Immediately following Electrolysis you may notice some redness and bumps on the skin. This is a normal side effect of treatment and usually lasts 1-3 hours; however, for some it may take longer to subside. It is recommended to refrain from applying makeup, lotion or deodorant to the treated area for a minimum of 24 hours to allow the miniscule scab or crust to form and protect the opening of the follicle. It is crucial to keep hands away from the treated area and not to pick or scratch it. The body will heal on its own but you can help this process along by blotting the area lightly with Witch Hazel 2-3 times over the first 24 hour period after treatment. For larger areas such as legs or the bikini line, you may also have a warm bath with 1tbsp. of unscented Epsom salts. For small areas, apply a warm cloth soaked in a solution of 1 tsp. of Epsom salts to 4 cups of water. This will help to heal the area and draw out any impurities. When needed, use sunscreen a minimum of 24 hours after treatment and do not overexpose the area to sunlight.