Laser Hair Removal and Dermatographism Hives

by Lisa
(Newfoundland, Canada)

I am 32 years old and I have had this dermatographism hives skin condition for my entire life. No one really knows for sure what the cause of the problem was since there is no family history of the problem and no other obvious reasons why I have it. However the development of dermatographism is quite possibly due to some serious trauma and complications that occurred during my birth. This might explain why I have had it since I was a baby.

I have never tried an actual treatment for this hives skin condition as it is just something I have been used to my entire life, but there are certainly times that it adds a lot of stress to my day to day life. If anything comes in contact with my skin beyond a light touch then the result will be itchy, red, and swollen marks on my skin. It can be quite an embarrassing problem, especially if I happen to brush or scratch my face when I am out in public. I see people staring at me sometimes as if they are wondering what must have happen to me to cause such a bad "scar" on my face. In addition, wearing a seatbelt is a major cause of irritation to my skin. I always have red marks on my neck because of it. I also find that for the most part, I have to leave my hair up at all times. Leaving it down will irritate my skin and when I brush the hair away the result is a red swollen mess that I am sick of explaining to people why the red skin welts are there and what caused them to appear.

I also tend to get ingrown hairs quite often and shaving can be a very uncomfortable process for me. I am wondering if any other dermatographism sufferers out there have tried laser hair removal and if there were many, if any, complications. I know several people on this website have asked about getting a tattoo when you have this skin condition. Well, I got a tattoo years ago (when I was 16 years old) and this dermatographism condition made it a difficult time for me. The itching and burning of my skin was almost unbearable for about a week after getting the tattoo. Also, the tattoo was not as good as it could be because the coloring was slightly uneven due to the swelling of my skin or the formation of welts while the artist was working away. With this previous negative experience in mind, I would hate to go through laser treatment for hair removal and have even worse results than with my tattoo!

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Feb 10, 2016
No Complications with Laser Hair Removal
by: Anonymous

I've had dermatographic urticaria for about two years. I started laser hair removal one year ago. I have not had any complications. When they shaved the hair, my skin became red but it subsided after 10 minutes, after which they gave me the laser shots.

So no, I have had absolutely no complications.

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