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Most people love hairless smooth skin. This look is easier than ever to achieve by using IPL technology. IPL machines aim to radically reduce or eliminate hair. This blog is a guide to learning everything there is to know about IPL, what is IPL hair removal, how it works, the benefits and side effects associated with IPL, as well as who is a good candidate for it.

What’s IPL?

IPL stands for intense pulsed light technology. IPL hair removal machines emit light pulses that are directly applied to the skin and penetrate the hair root. The pulses of light target the melanin at the hair root and debilitate the hair follicle causing damage so the hair falls out. The procedure causes your body to grow less hair and eventually stop growing hair.

A study showed that using IPL for five sessions caused significant hair reduction of about 80% with no side effects and minimal complications. IPL has shown to be a pretty effective and safe method for hair removal. This can help you improve your confidence, which has a positive effect on your life.

Differences Between IPL Hair Removal & Laser Hair Removal

You have probably heard of laser hair removal and may be wondering if IPL is the same thing. The answer is no – these are two different kinds of technology. The intention of both technologies is hair elimination but the difference is the type of light used.

Laser devices for hair removal use ultra-targeted concentrated laser light energy which is monochromatic, non-divergent, and covers a fairly limited area. Conversely, IPL devices emit broad-spectrum light energy delivered in rapid bursts. Their wavelengths produced don’t go into the skin as deeply and cover a wider area than laser machines.

Due to these differences, larger regions can be treated in a shorter period of time using IPL. Additionally, the treatment time between sessions is shorter. Consequently, IPL ends up being less expensive and achieving results sooner.

Side Effects of IPL Hair Removal

You may be wondering if IPL is safe. IPL technology has proven to be pretty harmless. Keep in mind though that the procedure is not totally pain-free. You should know that’s to be expected if you have done hair removal treatments before, such as waxing, or epilating. Yet, the pain is tolerable. You can apply a numbing cream to the area prior to the treatment if your pain threshold is low,

Some side effects of IPL include tenderness and redness of the skin after treatment. Some people can experience very slight swelling. A rare side effect is slight pigment changes, darker or lighter patches, but they fade within weeks. If you experience any of the above, you can apply a natural cooling antiseptic gel to help heal the skin.

Some people are concerned about cancer risks. You shouldn’t be. The non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation used is at the low end of the spectrum and doesn’t damage DNA, which is associated with cancer. IPL doesn’t use ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths either. 

Who’s A Candidate for IPL Hair Removal

This technology interacts with your skin color since IPL emits light pulses that target melanin. A parameter used to see who’s suitable for IPL is the Fitzpatrick scale. It rates skin color based on responses to ultraviolet light on a scale from 1 to 6. Those with skin tones that fall in the 1 – 4 range are good candidates for IPL. 

Besides considering your skin, you need to take into account the color of your hair. IPL is not suitable for anyone with light blond, white, grey, or red hair.


Things to keep in mind before using an IPL machine:

  • Dark Skin: People with dark skin should not use IPL. Due to having skin rich in melanin pigments, they can experience burns, blistering, and scarring in severe cases.
  • Only Certain Facial Hair Can Be Treated: You can use IPL from the cheeks down. It’s not safe to be used near the eyes or for eyebrows – You could suffer eye damage.
  • Skin Conditions: Avoid using IPL on skin that is not healthy, such as with psoriasis, photosensitivity, or chronic skin disorders.
  • Tanned Skin: Don’t use IPL on tanned or burnt skin – You need to wait until your real skin tone surfaces again.
  • Tattooed Skin: Avoid using IPL on tattooed skin.
  • Moles: Avoid using IPL on hairs from moles.
  • Pregnancy: IPL is not advised during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
  • No Hair Pulling Between IPL Treatments: Don’t use hair removal methods that pull out the hair at the root, such as waxing, tweezing, epilating, or threading. You need the hair root and follicle there so it can be treated and debilitated.
  • Safety Glasses: It’s a good idea to buy safety glasses that block UV, blue, red, and laser lights if your machine doesn’t come with them.

* Read all manufacturer’s safety precautions prior to using an IPL home machine and seek medical advice if you have specific concerns *

Benefits of IPL Hair Removal

Now that you know all precautions that you should take and the minor side effects associated with IPL hair removal, let’s look at its advantages. There are numerous benefits associated with IPL technology for hair removal:

  • Permanent Hair Removal: The main advantage of this procedure is hairless skin. After a few treatments, your hair will have a finer consistency. Over time, you should see an 80% reduction in hair re-growth. Some people achieve the permanent elimination of hair within 7 sessions.
  • No Ingrown Hairs: You won’t experience ingrown hairs since hair follicles get debilitated and hairs fall off. Ingrown hair happens when hair grows out and gets back into your pores, usually when you wax and shave.
  • No Need to Grow Your Hair Between Treatments: You can shave between treatments and show off your bare skin. You don’t have to let your hair grow like when waxing, epilating, or threading,
  • Quick Procedure: IPL devices cover large areas quickly, not like when using electrolysis or laser. Your whole leg can take about 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Fast Results: IPL has been shown to require less time between treatments and less time to achieve permanent results than laser or other hair removal treatments.
  • Simple to Use: It’s very easy to use. You just move the hand-held machine from area to area while the machine emits light.
  • Economical: Using an IPL home machine is much cheaper than laser treatments. The IPL machine may be more expensive up front than using depilatory creams and razors but not over time – you’ll have to keep using those items indefinitely as they don’t remove hair permanently. Comparing it to wax treatments done regularly, the IPL home machine ends up being more economical too. Overall, using an IPL home machine is cost-effective.

How To Use JOVS IPL Home Machine

How to Use JOVS IPL Hair Removal
I’m showing how to use JOVS IPL Hair Removal

Now you have all the information about IPL technology to make an informed decision. IPL has virtually no side effects and is an extremely effective method for hair removal. Get a high-quality IPL home machine and show off your beautiful smooth hairless skin!

To a Fitter Healthier You,

Adriana Albritton

The Fitness Wellness Mentor

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