What Kind of Skin Reaction Will I Have With Electrolysis?

Some redness and slight swelling, resembling a mosquito bite (or a histamine reaction,) after an electrolysis treatment is considered to be normal skin reaction and should resolve within a few hours.  Some residual redness may last in some individuals up to 48 hours, usually sensitive skin types.  Depending on the skin type, moisture gradient and the area treated, occasional crusting may occur, but should flake off within a few days.


“The Healing Skin – Part 4”
Michael Bono
“Electrology Now”
Santa Barbara, CA
January 12, 2016


“How the Skin Heals After Electrolysis” Video #4 Real World Examples”

  • Aftercare Instructions


    It is normal following electrology  treatments for  the area to be red and slightly swollen, resembling a mosquito bite (histamine reaction). Both of these conditions last a few hours, but may last longer in some individuals.  Avoid activities which subject the treated areas to irritating conditions while in the healing stages.

    For the best possible results, I recommend  adhering to the following instructions after your electrology treatments:

    • Healing will be promoted more quickly by applying  cold packs to treated areas for the first 24 hours.  Use a wash cloth between your skin and  the ice pack to avoid frostbite.
    • Avoid touching treated areas with your hands. Wash as usual with a mild soap and water; rinse well. Hydrogen peroxide 3%, witch hazel or Bactine, may be applied twice daily for two days. Apply Aquaphor or if you are prone to pustules, and have no allergies; apply a thin film of antibiotic cream, such as Neosporin Cream, or Polysporin.
    • Avoid use of your own makeup or lotions for 48 hours, or until all visible signs of treatment are gone.  It is recommended that you  purchase a  new bottle of oil-free moisturizer or makeup with a 15 SPF sunscreen for use after treatments. If you must wear make up or coverup, apply a thin layer of antibiotic cream or first aid cream first to create a barrier between your skin and the make-up, as areas may not be fully healed for application of make-up or other topical products and could contribute to irritation or infection.
    • Avoid applying skin care products with your fingers or a sponge to minimize bacterial infection and/or irritation to the treated areas.
    • AVOID OVER EXPOSURE TO THE SUN AND USE AN OIL-FREE SUNSCREEN WITH AT LEAST A 15 SPF OR GREATER. Use sunscreen in the area for 3-4 months  after your last electrology treatment.


    • Depending on skin type, moisture gradient, and area treated, occasional crusting and/or scabbing may occur, but should flake off in a few days. DO NOT PICK, SQUEEZE, OR SCRATCH any of these manifestations under any circumstance, as they will promote healing and go away.
    • Please note how long after your treatment the condition appears, the duration, and whether scabs are round or elongated.  Also, if it is incidental or over the entire treatment area.

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Deeper scabbing, especially on the face, and other skin manifestations, such as prolonged redness, pustules, itching, pain or bruising should be reported to your electrologist promptly.

It may also be helpful in pinpointing a cause, to note whether the scabbing is round or elongated, and whether it occurred on only one or both sides of the area treated.  Although slight scabbing(crusting) is normal in less vascular areas, such as the extremities, deeper scabbing which lasts longer than two weeks should be reported at your next visit.


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