IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is an advanced method of hair removal that provides users with smooth, beautiful skin. The treatment is quick, painless and achieves results equivalent to or better than many of the leading laser systems.
The treatment is however not suitable for all skin conditions — so your first step should always be to find out if the treatment is safe for you to use.
What skin types are suitable for IPL?
IPL is successful removing body hair due to the presence of a hair pigment known as melanin. This absorbs the light energy emitted by the device and directs it to the hair follicle, to remove hair and prevent future growth.
Naturally dark pigmented skin however will contain more melanin than lighter skin tones so more energy is absorbed. This means individuals with darker skin tones are more susceptible to burns and hypopigmentation following treatment.
IPL treatment is considered safe for skin tones classified as:
- Light and mid brown
The treatment is not effective on the following hair:
- Light blonde
The VISS IPL hair removal system has eight adjustable light intensity settings to ensure the treatment can be changed for the different skin tones and body hair colours. The treatment is however not recommended for grey, red or light blonde hair, or people with darker skin.
To find out if your skin tone is suitable for the treatment visit our VISS IPL hair removal page and use our handy ‘Is It For Me?’ calculator.