What is Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. IPL is sometimes confused with Laser when it comes to hair removal methods. IPL and laser both use light, but they have their own distinct characteristics. IPL uses a wide wavelength or non-coherent wavelength to target hairs. Laser hair removal uses one wavelength of coherent light or a fixed wavelength to remove them. Laser targets specific types of hair and skin tones, while IPL affects a wider range of hair types. You can check out the intense pulse light treatments at https://www.bareessentialsspa.com/treatment/intense-pulse-light-treatment.

IPL uses light to pass through the skin. It strikes the roots and hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair which is called the melanin. The highest concentration of melanin is contained in the bulb of the hair. The light energy then becomes heat energy, which damages the entire hair follicle, including the papilla that produces it.

IPL-like lasers only work on hair during the Anagen stage or the first stage of the growth cycle. The anagen stage is when the hair is growing and active. 

IPL-like lasers require multiple sessions to be effective, as not all hairs are at the anagen stage simultaneously. Repeat treatments are necessary until all hairs have been removed from the targeted area in the initial stage of growth. To completely remove the hair from the target area, it will take approximately 4 to 6 treatments spaced out over 2 weeks. After two weeks, you will notice a reduction in hair growth in the targeted area.