I think there are some people ever been told that you weren't the right candidate for laser hair removal because of your dark skin. Getting rid of hair using laser for a brown/dark skin person has been challenging over the years. This is because the lasers worked best for fairer skin counterparts as the laser devices could not distinguish between the hair and the pigment of the skin. This could cause blisters, dark and light spots and sometimes even scarring on brow/dark skin. But technology has come a long way and thanks to that there are smarter lasers that are safe to use and much more precise. These lasers have made it much easier to get rid of unwanted hair in different skin tones.
Why does laser hair removal doesn’t work on dark skin?
Laser hair removal technology works by detecting the contrast in tone between skin and hair. Unless the targeted hair is incredibly light in comparison to the skin tone, the laser will not be able to detect its presence against dark skin. The optimal condition for effective treatment is fair skin and darker hair follicles as this allows the laser to easily spot the hair and remove it.
While most at-home laser hair removal machine employs better technologies and offers superior benefits, unfortunately, they don’t work on darker skin tones. While the technology could be different or even better, at this stage in their evolution, they still require a certain level of skin and hair contrast to effectively scan, target and remove hair. If you still feel compelled to try laser hair removal on your dark skin, be careful as you could be more prone to the negative side effects.
So how to remove your hair for dark skin? There are 4 ways for you.
- Waxing: This is a fast and cheap way to remove hair, but it is a rather painful process and it does work on every skin tone and type. If you can endure this pain, you can try it. It also lasts 6-8 weeks, which is good compared to some of the other traditional hair removal options.
- Tweezing: This is a tedious but inexpensive process. Its efficiency is based on your own ability to handle tweezers and perform the treatment on yourself. Another con is that the hair grows back rather quickly as the same texture. I don't recommend this method because it causes pain and increases the pores of your skin, and there are many capillaries in the skin surface.
- Shaving: Shaving unwanted body hair is always an option and women have been doing it for a long time. There are a lot of drawbacks, though, like your hair will get thicker and thicker, like a man's beard, getting thicker and thicker, and growing very fast.
- IPL + RF Hair Removal Technology or Diode machine. These 2 types work best for brown/dark skin toned person as they are more specific and safer and their wavelength bypasses the pigmentation of the skin. IPL + RF Hair Removal Technology from the inventors of breakthrough professional hair removal technology comes the first and only at-home technology to combine Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radio Frequency (RF) energies to deliver clinically proven, permanent results. The combination of these two complementary energies delivers unprecedented safety, speed and effectiveness for smooth, hair-free, beautiful skin—painlessly. You can try this IPL + RF Hair Removal at-home machine.
Whatever method you choose to explore, if you have dark skin, we recommend doing patch testing. This is where you test a small area to determine the effectiveness and whether it is safe for your specific skin type, and worth doing a full treatment.