For anyone with unwanted body hair, you probably know how annoying it is that one of the only widely-known, cost-effective methods for getting rid of hair is shaving, waiting two days, and shaving again. Not only does this get annoying after about a week, but it can also be incredibly time-consuming, and your showers can end up taking longer than you want them to.
Unfortunately, tactics that actually work can be hard to find because the beauty industry wants you making tons of purchases: lots of razor blades and more shaving cream than you know what to do with. After a while, this just gets old!
However, thankfully there is an alternative to shaving that is both cost-effective and less time-consuming than shaving: Intense Pulsed Light Treatment, or IPL. In this article, let’s explore what IPL is, how you can incorporate it into your routine, whether or not it has any side effects, and if it’s effective for removing that unwanted chest hair!
Why Remove Chest Hair, Anyway?
For many years, there has been a stigma associated with the idea of men getting rid of their chest hair: unless you were a swimmer, male stripper, or something else along those lines, it was often considered weird for you to remove body hair except in very specific areas. However, thankfully, that stigma is slowly going away: there is absolutely nothing wrong with having your body be exactly the way you want it!
If you’re uncomfortable with the way that you look with chest hair or you find extra and unwanted body hair to be a bother, then go for it—just get rid of it all! In fact, you don’t even need a reason, nor do you have to justify the way you want your body to be to anyone else.
What Is IPL And How Does It Relate To Chest Hair?
Before you make any decision about what kind of personal beauty treatment you go with, it’s probably a good idea to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.
Intense Pulsed Light devices use a combination of two devices called flashlamps and bandpass filters to emit something called “polychromatic incoherent high-intensity pulsed light” of predetermined wavelengths. This will stunt hair growth by targeting the melanin inside a hair follicle, breaking it down, and eventually causing enough damage to the follicle that new hair growth does not occur.
They are non-laser devices, meaning they emit light in the 500-1200 nanometer range. The light pulses emitted by these devices can accomplish a wide variety of tasks, including healing skin scars, lesions, acne, and of course, hair removal.
Phew. That was a lot of complicated technical stuff, so let’s break that down to something that everyone can understand.
Basically, IPL works to “kill” current hair growth by targeting the melanin in your hair follicles. Melanin is the pigmentation in your skin and hair that determines what color your hair is or how dark your skin tone is.
IPL is also different from laser hair removal as it uses a completely different light technology that is less harsh and also less direct, meaning that it is theoretically safer on your skin itself. That means that IPL might be a great option for anyone whose skin is super sensitive, especially on the chest!
Side Effects Of IPL
A great question to ask is whether or not there are any side effects of IPL treatment and whether or not it’s safe to use on your own. Thankfully, there are no known long-term side effects of using IPL for hair removal, and even the short-term side effects are purely cosmetic and disappear after a few days.
Here’s a short list of the most common side effects of IPL:
- Minor topical pain during the treatment itself. If you experience this, just try taking a short break or cooling the surface of your skin between applications.
- External redness or minor irritation and soreness immediately after the treatment. This will disappear incredibly quickly once you’ve completed the treatment.
- Feeling like you have a sunburn is also commonly reported (mild redness, swelling, and peeling of the skin) and can last up to a few days but is not long-term.
- Mild pigmentation changes that last for a few days but typically go away. Very rarely, the pigment absorbs too much energy and can be damaged, leaving darker or paler patches of skin.
- Around 10% of people who use IPL experience mild topical bruising that disappears after a short time.
In all, you should be completely fine if you choose to use IPL to get rid of unwanted chest hair for good!
IPL: Where To Begin?
Okay, so you’ve decided once and for all that you’re going to get rid of your unwanted chest hair, but you don’t know where to start. Fortunately for you, KENZZI has you covered thanks to our IPL Laser Hair Removal Handset. If you’re looking for a great way to remove hair with ease, with no razor burn and no ingrown hairs, KENZZI’s IPL device is for you.
No longer do you have to schedule tons of appointments with a dermatologist or go to laser hair removal treatments for months on end. Now you can remove unwanted chest hair from the comfort of your own home with an easy-to-use device that’s safe.
A quick note before you make a decision: the skin type and hair color that you have do matter when it comes to using IPL. Because IPL targets melanin, it needs to be able to distinguish between your skin tone and the color of the hair you want to remove. With that being said, IPL works best on people with lighter skin tones and darker hair, so if you have really light hair or a really dark skin tone, chances are you might have to go with another method for removing unwanted body hair.
If your chest hair makes you uncomfortable, please don’t hesitate to do something about it! Your body should make you happy, and you should definitely feel comfortable in your own skin, no matter what reasons you pick for the decisions you make. You don’t owe an answer to anybody!
With that being said, shaving really isn’t a great option as it can irritate your skin, leave ingrown hairs, and it’s super time consuming and expensive. IPL is the best of both worlds and is a great new way to remove unwanted body hair from the comfort of your own home. Don’t completely change your daily routine just because you want to change something about the way that you look. Instead, make your routine work for you with KENZZI.