5 Most Asked Questions About Intense Pulsed Light Treatments

Often­times, peo­ple have ques­tions and con­cerns about doing their Intense Pulsed Light treat­ments in the com­fort of their own homes. Below are the answers to five of the most asked ques­tions about Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments.

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Does IPL Hurt?

Intense Pulsed Light treat­ments are not meant to be a painful expe­ri­ence. Some peo­ple feel a prick­ling sen­sa­tion, and other peo­ple sense warmth. The cor­rect set­tings, as per the user man­ual, should be fol­lowed because there are dif­fer­ent set­tings for dif­fer­ent skin tones. Some peo­ple find it help­ful to gear their bod­ies up for the warm­ing or tin­gling sen­sa­tion by test­ing the flashes on dif­fer­ent parts of their bod­ies. For exam­ple, some­one might do a few test flashes on their leg at the low­est set­ting before they jump ahead to the higher rec­om­mended set­ting. Com­fort is impor­tant, and pain should not be a part of the process.

Does it Cause Cancer?

Intense Pulsed Light treat­ments have been stud­ied widely for many years, and no stud­ies indi­cate that IPL is a rea­son for can­cer con­cern. In addi­tion, the light in IPL dif­fers from sun­light in that IPL doesn’t con­tain sig­nif­i­cant amounts of UVA or UVB; ultra­vi­o­let light is what is asso­ci­ated with an increased can­cer risk. There­fore, there is no known cause for can­cer con­cern with IPL.

Does it Really Save Money?

When cal­cu­lat­ing the costs asso­ci­ated with shav­ing, wax­ing, and salon appoint­ments, it can be noticed that one can save money with Intense Pulsed Light treat­ments from home. Unlike going to a salon, IPL is an at-home pro­ce­dure that gives long-term and per­ma­nent results. Given the longevity of the results, shav­ing and wax­ing can become obso­lete, and spend­ing money on razors and creams no longer needs to be a reality.

What does IPL Help With?

Intense Pulsed Light can be used to treat sev­eral ail­ments. IPL works well for peo­ple with a vari­ety of skin tones, and it pro­vides excel­lent results for the fol­low­ing con­di­tions: Rosacea, sun dam­age, age spots, mild wrin­kling, and vas­cu­lar lesions or pig­men­ta­tion. It’s impor­tant that a per­son have the cor­rect skin tone for the treat­ments though. Intense Pulsed Light should not be used on dark brown or black skin tones.

Is it Safe to Do at Home?

Intense Pulsed Light at-home sys­tems are smaller than the ones found in many salons. In addi­tion, they are specif­i­cally designed for use in the home envi­ron­ment. Peo­ple doing their IPL treat­ments at home should always fol­low user man­u­als, and they should adhere to the proper treat­ment sched­ules. For exam­ple, some peo­ple think it would be a good idea to treat their skin more often than the sched­ule spec­i­fies. This is not a good idea because the skin needs time to heal from each ses­sion. Fol­low­ing the rules, in this case, is very important.

Intense Pulsed Light treat­ments from home are not sup­posed to be a painful process, and they’re def­i­nitely not shown to increase the risk of can­cer. IPL is a cost-effective way to remove hair and treat many skin con­di­tions from the com­fort of home, and it can actu­ally save money!