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The DOs and DONT’s of Caring For Skin After IPL


The demand of maintaining and sustaining a smooth body and face is an ongoing challenge for women everywhere. While many are content with constant upkeep, some women are not.

Shaving and waxing have long served as short term hair removal solutions, but for those who want to look their best at all times they would be wise to seek out pulsed light (IPL).

IPL is the most advanced form of hair removal readily available on the cosmetic market today. Board certified professionals hail the skin friendly laser treatment as one of the safest and most effective methods for hair removal today.

Best of all, there are no side effects! The permanent hair removal procedure is not only convenient and permanent but relatively painless and skin friendly.

However, before deciding to get such a treatment, it is wise to go through the dos and do nots.

Before Permanent Hair Removal

When planning a permanent hair removal, patients are greatly encouraged to have their hair fully grown. Hair follicles 1 millimeter or less will be less effective for IPL treatment on account of short or ingrown hair being more challenging to remove during the actual treatment.

Additionally, IPL patients should avoid any epilation before treatment. In other words, no waxing, plucking, or any other measure that aids in the removal of hair from the roots. Bleaching should also be avoided since bleached hair cannot be treated through IPL. If a patient has bleached hair already, they are asked to wait until the bleach fades to schedule their hair removal treatment.

The First 48 Hours

The most important thing for first time IPL patients to remember is to take the prescribed precautions following the treatment. Doctors recommend applying a cooling smoothing gel after the procedure to ease any slight discomfort. Some salons actually offer this as part of the IPL package.

Doctors also suggest avoiding chemicals, which means no soaps, washes, or lotions on the skin after the first 48 hours of every IPL session.

After 48 Hours

Following the two days after treatment, mild scrubbing and exfoliating are permitted to remove any excess dead hair follicles that remain on the body from the IPL session. Similarly, avoid skin exposure to the sun for two days. Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher when going outside in direct sunlight.

More importantly, after 48 hours, lotions, creams, and soaps can now be used to nourish the skin. Perhaps it goes without saying, but patients are told to avoid further epilation while they prepare for the next IPL session!

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