At Home Laser Hair Removal For Dark Skin
Hair removal is a common concern for all people, but the hair removal options available to those with darker skin tones have been limited.
In recent times laser hair removal systems have been developed that are safe and effective on those with dark skin.
The lasers used in these systems use light energy to destroy the hair at its root which prevents the hair from growing back, effectively reducing the amount of hair that you have on your body.
How does IPL hair removal work?
IPL hair removal works by focusing powerful bursts of different wavelengths on your skin.
The light energy is absorbed by the pigment in your hair follicles, which heats up and destroys the follicle so the hair cannot grow back.
Because IPLs are designed to produce heat that is attracted to pigment (highly concentrated in hair follicles) is why many dermatologists recommend against doing laser hair removal at home if you have a darker skin tone.
At home laser hair removal for dark skin
Can be effective when the laser used is a diode system that operates at 808nm such as the KetchBeauty V4.1 IPL Handset.
A few other models suitable for dark skin IPL removal devices have been approved including Silk'n Glide and Philips Lumea Comfort.
Before buying any system it's important to check with your dermatologist that the system you are considering will work on your skin.
Using a laser hair removal system at home is cheaper than going to a salon or clinic but it's still an expensive thing to buy without being sure it will work for you.
It can be difficult for those with dark skin tones to choose the best laser hair removal option.
Here at KetchBeauty, we know that not everyone will get the result they are looking for with at-home laser hair removal even if everything is done right.
This is why we have a 90-day money-back guarantee in place.
Is at-home laser hair removal safe for dark skin?
Yes, when the IPL system uses an 808nm wavelength such as the KetchBeauty V4.1 IPL Handset.
It will provide you with consistent results, without risk of damage to your skin pigmentation or burning your skin.
What to look for in an IPL handset for use on dark skin?
The main difference between systems that are safe for dark skin and those that aren't is that they use a longer wavelength of light to penetrate the deeper layers of your skin making it less damaging for darker skin types.
With these changes made, laser systems can be effective in permanently reducing the amount of hair you have with minimal discomfort.
At-home laser hair removal for dark skin results
We have had a few customers of ours provide some great feedback.
As per the customer; he would have to shave 5/7 days per week for work, this has led to facial and under chin ingrowth hair.
He stated that his overall hair removal took longer than expected due to the need to use it on a lower level the dark the skin is.
However, the ingrown hairs pretty much disappeared within the 3rd week of use and never returned.
For more results, you can find a full series on YouTube where Allyssa used our IPL and document her results and experience over time. You can watch the videos below.
How to do at home laser hair removal safely on dark skin
Start by doing a patch test. A laser hair removal patch test is needed before doing full-body treatments to determine what your skin tone will respond best to.
To do a patch test, treat about a 1 inch by 3-inch area of the arm or leg you are planning on treating.
Treat the area and observe for any reactions within one to seven days after use. A patch test is required for each intensity level on an IPL to ensure treatment is done safely without causing any harm or injury.
Some negative laser hair removal reactions include:
- skin irritation
- skin discoloration
- blistering or scabbing.
If you have a positive reaction after the patch test, go to a dermatologist for laser hair removal treatments.
If no negative effect occurs after a successful patch test then proceed to use the IPL.
If you do not feel safe using or attempting to remove hair at home using an IPL then discontinue use immediately and consult with your dermatologist for professional options such as diode laser hair removal or electrolysis.
You can learn more about electrolysis here: Electrolysis hair removal