All IPL is not the same. Medical grade IPL gives superior results over low energy IPL and SPL systems. Research supports high energy is required for permanent reduction. Low energy treatments may only result in temporary removal of unwanted hair – see our warnings and checklist section for more information.
IPL has many advantages over other forms of hair removal. Shaving, waxing, depilatory creams and electrolysis can be very time consuming and are not suitable for everyone. As IPL only uses light, many of the skin problems associated with other forms of hair removal such as ingrown hairs and rashes are eliminated.
Unwanted black hairs are most easily treated by intense pulse light (IPL) due to the large concentration of melanin in these hairs, which gives an optimal absorption of energy. Grey and white hair has almost no melanin and cannot be effectively treated.
The upper layer of skin, the epidermis, also contains melanin and the concentration increases when the skin is exposed to UV light in the form of a tan. It is therefore essential that sun tanning be avoided during treatment, and sun screen should be worn. Fake tan should not be applied 2 weeks prior to a treatment.
IPL (intense Pulse Light) is a treatment which delivers the cosmetic benefits of light technology and is suitable for unwanted hair removal from the face and body, helping to give you an even skin tone and younger looking skin.
Am I suitable for treatment checklist:
- Hair must contain some pigment – dark blond or darker hairs
- Finer hair to very thick hair
- Must not have waxed or plucked for 4 weeks (body hair) or 2 weeks for facial hair
- Treats dark skins such as Indian safely
- Face and body hair
- No tanning or fake tan previous 2 weeks
- Ingrown hairs present