IPL or Laser Hair Removal – Which One is Right for You?

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If you are tired of getting rid of unwanted hair with traditional methods, such as shaving, it might be a good idea to think about getting rid of that hair another way. The first option that comes to mind is probably laser hair removal, but you also have the option of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments, which are different. Here’s a comparison of the two.

Both Offer Home Use Kits
One thing both techniques have in common is that home use kits are available. In other words, you can go to a drugstore or department store and find hand-held IPL or laser devices to use on yourself. That may sound much more convenient than going in for treatments at your local spa or clinic, right?

The only problem is that IPL and laser hair removal devices designed to be used at home don’t produce the same results as those used in clinics. They simply aren’t as strong, especially the laser devices. So, although they may remove some hairs, they aren’t going to be as thorough or precise.

How the Two Treatment Types Differ
Lasers are concentrated beams of monochromatic (one color) light. They also create a lot of heat in most cases. IPL hair removal machines are much less concentrated. Instead, they produce “bands” of light on certain frequencies, which are meant to disrupt hair growth. However, those pulses of lights don’t create much heat at all.

Why You Might Choose One or the Other
Technically speaking, laser machines usually work better than IPL machines. They are stronger and can often keep unwanted hair from growing back as quickly as it might after IPL treatment. However, the differences in techniques means that laser machines might not be a good way to treat specific patients.

Basically, the heat created by lasers can be disruptive for those with oil glands that are over-active. So, as an example, if you are prone to acne outbreaks you might want to try IPL instead, since acne and oily skin tend to go hand-in-hand.

Lasers can also be a problem for dark-skinned people sometimes, since they tend to treat darker areas on the skin’s surface, which are generally dark hairs. Anyone with dark skin might find that certain laser devices can’t find the hair against the dark skin. Although, there are some lasers that can treat darker skin types.

Shaving or Waxing May Not be Eliminated
If you have IPL or laser treatments, you will have to shave and wax much less often than you otherwise would. But you still may have to do it periodically. How often will depend on a lot of things, including the treatments you have, how often you have them, and how much hair you are trying to treat.

Nevertheless, if you have the proper clinical treatment for your unwanted hair, the roots should be damaged. That means weeks or months before the hair will regrow, as opposed to the few days it might take after you shave surface hair away. So, no matter which type of clinical hair removal treatment you choose, it will save you time.