Do you want to try IPL laser hair removal, but are unsure because of various statements you have heard? There are many myths surrounding IPL hair removal, but most are rooted in ignorance and little experience with the method. In this post, we will therefore deal with various myths and truths about hair removal with IPL technology.
Myths about IPL laser hair removal
We begin by addressing some myths about IPL laser hair removal that are quite widespread but are not true. These are myths that create fear and doubt, for no good reason.
1. Hair removal with the IPL laser can cause skin cancer
Myth: There are people who believe that laser hair removal causes skin cancer, because they consider it a rather aggressive method of hair removal. This type of hair removal only destroys the hair follicles and is very gentle on the skin. The IPL hair remover from Silkemyk is designed for home use and will not harm your skin as long as you use it correctly.
Side effects rarely occur if the handset is used as recommended. Common reactions after treatment can still be redness and swelling, but these symptoms usually subside shortly after treatment. The IPL laser is clinically tested and completely safe.
2. Hair removal with the IPL laser is very painful
Myth: IPL laser hair removal is not painful as long as everything is done correctly and you choose the right intensity level. You feel a slight heat in the skin, but this is not painful or dangerous at all. The only thing that can cause discomfort when using an IPL hair remover is if you use it over areas with a lot of pigment. This is because the skin will absorb the flashes of light at a deeper level, which can lead to skin irritation. Therefore, remember never to use the IPL laser on tattoos, moles or other areas of the skin with a lot of pigment.
3. IPL laser hair removal is very expensive
Myth: It may feel like hair removal with the IPL laser is expensive right when you buy the product, but remember that this is a one-off sum - and the laser lasts for 10 years if used correctly.
Using other hair removal methods requires the purchase of consumables that cost less, but must be purchased frequently. Just think how much money many people spend on hair removal creams, wax strips, razors and razor blades. Not to mention the cost of aftershave gel, shaving foam and shaving oils to avoid red bumps, sores and sensitive skin, itchiness and dry skin.
4. Hair removal with IPL laser takes too much time
Myth: On average, you spend around 20 minutes a week removing hair with our IPL laser. For the first twelve weeks, you should do the treatment once a week until you achieve optimal results. After this, a touch up once every 2 months will suffice. Within 10 years, there will be only 20 hours. Compared to, for example, shaving, you save 153 hours over the 10 years. It actually corresponds to just over 4.5 working weeks!
Read also: IPL hair removal with laser VS shaving. Here we calculate how much time and money you actually save by replacing your razor with our IPL laser.
5. IPL laser hair removal is only for women
Myth: No way! Hair removal with the IPL laser is brilliant for men and gives good results. How many people are not tired of the hair on the neck growing out super fast and ruining the whole hairstyle? Or do you want to remove hair on your chest or armpits, but find hair removal with wax incredibly painful? Guys - don't be afraid to invest in Silkemyk's IPL laser! We even have it in black.
Many people resort to hair removal with IPL technology because of the constant irritation of the skin when shaving. There is no doubt that sore skin, ingrown hairs and red bumps can be embarrassing for both women and men. Many also want to reduce hair growth due to hygienic reasons. In fact, sweat production is connected to the hair follicles. This means you can reduce the amount of sweat produced by removing unwanted hair growth. So to conclude: IPL laser is definitely for men!
Truths about IPL laser hair removal
There are also many truths about hair removal with the IPL laser that it is good to get the black and white first as well as last. Here are some truths you should know about.
1. There is no point in using the IPL laser more than once a week
Truth: IPL works by the light pulses from the IPL hair remover hitting the melanin in the hair under the skin. The white light is then absorbed by the hair follicles. The heat from the light energy puts active hairs into sleep mode, which means that new hairs do not grow out. Because hair grows in cycles and alternates between being active and passive, the light pulses only stop active hair strands. Because the IPL treatment is only effective during the active growth phase of your hair, there is no point in using the IPL hair remover more than once a week.
2. Pregnant women and mothers who are breastfeeding cannot use IPL for hair removal
Truth: Our IPL laser has not been tested for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding, and therefore should not be used. Silkemyk has been developed in collaboration with leading skin specialists, and they have discouraged the use of IPL or other light-based hair removal methods during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as a precaution to avoid any side effects.
3. You cannot use IPL if you are sunbathing
Truth: To protect the skin from unwanted damage, you must wait at least two weeks before performing an IPL treatment after tanning. After performing an IPL treatment, you must wait at least 48 hours before exposing a treated area to the sun. The purpose of this precaution is to make sure that the skin is not sun damaged. Never use the IPL handset if you are sunburned as it may cause side effects.
That's it - that was it. We hope you feel more confident about using the IPL laser after this post! If you are also one of those who are tired of bumps on the skin and ingrown hairs after hair removal, then you should invest in an IPL hair remover. You will not regret it!