The easy way to reduce unwanted hair with lasting results for a smooth skin is with IPL. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, IPL light works by being absorbed in by the melanin in the hair, the light travels down the shaft of the hair into the bulb of the hair to destroy it.
Excess hair growth can be embarrassing or just plain inconvenient. Sometimes referred to as hirsutism, when females have excessive or thick hair growth, that can be caused by hormonal changes. It can also be a sign of PCOS, along with acne.
We call IPL Hair Removal semi-permanent, as there’s no way of permanently stopping hair growth, and after a course of hair removal with IPL with time some hair may reappear, this is usually after a few years, but varies person to person.
A course of six treatments gives best results, as your hair grows in cycles, so not every hair will be able to be treated in one session.
During the consultation, you will be offered a patch test if appropriate. We will discuss and recommend a treatment plan for you.
When will I start to notice results? Usually you will start to notice less hair growth a month or so after treatments starts.
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An ingrown hair is a common condition and although irritating, quite normal. It happens when the hair curls back, or grows sideways, into the skin, resulting in an inflamed, red, raised bump. It looks a bit like acne or a pimple and may even form like a boil or a sore. They can itch and often feel very tender and painful to touch. If you look closely, you’ll also see a small hair growing inside the bump.
There are multiple causes. Often a result of hair removal methods like waxing, tweezing or shaving, but they’re also more common in those with dense, coarse hair, and can occur from lack of exfoliation, wearing tight fabrics and, sometimes, hormonal imbalance. They can crop up anywhere you remove hair, from the face to the armpits, bikini line and legs and are particularly common after shaving but it’s not uncommon to find them elsewhere on the body, like the back, biceps, calves and the back of the neck.
*Laser hair removal: A course kills the hair follicle, meaning no hair growth and thus no ingrown. Hairs that do grow back between laser sessions will be finer and less likely to become ingrown. From £80 per session
*Be patient. There are no quick fixes. Ingrowing hairs won’t disappear overnight. Stop waxing, shaving or plucking until it goes away or starts to reduce in size. Never pick the spot and if inflamed, use a warm compress to open the follicle and ease the pain.
*Use an exfoliator such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid as these will break down sebum and dead cells, which cause obstruction to hair.
Try HSSC Rejuvenating Body Moisture £30 which contains glycolic acid and will leave your skin silky soft and smooth, whilst unblocking pores.
*If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, be diligent about exfoliating your skin regularly. Use a long-handled bristle brush in the shower and sweep the brush from the feet upward. Try doing it on dry skin for the best results but be gentle.
* In severe cases, ingrown hairs can become infected. See your doctor/pharmacist if an ingrown hair becomes very angry or pus filled.