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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 Pure.

Find out more here.

No, do not use SmoothSkin if you have had a skin peel treatment on the area you wish to treat. Please wait 30 days after a skin peel before treating.

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.

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.

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.

No – do not use the device over 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.

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; 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 SmoothSkin devicesif you have any skin condition in the treatment area, including psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema, acne, herpes simplex or active infections or wounds.

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.

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.

Finally, there are some extra cases where IPL is not recommended. These include a number of skin conditions; including psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema, acne, herpes simplex or active infections or wounds.; medical conditions including diabetes or epilepsy, 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 9 and/or other topical retinoids; and even a number of tattoos or moles in the area you wish to treat.

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