Generally, people are fearful of trying something new, even when the new thing they’re thinking of trying is actually safe. Below are several concerns that people may have before trying IPL for the first time, and with each concern is a response to help ease the worried mind.
Does IPL Increase the Risk of Cancer?
Questions surrounding the safety of at-home Intense Pulsed Light treatments and cancer risk are commonly brought up in conversation. It’s important to understand that cancer risk is linked to UVA and UVB exposure (ultraviolet light), neither of which is created in significant levels by at-home IPL machines. Cancer is also thought to be linked to one’s genetic makeup and various other environmental factors, but no studies indicate that the use of IPL machines will increase the risk of cancer.
Is it Safe to Use at Home?
Intense Pulsed Light machines are designed to be safely used at home. As with any other machine, all instructions should be thoroughly read, and directions should be carefully followed. Studies show that the use of IPL is safe and effective for not only the face, but for other areas of the body as well.
Keep in mind that dark brown and black skin types are not recommended to undergo IPL treatments. If you are unsure if your skin type is suitable, consult a professional before purchasing the machine.
Are IPL Treatments Painful?
Simply, no. Intense Pulsed Light treatments are not meant to cause pain. A feeling of warmth and tingling is normal though. There are several ways in which people can gear themselves up for the tingling sensation. One way is to start out on a low setting, and slowly work toward the desired higher setting. Some areas of the body naturally have more sensitive skin than other areas. The warming and tingling sensation in these areas can be a bit stronger, but IPL treatments should never be a painful.
Can IPL Cause Skin Damage?
Intense Pulsed Light treatments should be undergone strategically and according to the product manufacturer’s guidelines. Too much IPL treatment will not provide desired results and it will leave the skin less healthy than it would be with proper amount of treatment. Be sure to carefully read and plan out treatments according to directions set out on the IPL machine’s user manual.
Does the IPL Machine Emit Light that will Hurt Eyes?
As with any light source, eye specialists will recommend not to look directly into the light. At-home IPL machines come with protective eyewear that can be worn in order to offset any possible light reflection toward the eyes. Although the glasses are only optional, it is recommended for optimal eye safety that the glasses be worn at all times while operating the IPL machine.
Trying something new can cause worry for some people, and it’s important to be diligent by asking questions and doing research. Hopefully the concerns and responses above have helped to ease any worry.