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Can I Get IPL with Dark Skin and Problems with Hyperpigmentation?

moderately dark skin + problems with Hyper/Hypopigmentation = good candidate for IPL?

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IPL should not be used on dark complexions

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IPL should not be used on dark complexions since you may burn and be left with lighter areas, or you may develop darker pigmentation.  Consult a board certified dermatologist to have your hyperpigmentation assessed.  Fading creams and light chemical peels may help and you must use sun protection.

Toronto Dermatologist
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Best not to get IPL if you have dark skin

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Dark skinned individuals are not the best candidates for IPL treatment. There are safer ways to improve hyperpigmentation without the potential for additional pigmentary issues. Prescription- strength lightening agents used alone or in conjunction with chemical peels can be very beneficial.

Speak with a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist with experience treating hyperpigmenation in dark complected individuals.

 

Seattle General Surgeon

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