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At-Home Laser Hair Removal: Does It Work?

It’s normal to have facial and body hair but most of us girls just can’t seem to stand the sight of them. 

Since waxing, shaving, and plucking every other week is becoming too tedious, why not go for semi-permanent hair removal instead?

At-Home Laser Hair Removal: Does It Work?

For me to talk about this, I had to try a cheap handheld laser myself.

And guess what, it works!

Most at-home laser hair removal devices use IPL (Intense Pulsed Light technology).  

In this technology, the light energy from the device is converted into heat that is absorbed by the dark pigment of the hair. This forces the hair to go into a resting phase that creates some level of damage to the hair. This is why when it grows back; the hair strand is not as thick as it used to be. 

At-Home Laser Hair Removal: Does It Work?

However, never expect lasers to get rid of your facial and body hair completely. It can only make it thinner until it is not visible anymore. 

Also, some devices are sophisticated enough to identify skin tones whereas, others do not have this feature.

This is important because if the laser cannot differentiate your skin color from your hair, you can either get dark or light spots on your skin.

At-Home Laser Hair Removal: Does It Work?

But if you are fair-skinned and your hair is dark enough to be detected, then you will have no problem trying one out. 

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Dr. Elli Reyes
Dr. Ellie Reyes

About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.

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