Laser Hair Removal On African American Skin
It is a common knowledge that African American can not do laser hair removal at home. For years all the home laser devices for hair removal, did not permit a treatment over dark brown and black skin.
That is still basically true, most of the African American men and women may not know that new technologies released recently can partly solve this problem.
IPL / Laser Are Dangerous For Dark Skin Treatments
Understanding laser or IPL (Intense Pulsed light) technology will reveal why they are dangerous to be used over dark African American skin. These devices emit a powerful flash of light which when absorbed by dark matter turns into heat. If the dark hair is surrounded by light tone skin, most of the light will be absorbed by the hair and the heat will disable the bulb.
When the light energy is flashed over dark skin, the light is absorbed by the skin tissue, which will immediately heat and burn. Pulsing light at dark skin can be painful and distressing.
African American Dark Skin Tones No’ 5 & No’ 6
There is a way to measure skin color tones. It is called the Fitzpatrick scale, and it divides all the skin tones into six categories. From no’ 1 which is pale white skin which burns in the sun till skin tone no’ 6 which is black skin that never burns in the sun.
Skin tones No’ 5 and No’ 6 (dark brown and black) skin types where always unsafe for home laser hair removal devices. For example if you would search for a home IPL system, you will see this chart (below) showing who can use the device:
ELOS – New Hair Removal Technology
At these clinics special kind of lasers were used, and still skin burns and discomfort was a common result.
New research and innovations has discovered new hair removal technology. ELOS is a acronym of Electro-Optical Synergy.
These systems have been widely used at professional hair removal clinics and dermatologists offices. With over 10 million treatments done annually with ELOS, the technology has been leading the aesthetics industry at the last few years.
Compact ELOS Device for Home Hair Removal
Syneron the patent holder for the ELOS technology released a compact new device for home hair reduction. The system use the same ELOS technology which combines IPL + Radio Waves (RF) to preform hair removal treatments. The Me my ELOS system pulses light flashes which are followed by a pulse of Radio Waves. The two technologies when used in synergy achieve great results in disabling hair growth.
Where Me my ELOS can be used?
- Bikini line
- Shoulders, neck & back (for men)
- Facial hair (for women)
The main factor which was causing skin burns in African American was the laser light energy. The ELOS switched some of the hair heating to Radio Waves which does not effect the skin tissue at all, and does not involve light energy. So they got the FDA approval for dark skin treatments:
Me my ELOS Skin Tone Chart
When less light energy is used to reach the same results the Me my ELOS is permitted to be used on skin tone No’ 5 + 6. For the first time ever African American with dark brown skin can do self treatments at home for permanent hair reduction.
- elos is the first and only technology that combines the power of both IPL (Intense Pulse Light) and RF (radio frequency energy).
me is the only device in the market offering you an all-in-one solution!: me epilator and me shaver.
Not only it’s safer for dark skin, its also FASTER completing a treatment, a full leg in 10 minutes when IPL or laser need 30-60 minutes. In fact ELOS can do a whole body in 30 minutes!
It’s less painful, and has more attachments for easier treatments like the Me shaver and the Me epilator. On top of this it comes with a 120,000 pulses of light, while the rest have 5000 flashes max, per cartridge.
Bought by thousands of customers around the world, used by the best dermatologists, for hair removal and esthetics.