All skin is different. Your own skin will react differently to someone else’s and particularly in different environments and within its reaction to heat and light. After all, that’s why some of us may need a higher factor of sun location whilst on vacation.
Family history, ethnicity and geographical factors will all have influences on your skin type, but it’s crucial to know just what skin type you have, in order to effectively protect it over the years.
In regards to the likes of IPL treatments for hair removal, there are certain skin types which are more suited for these reasons.
Firstly, you need to determine what your skin type is.
One way of doing so is through the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale, which is a classification of skin types based on how they response to UV light.
It categorises skin types as a number between 1 and 6, with a corresponding coloration of skin, and how it may characteristically react to sun exposure.
Type 1: White or very fair. Freckles. Always burns, never tans.
Type 2: White or fair. Usually burns, tans with difficulty.
Type 3: Beige. Sometimes receives mild burning but gradually tans.
Type 4: Beige with a brown tint. Skin often described as ‘Mediterranean Caucasian’. Rarely burns and tans with ease.
Type 5: Dark brown. Very rarely brown and tans easily.
Type 6: Black. Never burns and tans very easily.
So which are suitable for IPL?
VISS IPL works most effectively on naturally dark-blond, brown and black hair, but not for those with naturally red, grey or light blond hair. In addition, it is not suitable for very dark skin tones.
With this in mind, to get the best results in a safe way, IPL treatments are ideal for you if you are a Type 3, 4 or 5 on the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale.
Of course, the scale is only to be used as a guideline. It may be the case that you can use IPL but at a lesser intensity. For any questions or to discuss your suitability, please feel free to get in touch so you too can enjoy home hair removal.