Is it safe to use IPL hair removal with an extended vitiligo?

I have a very extended Vitiligo on my face , arms, hands, legs,...etc A few days ago I bought an IPL hair removal machine. I want to know if it'a safe to use the machine in my case especially I don't want my vitiligo to be worst !!! It's worst enough like this... Thank you so much for answering my question.

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IPL and vitiligo

It is not safe to use IPL or similar hair removals if you have vitiligo since further discoloration of the skin is more likely to occur in treated areas. If wanting to remove unwanted hair with laser removal consult an expert who can evaluate your case and help you attain desired results.


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IPL and vitiligo

Great question - Hyopigmentation or loss of pigmentation is a risk for anyone using IPL for hair removal (or use of most lasers in general), but someone with vitiligo is especially susceptible to a potential increase in hyopigmentation or loss of pigmentation. When there has been trauma to the skin and the skin is in the healing process i.e. after laser hair removal, there is the potential risk to increase the amount of vitiligo in the area treated and/or on other areas of the body. I would highly recommend seeking the advice of a laser professional before beginning self treatments at home. Best of luck!

When in Doubt--See an expert for laser hair removal

Laser hair removal can depigment the skin if not used properly.  I suggest only going to a well trained cosmetic dermatologist with experience.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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