebbutts Road; you’ll find our black front-door nestled between the dental surgery, ‘{my} dentist’, and hairdressers, ‘Gossip’.

Right beside our clinic, on Tebbutts Road, there are 2 large ‘pay and display’ car parks (PE19 1AW)

   

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