ipl benefits and side effectsA few years ago I started researching laser hair removal options. While doing that, I found out about Intense pulsed light (IPL). Since I have pale skin, I realised that this option could potentially suit me better than laser. Why? It‘s mostly because of the price. I‘ve learnt a lot about it and therefore I‘d love to share what I found out. So here are a few IPL benefits and side effects that you should know about.

What is IPL?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology that is used for various skin treatments. Its benefits are vast and receive more and more acknowledgement.

IPL Benefits

Here are a few benefits I’ve learnt about while getting to know what IPL really is. You‘ll later find out how my mother used it to get rid of something that‘s been annoying her for ages.

Removes Hair


IPL is very popular amongst people, because of its ability to remove hair. It‘s fascinating indeed. I‘ve read a lot about laser hair removal before, however once I found out about IPL my interest grew. There are a few things I found out reading papers. You should know them if you‘re considering using IPL for hair removal.

IPL is for Light-Skinned Only

IPL emits scattered light unlike laser hair removal. What does that mean to you? Basically, it sort of attacks anything pigmented on your skin. Therefore, it‘s hard to make it concentrate only on your hair. As a result, if you have dark skin, it will attack both your hair and your skin. That can end up badly. I‘m talking about redness, soreness and ugly burns. Hence, IPL is best for those who have light skin and dark hair.

IPL is Safe to Practice at Home

I‘m pretty fascinated how handy IPL can be for all of us due to the fact that we can use it at home. Since we can adjust the device to give us the wavelengths we need, we can create a low-energy ipl machines that are safe to use. You can see that it‘s something we‘re already doing. IPL hair removal devices are sold all over and people successfully use them at home. That‘s a big win for all of us!

Repairs Small Blood Vessels


My mother has been suffering from broken capillaries for ever since I remember. I never quite understood why she had them. I‘m kind of preparing myself for the same future. However, my mother actually got an IPL treatment a few years ago. It took her a few visits but she got rid of them. Seing how much it contributed to her happiness, made me realise how simple things like that are important.

Why do We Suffer from Broken Capillaries

They are usually caused by the following factors:

  • Genes
  • Ageing
  • Skin Type
  • Environmental Factors

That simply shows that no one is truly safe. However, I noticed myself that usually that‘s a problem that people with fair skin. Therefore, IPL is pretty much a perfect solution.

Treats Acne


Some of us are just unlucky! Dealing with acne is both tiring and unpleasant. There are so many adults who are still suffering from acne. I think it’s even harder for women to live with acne. That’s why very often they turn to makeup, use a ton of it and realise later that their skin condition is worse than it was before. Treating acne is an art in my opinion and it can be scary. Very scary indeed. However, there are new ways to deal with it. One of them is IPL.

Scientists proved that IPL is indeed efficient with acne(source). In addition to that, they found out that acne treatment doesn’t have any side effects or they are very mild. However, it’s important to understand that you should treat your acne with a help of a professional. In order to to be safe, you need to be in safe hands.

How does Acne Form?

Most of the time the reason why we have acne is simple. Our glands produce too much oil, it clogs our pores and P.acnes bacteria finds its way to grow there. Oil, sugars, proteins, minerals and warmth create beautifully suitable environment for it to prosper. Sounds bad, doesn’t it? However, that’s our reality.

What to Expect During Treatment?

If you choose to remove acne with IPL, you may want to know how the treatment goes. Well, it’s quite simple. The physician will probably offer you some numbing cream. Why so? IPL causes a certain amount of discomfort and it varies significantly for each person. Therefore, it’s a good idea to take the offer. Afterwords, the dermatologist will spread gel and place a glass prism on the skin. After the procedure your skin may appear pink but it will go away. Don’t worry.

Stimulates Collagen Growth


Yes. That’s true! IPL stimulate collagen growth and reduces the level of ageing. Therefore, for those already suffering from wrinkles it could be a good way to get rid of some of them.

How does IPL Stop Ageing?

IPL produces a good amount of heat that’s directed towards your skin. It improves circulation and therefore increases the production of collagen. It also happens to destroy old collagen structures. As a result, it starts reconstructing itself. herefore, collagen start reforming itself and skin becomes smoother(source).

It‘s Cheaper than Laser


Once again that comes from the fact that IPL is more widely used at home. Having an IPL machine of your own and using it from time to time, whenever you feel the need is much cheaper than going to 6 hair removal treatments in a clinic. As the matter of fact, you save a lot of money that way and it makes a big difference to any average human-being like me.

To speak numbers. – an IPL machine can cost as low as $200. One laser session for legs can cost the same amount. However, you’ll need to have 6-8 of them. That will result in $1200-$1600 to remove hair permanently. Therefore, you save at least $1000. That makes a big difference, doesn’t it?

IPL Side Effects

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Soreness
  • Slight pigment change in the treated area

However, you need to know that those side effects are just temporary. Redness, swelling and soreness only last for a couple of days. Pigmentation, on the other hand, may last up to 2 months.

How to Prevent IPL Side Effects?


Don’t Overdo It

In order to prevent unwanted side effects of IPL, you first need to make sure that you don’t overdo it. If you have an IPL machine at home, make sure to have hair removal sessions only every other month. If you start using it too often, it can cause burns and prolonged redness. After all, you need to realise that IPL can be dangerous if used recklessly.

Use It Only if You Have Light Skin

IPL can be dangerous for dark skin, because it attacks pigments. Since dark skin has much more of them than light skin, it can cause damage to cells. That’s usually what happens. Therefore, be careful and have that in mind. In case you have dark skin, there are other laser methods to remove hair.


So here are all of the IPL benefits and side effects that I know of. I hope you enjoyed the post and learnt something new! I definitely did. In case you have any questions, please comment below. I’ll do my best to answer them or we could research a thing or two together! In addition to that, if you have any ideas, please let me know of them. I’m keen to learn myself and find out more about IPL. At the end of the day, it’s pretty magical, don’t you think so? I love how technology is improving and I hope you appreciate that you. Now have a lovely day, try new hair removal methods and come to this blog for more information.