December 28, 2022 4 min read

IPL Hair Removal Guide

Have you ever been in a situation where you want something so badly but have no idea how to go about it?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a cosmetic treatment for skin challenges like excessive hair growth. It works like the laser hair removal method since it uses light waves to remove unwanted hair. However, unlike laser therapy which uses a single light wave, IPL uses pulse lighting devices that transmit multiple wavelengths.

If you are considering IPL hair removal treatment but don’t know how IPL works, in this guide, we explain what you should expect using an IPL laser hair removal machine, from how to prepare for it to its results.

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The first step to knowing how IPL hair removal works is to get the device. A professional laser hair removal machine will cost between $12,000 to $35,000. However, if you need a more convenient device at home, IPL handsets are more affordable. Laser hair removal machines at home will sell at $100 to $250, depending on the type you get.

How Does Home Use Laser Hair Removal Work?

IPL home removal works in the presence of melanin found in the hair. Without this feature, you won’t get any results. The IPL device flashes light, which the melanin pigment in the hair absorbs as heat energy, which travels down to the hair roots, weakening the cells and making them fall off, so no hair remains on the treated surface.

A simple breakdown of how IPL hair removal work is:

  • Shoot light Melanin 
  • Pigment absorbs it as heat
  • Sends heat to the hair roots
  • Weakens the roots, and hair falls leaves the area smooth.

The question is, how do you use this device at home?

Most people often search for home IPL reviews to know how others used them. We've made the task easy for you. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Shave the area a day before the treatment so that the light can easily target the root of the hair
  2. Make sure the IPL device works well for your skin tone
  3. Each IPL handset can be easily set to suit your skin tone. So, set the pulse light for your skin
  4. Turn your device on and wait for the light to come on
  5. Place the device with the pulse light over the treatment area and move over to the next spot immediately after flashing one spot

Do this procedure once every four to six weeks, and you will notice hair fall off with time. Once the hair completely falls off, you can skip the shaving part and use the IPL handset over your skin. The American Society for Dermatological Surgery also advises against taking herbal supplements, aspirin, or anti-inflammatory drugs, before the procedure since they can contribute to the risk of bleeding.

Are There Safety Risks to Using IPL Handsets at Home?

Laser hair removal treatments are generally safe for most people but not suitable for pregnant women and for use around the eyes. People suffering from skin resurfacing disorder, severe sunburn, scarring, keloid scarring, or active intense acne problems should also avoid IPL treatment.

When used wrongly, laser hair removal devices may cause folliculitis or inflammation of the hair follicles, which may also cause redness and pain in treatment areas. Most home IPL reviews reveal that some people notice hyperpigmentation in the treated area. Wrong use can also cause an increase in melanin formation, which may result in dark patches forming around the skin.

Experts recommend using a numbing lotion can lessen discomfort. But, another good tip to keep in mind is to keep the treated area moist with an ice pack or cold cloth.

How Effective is Home Use Laser Hair Removal Treatment? 

The effectiveness of IPL therapy depends on your skin tone, hair type, and treatment area.

Brazilian skin tones (often light brown) and white color skin often benefit more from IPL treatment than people with dark skin. On the other hand, the procedure works better on dark color and thick hair than on thin, wispy, and light hair.

How Does Home Use Laser Hair Removal Feel After Treatment?

Immediately after a session, the treated area may look red or pinkish, like a mild sunburn (it really isn't). But this only lasts as long as 4 hours, sometimes 6. People with sensitive skin may also feel a light stinging sensation that almost goes barely unnoticed. If you do feel this sensation, a moist cloth or cool pack will ease your discomfort.

Laser Hair Removal Results Often Surface After 2 Sessions Immediately after the procedure, people often expect treatment to start showing significant results. But, IPL hair removal machines don’t work that way. Generally, most people see laser hair removal results after 2 sessions. For most people with more coarse and stubborn hairs, results may surface after the third session.

Wrapping Up

IPL hair removal is unlike most cosmetic hair removal treatments. It has a long-term value and does come with its fair share of complications, from hyperpigmentation to folliculitis. But, it is a pretty effective solution for people looking to remove excess hair from their bodies. But, you want to ensure that your skin tone and hair are compatible with the device before you invest in one.

Evelyn Setubal
Evelyn Setubal

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