As said, I have had many problems with shaving, ingrown hairs, and irritation. I have to pluck a great deal of my facial hair to reduce these symptoms and have considered IPL for a while to combat these problems. If I were to pluck an area of my face and go in for IPL treatment, will the hair follicles respond or will I have to let everything grow back out?
If a Hair is Plucked Shortly Before IPL Treatment, Will It Still Respond?
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The DARK HAIR ROOT must be in place for any laser or IPL hair removal to work.
Therefore, do not pluck, wax, thread, tweeze, epilate, or do anything to remove the root of the hair before any hair laser or IPL treatments, for two weeks or more. The more mature, thick, and dark the root is, the MORE EFFECTIVE the treatment will be!
SHAVING the area to reduce the amount of hair sticking above the surface is actually helpful for the laser or IPL device, because it allows less light to be distracted by surface hair, and to get right to the root target.
Do not pluck prior to hair removal
In general it is best to avoid plucking, tweezing, waxing, or bleaching for at least 2 weeks prior to any kind of laser or IPL treatment for hair reduction. If the hairs are manually pulled from the skin then the laser or light device does not have a target and the treatment does not work. The hairs do not have to be long, however, you can shave or clip the area right at the surface. As long as the hairs are still in the skin the treatment should work. Good luck.
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