Is Philips Lumea SC2009/00 IPL Cordless Hair Removal Device suitable to be used by dark skinned people?
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IPL and dark skin
IPL can be used safely in dark skin, but requires modifications of pulse width and fluence (energy). The Phillips home device, is by nature lower powered, and safe, but not as effective as professional treatments. It appears that the device settings may be modified based on skin and hair type. Their FAQ section can be found online and lists the model types that are safe and dark skin hair. It looks that the 2009 is acceptable.
Melanin, the pigment in our skin, is the target for this light around the hair follicle and shaft causing hair follicle destruction. Darker skin types have more melanin, and more treatments are usually required.