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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 double check the labels of any medication 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 Gold.

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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; skin which is sensitive to light and easily develops a rash or an allergic reaction; psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema, acne, herpes simplex or active infections or wounds.

This list isn’t exhaustive, if you need further clarification, please contact us

Do not use if you have a known sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity) or are taking medication that makes the skin more sensitive and causes photosensitivity, e.g. Retin A, Accutane and/or other topical retinoids.  Always check the instruction leaflet that comes with your medicinal product, to see if photosensitivity is listed as a side effect. Use of a SmoothSkin device on photosensitive skin could result in skin damage such as swelling or blisters.

Laser and IPL both work to prevent hair growth by using light and in turn heat to target the hair follicle, in correlation with the hair growth cycle. However, the technology used to deliver the light is really quite different – with the key difference being the kind of light itself.

In short, IPL devices produce a wide range of wavelengths of light to produce a single white flash. This light can appear with an orange/red glow when the device is flashed against the skin, like a camera flash. Lasers use one wavelength of light which creates a single beam, like a laser pointer.

As a result of these differences, laser and IPL treatments vary in terms of:

Treatment time: Because the beam of light used in laser treatments is very concentrated, laser devices have a very small treatment window. Thanks to the broader flash of light used in IPL, IPL devices feature a bigger treatment window and so can cover a much larger area at once, meaning a much faster treatment time in comparison to laser.

Pain rating: The single, more pointed beam of light used during laser treatment is often reported to be more painful than IPL treatment.

Cost: Laser light is expensive to generate, and so, in salons especially, laser treatment comes with a hefty price tag whereas IPL is often much more affordable.

Longevity of results: As a trade-off for the increased price tag and pain level, the results from laser treatment can mean fewer top-ups are required between sessions. But, as with any kind of light-based hair reduction, you’ll always need to continue with top-up treatments to stop hairs from growing back.

Safety: Laser light is very powerful and can even be dangerous. Because of this, at-home laser hair removal devices use significantly reduced power, especially in comparison to their expensive salon equivalent. The bonus of IPL treatment is that it’s much safer to use as the light is less concentrated, and so can be used at-home risk-free for long-lasting results.

To summarise, IPL can give the same standard of results as laser-treatments, as long as you follow the prescribed treatment regimen – and keep on top of top-up treatments! In return for your dedication to your regimen, you can save time, money and endless trips to the salon, completing your treatments in the comfort of your own home. What’s not to love? Read more here.

Yes. A number of clinical trials have proven that when used properly, IPL gives significant permanent hair reduction. To get the best results, it’s super important that you follow the prescribed treatment regimen.

Read the latest reviews  to hear what people just like you have said about SmoothSkin products.

With more than 30 years’ experience, SmoothSkin are the pros of the IPL hair removal world.  Not only do we design and make our products ourselves in the UK, but we also carry out our own research and even run our own clinical trials, all from our HQ in Swansea, South Wales, UK. Read more here.


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