IPL vs Laser Hair Removal 

One of the most common questions we get is how is IPL different from laser hair removal? While both have the same end goal: use light to heat hair follicles and prevent regrowth, the technology is totally different. The key difference being the light source used. Here's how it breaks down:

How Laser Hair Removal Works:

With laser hair removal, laser heats the hair – right down to the bottom of the root – safely destroying it without damaging surrounding tissue or skin. This process is also called photo thermal destruction.

How IPL Works:

IPL (AKA Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal works differently from laser hair removal. IPL is a non-thermal process that uses broad spectrum light to target the hair follicle by pigmenting the area of unwanted hair. IPL devices produce bursts of light that actually consist of a range of colors, while lasers shine in only one wavelength.

IPL vs Laser Hair Removal

Everything you need to know before deciding which is right for you.

Since IPL has multi-spectrum light wavelengths they're able to cover a broader area. For this reason IPL is better at addressing larger body parts. Laser hair removal is a localized light wavelength. Great for smaller body parts!

If you have light skin and dark body hair, your hair contains a much greater concentration of melanin and will be better at absorbing the light energy. If you have darker skin, however, more light is taken up by the skin before it penetrates down to the follicles. This can result in skin irritation a little like a sunburn, and may lead to discoloration lasting from days to months.

If your skin is easily irritated, IPL is a better bet because it doesn't go through the same thermal destruction process as laser.

IPL devices also generally have a higher number of flashes per second, which means that hair can be removed faster compared to low-powered laser hair removal systems that require many pulses over long time periods. This means treatments take less time. Treatments can be performed at home safely in as little as 10 minutes, depending on the body part.

This is why we always recommend starting with IPL treatments before moving on to laser. It's more effective and will produce better results without the irritation that laser may cause.

Clinical studies have shown that both laser and IPL hair removal are about equally effective, but minor side effects are more likely with laser.

It's important to note that both IPL and laser companies tend to highlight the benefits of their products while glossing over or ignoring the limitations. When considering IPL and laser hair removal products and services, you need to consider integrity and efficacy. Do you trust this product, service, and company? And will the product, service, and company deliver on their promise?

At Malibu Home Spa, we're committed to excellence and committed to providing our customers the best IPL hair removal device on the market, that's equally safe and effective. We stand by our products! So much so, that we have an risk-free 60-day money back guarantee. If you use the IPL device and don't love the results you're getting, send it back to us for a full refund. The thing that makes us stand out is our customer service and commitment to you (integrity), and how well our products actually work (efficacy). But don't just take our word for it, check out our reviews.

Ultimately, the choice between IPL Hair Removal and Laser Hair Removal comes down to: 

  • Skin Type

  • Budget

  • Time availability for treatments

  • The product, service, and/or company