What Laser Hair Removal Machine Is Right For Darker Skin?

It's very challenging for a practitioner to perform laser hair removal on someone with dark skin. The lower the contrast for dark hair on dark skin, the harder it is for the laser to determine where the hair is. If the laser can't make the distinction between hair and skin, the darker skin will absorb more laser than hair follicle and this makes it more likely that the skin will burns and blister as a result of treatment. Therefore a lower laser setting must be used to avoid a burn. The unwanted hair will also receive a lower energy pulse and the treatment will be less effective. As a result the client will need more laser sessions.

Suitable Machine For Darker Skin

Lasers having the longest light wavelength are used for treating with very dark skin, short wavelengths are often causing burns and discoloration. Because melanin is especially effective at absorbing shorter wavelengths, the surface of dark skin is less likely to suffer side effects when treated with lasers that have longer wavelengths.

Nd:Yag Laser

Has been proven particularly effective on even the darkest skin tones and the laser is minimally absorbed by the skin's melanin. It has a particularly long wavelength of 1064 nanometers, which causes it to bypass the top layer of skin and head straight for underlying tissues, where many skin problems begin.

Carbon is used as the chromophore in Nd:YAG laser systems. Carbon is used for its safety and strong absorptive properties. Carbon is a better chromophore than melanin at 1065nm wavelengths. A Carbon lotion is used on the skin and this penetrates the hair follicle. The laser will then target the Carbon during treatment. The only draw back to this is getting the Carbon to penetrate the skin deeply enough to get into the hair follicles.

How To Get Laser Hair Reduction On Dark Skin?


Diode Laser and IPL

For light to tanned tones. But it is not 100% successful, the best results are seen in those who are types I and II and characterized by light skin that does not tan well. It worth noting that, IPL has the most risk of burns for darker skin than other lasers.

Currently, there are some revolutionary new form of hair removal technology also can have a good result on dark skin.

ELOS System

combines Bi-Polar RF (Radio Frequency) and a high power Laser (IPL). The ELOS advantage over standard Laser or IPL is 30% less Laser (IPL) and 100% more bi-polar Radio Frequency. Lower levels of Laser (IPL) decrease the chance of an over response in darker skin. RF is colour blind so it target the germinative part of the hair follicle rather than the melanin found in the hair shaft, or hair bulb.

Ultrasonic (Applisonix)

Ultrasound energy is directly channelled over the hair shaft to the root, where it is converted into heat and damages the follicle. As a result, the temperature inhibits the hair's re-growth. Since the energy is accurately applied through the hair shaft, the surrounding skin is not affected. So the Ultrasonic is applicable to all hair colors and all skin tones. However, It's All Over! In 2013, Applisonix Disappeared From The Market! Their website is no longer in operation and all promotional material has been removed from the web.

Find A Practitioner With Experience

People with tanned and dark skin aren't precluded from laser hair removal, but dermatologists who deliver the treatments must exercise extreme care. Make sure to select a practitioner with a variety of lasers and lots of experience. Because the laser has a more difficult time distinguishing between the surface of the skin and the hair in darker skin types, the practitioner's experience and the type of laser technology is integral to successful laser treatment. Darker skin is often to prone to becoming discolored if burned and damaged. But, if this laser technology is used skillfully, discoloration is not common. The practitioner with experience also can use a contact cooling method and apply a chilled plate or a spray to your darker skin.

Get More Treatment Sessions

Even as lasers become more adept and treating dark skin, your total treatment package may still require more sessions than the national average of 3-5. The practitioner may use longer pulse duration for thicker hairs and leave the light on for a shorter period of time to remove thinner hairs. As safety precautions can make dark skin laser treatments a more painstaking and time consuming process, making more treatments generally necessary.

Using A Bleaching Cream

Using a bleaching cream for darker skin before laser hair reduction will improve the contrast between dark hair and skin tone, improving the results of the treatment. However, your dark hairs need to keep the original color due to the a high contrast between skin and hair is essential to laser treatment. The natural products that contain kojic acid instead of hydroquinone.

Not Recommend To Use Home Device

Currently, there were three FDA-approved laser hair reduction devices approved for home use made by Tria Laser, Silk'n IPL and Remington IPL. Unfortunately, according to information supplied by the manufacturers, these at-home devices cannot be used by those with medium brown to black skin tones.

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