Laser v IPL: What Will Work Better For You?

Just like any other generic products in the market today, we get to enjoy the luxury of having multiple choices when it comes to permanent hair removal. You could opt for professional laser treatment (or Diode Laser) offered by laser clinics, or Intense Pulsed Light treatment offered by IPL hair removal clinics.

Aside from the usual local laser clinics offering these services, you can also go for at home hair removal treatment by availing yourself of the offered permanent hair removal devices in the market. Thank heavens for the diversity!

The truth about Intense Pulsed Light and Laser Epilation

Both systems are circulating on the same energies— heat and light.Utilizing the energy of intense light, the heat emitted by such targets the hair follicle that will cause damage, hence reducing hair growth. As seen from the photo below, laser treatment uses a stronger level in treatments, as well as higher temperature to achieve optimum results. IPL treatment, on the other hand, utilizes a slightly lower temperature compared to the laser treatment.


Laser treatment uses a very concentrated beam of light (single color and form) to target the hair follicle. The single wavelength of light produced by the machine is tuned depending on one’s skin and hair color. Tuning is done on test patch consultation. That way, our safety is ensured, while getting maximum results.

Let me tell you about Diode Laser, though. IPL treatment is boxed in to fair and tanned skin when it comes to achieving the best possible results. This is when Diode Laser treatment steps up the notch in the hair removal game, for this type of hair removal treatment works best for dark skin tones.

This is relevant, for one of the major concerns in IPL treatments is how effective it is on users with dark complexion. It must be noted though, that IPL hair removal machine manufacturers have been innovating their products to cater to all.

Intense Pulsed Light machines, on the other hand, utilizes a variety of light waves. That being affirmed, it means that it is diffused and less powerful than the laser. IPL devices use a lamp to produce the energy, hence the more shallow penetration. This is the reason why IPL treatment is cheaper than laser treatments, for deeper, thicker hairs may take some time before getting treated effectively.

Professional or at home hair removal treatments?

I have personally tried both of the systems, and I must say both are just as good, depending on your skin color and what technology is available to you.


Using permanent hair removal machines might take some time and a little dedication to work, but I see the long term returns from these investments. Permanent hair reduction is evident after 3 treatments or so, and this was done at the comfort of my own home! It is like having my own personal hair removal clinic, only cheaper. Definitely a treat, considering the nature of money circulation nowadays.

Just my two cents

Aside from removing hair permanently, Intense Pulsed Light technology have been proven to treat on the surface skin diseases like melasma, pigmented lesions (freckles, liver spots, birth marks), and rosacea, among others.   Amazing, right?! But just like any other products in the market, it also has its cons. You cannot have it all, after all.

Laser treatment, on the other hand, delivers what is promised—perfectly, but with a cost, of course. If you have the budget to spare, then go for this one. If you have a dark skin tone and having problems with removing your unwanted hair permanently, then go for Diode Laser or ElOS Technology. Whatever your needs may be, there is a solution out there, with all the hair removal options available.

In the end, it is still your call.

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