Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
Why can’t I be tanned when having laser hair removal?
The laser is attracted to the melanin in hair. Melanin is also in your skin. The darker your skin, the higher the melanin content, and the more likely it would be for the laser to affect the skin. If you’re tanned we would have to reduce the settings on the laser accordingly for tanned skin, which may lessen the effect of the laser on the hair.