Do I need to shave before IPL?

You must shave before undergoing any type of laser hair removal or salon Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy.


Waxing, epilation, or plucking are not recommended since IPL hair removal requires the hair to be intact with the hair follicle to be effective.

Because the light emitted from the gadget can only reach the hair follicle with the help of the hair in place, removing them completely will render the treatment unsuccessful!


Before you get your IPL treatment, here are some shaving recommendations to keep in mind.

These shaving guidelines apply to legs, arms, underarms, facial hair, and even pubic hair.


Exfoliate the skin. If ingrown hairs are a problem for you, consider exfoliating your skin during or after a warm shower.

Dirt and dead skin cells can clog your hair follicles, trapping your hair beneath the skin.

To avoid irritation, use a light exfoliation that is free of harsh chemicals or abrasive scrubs.


Shave wet, not dry, as this may irritate your skin and result in razor burns!

Shave only while your skin is moisturized or moist.

Shaving after a shower is ideal since your skin is clear of excess oil and dead skin cells that might clog your razor blade.

A warm shower will soften the hair and skin, allowing for a more comfortable shaving session.


A smooth shave with lubricants and cream can reduce the frequency of shaving the same area over and over, which reduces the risk of razor burn or irritation on the skin.

Gentle shaving creams or gels are recommended.

This article was written by practitioner and skincare specialist Faiy.

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