Top Safety Concerns With At-Home IPL and Answers to Put You at Ease

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.

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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.