IPL (Intense pulsed light) is a form of light therapy, which is used for various dermatological procedures. The most common treatments of IPL are hair removal, various skin treatments, and to help acne. Unlike various other laser treatments, IPL works like a flash-lamp which sends out scattered wavelengths of light.
It is generally accepted that IPL is a workhorse to treat blood vessels, as it was originally developed for the treatment of vascular diseases. However, shortly after, dermatologists figured out it works very well for hair removal. The first specific IPL device developed specifically for hair removal was reported in 1997 where they found "The results of a single treatment show hair clearances occurring immediately and over a 12-week study period. Approximately 60% hair removal was noted at 12 weeks." [Source]
As the IPL has a broad-spectrum, the coverage of an IPL hair removal device is greater than various other hair removal methods, which makes the treatments considerably quicker. They are also cheaper, but it does require more sessions to achieve the same results if you are a red or grey-haired individual.
IPL devices are very convenient for different skin types and hair colours as the strengths are adjustable to suit the user. The variation of IPL is known as VPL, Variable Pulsed Light. VPL enables the user to modify the settings of the light pulses to suit best for their skin type and hair colour. This is a very good feature of IPL Devices because various skin types and hair colours work differently with IPL.
IPL hair removal technology is suitable for female and male faces. However, it should not be used on the scalp or eyebrows. They are proven to be safe to use, and you can use it below the cheek line (upper lip or the chin), but it should not be used in proximity to the eyes as the light emitting from it may damage your eyesight. For this reason, we recommend looking away while using IPL on your body or face.
Over time, IPL was developed to use at home in the form of small, convenient and easy to use devices. They use the same technology that the dermatologists use in clinics and salons except these devices have been designed specifically for users without any qualifications. With the same science as professional machines, the user can achieve great results at more affordable prices and without having to leave the comfort of your own home. Most of these kits are small enough to be packed in your vanity, which means you can carry them around in your bag or purse and treat your skin on the go!