Frequently asked questions

IPL and particularly SmoothSkin devices have proven to be very effective in dealing with PCOS related hair-growth. However, some medications, including those that are commonly used in the management of PCOS, such as Clomiphene (Clomid) and Dianette, can cause increased photosensitivity, which can cause an adverse reaction when combined with IPL, or any light-based hair removal treatment. Before starting IPL, we strongly recommend that you discuss your suitability with your GP, double check the labels of all medications that you are taking, and, of course, complete a patch test prior to your first treatment.  If you have any questions please contact us directly, and our trained advisers will be happy to help.

For maximum results, we recommend using our most powerful device, SmoothSkin Muse.

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Most areas of the body can be treated with the exception of: mucus membranes (i.e. e.g. inside nostrils, lips of mouth, ears, inner labia), directly on the genitals (including pubis bone, perineum and scrotum, or around the vagina or anus).

SmoothSkin is not recommended for use on the male face or beard, or directly on the scalp. The depth and thickness of this type of hair need to be targeted with a much higher level of energy to be effective, which means SmoothSkin is unlikely to produce the desired results. Hair density in these areas is very high, and so there’s a chance of burns being induced by the device. All the hairs close together could act as a single entity, the superficial temperature of the skin could increase above the damaged threshold, resulting in a burn.

No – SmoothSkin is not suitable for use on tattoos.

Of course! SmoothSkin devices are not gender specific. Just remember that whereas women can use SmoothSkin devices from the cheekbones down, we advise men to treat from the neck down only.

Smoothskin is not recommended for use on the male face or beard. The depth and thickness of this type of hair need to be targeted with a much higher level of energy to be effective, which means SmoothSkin is unlikely to produce the desired results. Hair density on the male face is also very high, and so there’s a chance of burns being induced by the device.

No, do not use SmoothSkin devices if you are pregnant or breast feeding, as our devices have not been tested with these individuals. We suggest that you wait 6 months post-pregnancy to start treatments to allow the body’s hormones to revert to normal.

IPL is unsuitable for treating grey, red or very light blonde (white) hair. Very fair and grey hair doesn’t contain enough melanin to transmit the light energy to the follicle, whilst red hair contains a different form of melanin altogether which isn’t responsive to IPL. It is possible to see results when treating darker blonde hair, but you may need a few extra treatments to get the same standard of hair reduction. If you’re tempted to try it but not sure whether your hair is suitable, remember we offer a 90-day money-back guarantee so you can really get to grips with the technology before deciding if it’s right for you. Find out more here.

SmoothSkin is suitable for all but the darkest skin tones. Before you order a SmoothSkin product, make sure your skin tone is suitable using the below chart.

 

No – do not use the device over large very dark freckles or moles.

We don’t recommend individuals under the age of 18 use SmoothSkin IPL devices. The devices have not been tested on this age group, and the body undergoes a number of hormonal changes during adolescence, so treatments may be less effective at this time due to rapid hair growth.

We suggest you seek medical advice as we can’t be sure of the depth or prominence of the veins.

No – SmoothSkin is not recommended for use on these areas.

No. We do not recommend SmoothSkin devices for use in people with diabetes.

No. If you suffer with epilepsy, the flashing light emitted from the SmoothSkin device may trigger a seizure or epileptic fit.

Yes – there are a number of conditions that may affect your suitability for IPL treatment.

These include (but are not limited to): skin cancer, or any other localised cancer in the areas to be treated; history of vascular disorder, such as the presence of varicose veins or vascular ectasia in the areas to be treated, skin which is sensitive to light and easily develops a rash or an allergic reaction; diabetes; lupus erythematodes; porphyria ; congestive heart disease; skin infections, eczema, burns, inflammation of hair follicles, open lacerations, abrasions, herpes simplex, wounds or lesions and haematomas in the areas to be treated.

This list isn’t exhaustive, if you need further clarification, please check with your doctor. We also recommend you check out our FAQ on medications.

Yes. Certain medications and skin care products can have photosensitive properties which can cause an adverse reaction to IPL treatment.

Please check the advice leaflet of any medication or skin care product containing active ingredients you are currently using and, if you need further clarification, check with your doctor. We also recommend you check out our FAQ on medical conditions.

There are several instances where unfortunately we don’t recommend the use of IPL treatment.

First up, IPL is not suitable to treat people with very dark skin, or Fitzpatrick skin tone VI. This is all down to the way in which the technology itself works. Very dark skin contains a high amount of pigment (melanin) and so will absorb more light, which, in extreme cases, can result in potential burns, discolouration or even scarring. All SmoothSkin devices are fitted with sensors to ensure that they do not fire on unsuitable skin tones, but before you order a SmoothSkin product, please make sure you’re suitable for IPL treatment using the below chart.

IPL is also unsuitable for treating grey, red or very light blonde (white) hair. Very fair and grey hair doesn’t contain enough melanin to transmit the light energy to the follicle, whilst red hair contains a different form of melanin altogether which isn’t responsive to IPL. It is possible to see results when treating darker blonde hair, but you may need a few extra treatments to get the same standard of hair reduction. If you’re tempted to try it but not sure whether your hair is suitable, remember we offer a 90-day money-back guarantee so you can really get to grips with the technology before deciding if it’s right for you.

Finally, there are some extra cases where IPL is not recommended. These include a number of skin conditions; including eczema, varicose veins and skin cancer; medical conditions including diabetes or epilepsy, the use of some medications that can cause sensitivity to light including some acne treatments and anti-depressants; and even a number of tattoos or moles in the area you wish to treat. For more information, contact us.

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