Permanent Hair Removal: Laser vs IPL

by Jess Marrazzo

Kropspleje • 23 April 2018

Permanent hair removal technology can often seem quite complex at first glance, making it challenging to find the most effective treatment for you.

To help you make the right decision, we’ve put together a simple guide on how to achieve hair-free, smooth skin for good.

Basically, there are 2 main technologies to choose from – IPL and Laser. Both methods channel light energy to disrupt the growth cycle of each hair follicle, gradually reducing hair growth and thickness without damaging the surrounding tissue. However, the differences lie in the way that light is produced and the effect it has on the skin.


Laser hair removal produces a single wavelength of pure light, consisting of one single colour and form. This means that the energy is concentrated into a directed beam to specifically target the melanin in the hair follicle.

Most laser machines have a variety of settings, with the highest power being the most effective. However, not all settings may be suitable for use on lighter or darker skin types, so it’s important to find the balance of the safest and most effective setting for your complexion.

Laser hair removal permanently reduces hair growth over time, so eventually you’ll only need top-up treatments. You can still continue to shave any regrowth between treatments, and the light therapy works on thick, dark and coarse hairs across sensitive areas such as the face, underarms and bikini line.


IPL produces a broad spectrum of wavelengths, playing an important role in boosting your skin’s overall health. This wide spectrum covers a wider area of the skin’s surface, meaning that treatment times may be quicker than laser.

Many devices also offer Variable Pulsed Light (VPL) settings that continuously assess your skin type before each flash, making sure you’re getting the most customised treatment for your skin tone. You don’t need regrowth for IPL to work, so you don’t have to worry about timing your treatments around your lifestyle. Although you may still feel a slight sensation throughout your treatment, IPL is less painful than traditional hair removal methods. What’s more, the light beams stunt hair regrowth, so you’ll need fewer top-up treatments as time passes.

As everyone's skin is different, it's crucial to find the best device and technology to suit your skin tone. Our product experts are always on hand to help you perfect the ideal treatment plan - simply contact them on to start your free personal consultation.

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