Is IPL6000 Remington iLIGHT Pro Safe For Dark Skin

IPL6000 Remington iLIGHT Pro Skin Tone Safety

One of the best selling home systems for hair removal is the IPL6000 Remington iLIGHT Pro. There are several models which are similar by their safety measures and differ by the capacity of the IPL flashes inside the system’s lamp.

Unlike other home IPL systems, the IPL6000 Remington iLIGHT Pro has a safety loophole worth to know.

As you may know, laser and IPL hair removal are not approved on dark skin. The reason for this is that when dark pigment gets intense light energy it heats. If this happens in the hair, well, great! That’s the whole idea of the IPL technology..

But if the dark pigment is mostly in the skin cells. As common for African, Hispanic, Latin, Indian or tanned skin types. The intense flash of light will cause instant heating of the skin!! Causing scarring, irritation, inflammation, or even skin burns.

For this reason, home hair removal systems for personal use, must have a skin tone sensor. The sensor detects the skin tone and if it is not too dark, will NOT allow the device to flash the IPL.

Philips Lumea Skin Color SensorFor some of the systems, the skin tone sensor, is placed just under the IPL treatment window.

As you can see in the image on the right, the Philips Lumea comfort IPL sensor, is under the IPL window. This means that if the applicator is placed on dark skin, the sensor will prevent the device from emitting the intense light flash.

The IPL6000 Remington iLIGHT Pro Safety Loophole

The IPL6000 Remington iLIGHT Pro has a skin tone sensor too. But the Remington sensor is located at the base unit and NOT near the IPL window. The user needs to place it’s finger or a skin test area on the sensor, to unlock the device before using it.

Remington IPL6000 USA IPL SafetyThis places the user in two risky situations.

First  – The main problem is that the palm or area of skin which is placed over the sensor, may be of a different tone than the area treated. A finger may have less pigment than the back of the hand. This means that unlocking the system may be unsafe for the treated area.

Second – If someone wants to “fool” the device they can easily do so. Just place skin with fair tone over the system and unlock it for further use. Though treating dark or tanned skin may be painful, when using anesthetics, the pain may be numbed, and long term side effects may occur!


The IPL6000 Remington iLIGHT Pro is a safe device to use. The problem is that it doesn’t prevent careless or unaware people from getting hurt. If you have a fair tone skin and dark hair you may get your IPL6000 Remington iLIGHT Pro from Amazon without any hesitations.

If you have tanned skin or if you have brown or black skin, then you should not buy this system. For your needs the ONLY system approved by FDA is the Me my ELOS hair remover. Do not try to fool or outsmart the Remington IPL, the result may be painful for you.