Contraindications are simply a variety of conditions that may limit or restrict you from having certain spa services. We ask that you communicate transparently with our technicians to ensure that they can provide you the best service possible. We have compiled an extensive, although not comprehensive, list below, of conditions that may affect your next spa service. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please call us at 913.754.2023 and we’d be happy to address them.
- The use of isotretinoin (accutane) in the past 6 to 12 months
- The use of prescription Keratolytics within past 7 days:
- Retin-NRenova, Azelex (Azelaic Acid), Tazorac (Tazarotene), Differin (Adapalene)
- The current use of Hydrocortisone
- Any known allergies or sensitivities to products or ingredients
- Allergy to aspirin (salicylic peels)
- Is currently being treated for a facial skin disease by a dermatologist
- Currently being treated for severe systemic or autoimmune disease. Must consult with their physician prior to treatment.
- Infectious diseases
- History of radiation to the region
- Laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or dermabrasion
- Herpes simplex or active infection (must use a prophylactic prior to treatment)
- History of hypertrophic scar formation
- Pregnancy, breast feeding
- Obsessive pickers
- Non-compliant clients or unstable patients
- Diabetics for some peels
- Visible redness, irritation or inflammation
- History of extremely reactive skin
- Moderate to severe Rosacea or current flare-up
- Sunburned, wind-burned, or severely dehydrated with irritation
- Broken skin or scrapes
- Open sores, suspicious blemishes, bleeding, or basal cell carcinoma
- Recent cosmetic injections within 5 days
- Any recent cosmetic surgery, must consult with physician prior to treatment
- Any unsure situation, you should not proceed with treatment
- Cold Sores
- Rash, wound or other skin irritation
- Topical Retinoids
- Active inflammatory conditions
- History of actinic (solar) keratosis
- History of active Herpes Simplex infections
- History of diabetes
- Scleroderma, collagen vascular disease
- Blood Clotting problems
- Active bacterial or fungal infection
- NOT recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing
- NOT recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing
- Skin infections
- Blood thinners
- Contact dermatitis
- Raised lesions-warts, moles, skin tags
- Aggressive rosacea
Sunlighten Infrared Sauna Sessions Contraindications
Infrared sauna use as creating a cure for or treating any disease is neither implied nor should be inferred. Drinking an electrolyte-replacing water or a sports drink is strongly recommended before and after use.
If any of the below apply to you, consult your physician prior to sauna use:
- Cardiovascular Issues, Obesity or Diabetes – Individuals suffering from obesity or with a medical history of heart disease, low or high blood pressure, circulatory problems, or diabetes should consult a physician prior to use. Heat stress increases cardiac output and blood flow in an effort to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and respiratory system. This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential to increase by thirty (30) beats per minute for each degree increase in core body temperature.
- Medications – Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician since some medications may induce drowsiness, while others may affect heart rate, blood pressure and circulation. Diuretics, barbiturates, and beta-blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Anticholinergics, such as amitriptyline, may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent, heat stroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke.
- Alcohol & Drug Abuse – Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to attempt to “sweat out” a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person’s judgment; therefore, he/she may not realize when the body has a negative reaction to high heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress. The use of alcohol, drugs, or medications prior to a sauna session may lead to unconsciousness.
- Elderly – The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age. This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature. If elderly, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
- Children – The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands, and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. When using with a child, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
- Chronic Conditions / Diseases Associated with Reduced Ability to Sweat or Perspire – Multiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumors, and Diabetes with Neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating. Consult a physician.
- Hemophiliacs / Individuals Prone to Bleeding – The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
- Fever & Insensitivity to Heat – Individuals with insensitivity to heat or who have a fever should not use the sauna until the fever subsides.
- Pregnancy – Pregnant women should consult a physician before using an infrared sauna.
- Menstruation – Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase menstrual flow. This should not preclude sauna use.
- Joint Injury – Recent (acute) joint injury should not be heated for the first 48 hours or until the swollen symptoms subside. Joints that are chronically hot and swollen may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind.
- Implants – Metal pins, rods, artificial joints, or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, you should consult your physician prior to using.
- Pacemakers / Defibrillators – The magnets used to assemble our saunas can interrupt the pacing and inhibit the output of pacemakers. Please discuss with your doctor the possible risks this may cause.
In the rare event that you experience pain or discomfort, immediately discontinue sauna use.