This is a grey area and open for debate. If you ask one therapist, they will swear that Laser is better for hair removal. Others will believe the IPL gives better results for hair removal (I guess at the end of the day each therapist will only advocate whatever machine they have to gain your business).
But basically, it all depends on the type of skin you have and the type of hair that you have. The results will differ for each person and that is why we all need a different number of sessions to get results. See ‘How Many Treatments Will I Need’ to determine whether Laser or IPL is best to remove your unwanted hair.
Laser machines works best with dark coarse hair. The ideal combination for any permanent hair reduction, whether it is IPL or Laser is the light skin and dark hair combination. If you have this combination, you are a winner and if you do either IPL or Laser for permanent hair removal you will yield impressive results.
In one of my posts already I have written about what the difference between IPL and Laser Is, and in this post I have kind of alluded to what machine is better but I am going to go into more detail here.
Based on the fact that Laser machines provide a single spectrum of concentrated light directly to the hair follicle, it goes without saying that more light energy penetrated the hair instead of the surrounding skin tissue. Therefore, the thicker your hair, the less effective an IPL machine becomes in removing unwanted hair. Another argument against using IPL machines for darker skinn people is that there is a higher risk than Lasers for burns and pigmentation to the skin.
Although I have said in my previous article that both Laser and IPL machines can produce pigmentation you need to ensure that you use the best machine for the right hair colour and skin colour that you have.
Which is Better?
Overall, Laser machines are more effective for permanent hair reduction as they create more heat and light energy which is directly concentrated to the hair follicle, therefore yielding better, longer lasting results for permanent hair reduction with the chance of lower side effects. Because there is less heat being absorbed by the dark skin surrounding the follicle as opposed to IPL machines, there is a decreased risk of burning and/or pigmentation occurring.
In saying this however, I am of Italian heritage and I guess that you need to read my reviews for both Laser and IPL machines for yourself to ensure you purchase the right machine. I yield good results with both Laser and IPL so I don’t really have a favourite at the moment between the two. Like I have said before, I have a different machine for different areas of the body as you would all know that the hair under our underarms is different to facial hair and pubic region hair.
My recommended machine for Laser home hair removal is the Tria Laser 4X (check out my full review for more information)
My recommended macine for IPL home hair removal is the Remington IPL6000USA I-Light Pro (check out my full review for more information)