IPL is short for intense pulsed light, and it works by using a broad spectrum of wavelengths of light which is targeted in strong pulses to treat or stimulate the skin in various ways.

As a method for removing unwanted hairs, the intense pulse creates a burst of light which is absorbed by the hair pigment. This process heats up the cells, damaging the cells that actually cause the hairs to grow, so that hairs in the growth stage will be destroyed.

Compared with shaving or creams or epilation, people who want a more permanent hair reduction solution may find IPL treatments to be a really good option. And for the removal of ingrown hairs, annoying hair growth patterns, or for areas that are difficult to reach, it’s a really popular choice.

However, although IPL hair reduction and removal can be a great way to reduce unwanted hair on all areas of the body (and which works on most hair and skin types depending on the system used) it’s well worth talking to a qualified practitioner to assess individual suitability before going ahead with any treatment.

Do your research to find a practitioner that uses an IPL permanent hair reduction system that works on all hair and skin colours and look for a built-in ICE cold system to ensure pain-free, speedy results with little or no regrowth following a course of treatments.

Post-treatment, it’s highly recommended that people don’t sunbathe or use self-tanning products during treatment and the advice is not to wax, tweeze, thread, or pluck the hair.

A full course of 10-12 treatments is normally recommended, usually every 6 weeks.

Of course, treatments will vary from person to person as everyone’s hair is different. A professional, fully trained, licensed, and insured laser technician or therapist will be able to offer the best advice to each individual so that they can achieve the required results and benefit from an individually tailored treatment programme.