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