Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

I am back to the hair removal topic again! Remember last time I talked about the waxing and IPL services that I did at Bubble Gum Wax? you can read the post here. I love their services and it's been nearly half year I am still one of their customers! Going back for waxing and IPL monthly, those parts that done by IPL is significantly reduced and very fine now. I do not shave nor use any hair removal thing on my body parts anymore, the hair takes longer time to grow and the hair is too fine to be noticed.

I am very happy with the result and would love to share more information on the IPL service for this post. Hopefully you guys could increase the awareness of hair removal methods. There are several hair removal methods in the market, such as Shaving, Tweezing, Chemical Depilatories, Epilating, Waxing and IPL – Intense Pulsed Light. Do you know any of it? 


- A sharp razor is glided over the skin and hair is shaved at the surface. 
- Most common and probably the most widely used.
- Simple, easy and convenient

- Only removes hair topically thus hair regrowth is rapid.
- Bumping can occur especially in sensitive areas like Bikini line area.
- Possibilities of getting pigmentation

- Method of hair removal used to remove undesired hair from eyebrows / under arm.
- Normally used to remove one or two undesirable hairs. 

- Time consuming for larger areas. 
- Tweezing too many hairs at a time increases the chance of breaking the hair below the skin’s surface and it will cause rapid regrowth and irritation from blunt.

Chemical Depilatories
- Available in the form of cream, paste or powder. The hair is removed when the depilatory solution is washed away from the skin’s barrier. 
- Used to remove hair from legs, bikini areas and under arms. 
- Fast and Easily accessible. 

- The skin becomes more irritated and sensitive. 
- The most common complaints about chemical depilatories are that they leave you the burning sensation. 


- Can be painful. 
- Can be difficult for large amount of hair. 
- If done improperly, it can result in ingrown hair

- In depilatory waxing, a thin layer of wax is applied, then pulled against the direction of the hair growth

- Quick, simple, convenient and affordable procedure.
- Ideal for any area of any size that need to be waxed.
- It can be used on sensitive and delicate areas.
- All the hair can be removed in one visit, from the top of the neck to the tip of the toes.
- Removes the right amount of dead skin, leaving the skin soft and smooth.
- It takes averagely 3 – 4 weeks for the hair to grow back before the procedure needs to be repeated.

IPL machine

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
- A specialized hand piece emits pulses of light into the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the follicles and converted to heat. The heat then loosens the hair and disables the cells responsible for growing new hair.


Concentrated pulses of light loosen the hair and disable the cells responsible for new hair growth. Most hair removed with Pulsed-Light will not grow back for month, while other hair may not grow back at all. Hair that does grow back may be thinner and lighter.

Unlike waxing, there is no need to let hair grow out between treatments. You can remain hair free all the time.

Small areas, such as the underarm or upper lip can be treated in 10 – 15 minutes and even larger areas, like Brazilian can be treated in 30  - 35 minutes.

There is less chance for scarring and pigmentation change. There is no risk of damaging surrounding tissues.


Frequent Asked Questions about IPL

What is IPL Hair Removal Technology?
- IPL hair removal procedure offers a gentle, non-invasive, long term solution to unwanted hair on the face, back, legs, bikini line, Brazilian and other areas.
- IPL Intense Pulsed Light is based on technology that has been performed safely for many years to treat unwanted hair of different colors.

How does IPL work?
- A specialized hand pieces emit pulses of light into the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the follicles and converted to heat. The heat then loosens the hair and disables the cells responsible for growing new hair.

How is IPL different from a laser?
- Pulsed light system and lasers are similar, but Pulsed Light Systems use a much larger treatment window than most lasers. This spreads light over a wider area of skin and allows faster coverage of the skin and quicker treatments and lower cost as a result.

What IPL treatment like?
- Trained therapists will move the hand piece over your skin, pulsing it all the while. Each pulse will send a beam of light through your skin. A flashing light, an audible tone, and a mild sensation on the skin will tell you when the hand piece is being pulsed.

What should you expect after treatment?
- The treatment hair will continue to appear for the 7-14 days. This is not new hair growth, but the treated hairs being expelled from the skin.
- At any given time, some of your hair is not in a phase of active growth. Therefore you will need more than one treatment to affect the growth of all your unwanted hair.
- Typically, several treatments will be necessary to achieve permanent hair reduction.

Why should I go for an IPL treatment instead of waxing, even if the hair condition is good?
- It is less painful compare to waxing
- Will greatly help to reduce ingrown hair problem.
- On long-term basis, it helps to save your money and time.
- Compare to waxing, the results will be faster, for example: Finer hair will be seen. It help to reduce the hair growth by about 75% - 80% and can last for about 2 years on average depending on individual.

How long do you need to wait before your next treatment?
- 3 to 4 weeks

How effective are IPL treatments? How many sessions are required to see results?
- Results of about 30% in hair reduction can be seen after the first treatment. 75% - 80% hair reduction after the 6th treatment. An average of 6 sessions is required.

How long will it take for the hair to drop off after an IPL treatment?
- 1 to 2 weeks

Do IPL treatments hurt?
- Customer can feel a mild sensation on the skin during the treatment.

Aftercare for IPL Treatment

No extensive sun exposure for at least 7 – 14 days after treatment. Sun block is strongly recommended.

Apply IPL cream once a day for at least 7 days after treatment (as and when if you feel itchy and dry, apply the cream on the treatment area. Please make sure the skin is clean and dry.)

IPL Cream is recommended to be stored in the refrigerator.

My pretty therapist, Joyce 

This is why I choose to go for waxing and IPL services in the end, IPL giving me an almost painless experience, especially I feel nothing when Joyce, my therapist is doing the underarm for me. Like what I said, it's important to choose a right therapist because it affects your emotions and also so the result. 

Guys can do it too!

One more great thing about Bubble Gum Wax is, they provide services for men as well! There're a lot of guys started to taking care of their body more than girls do. We girls dislike the hair on our bodies, so do the guys! Don't be shy to pay for a visit, you'll get addicted once you do it!

Don't tell me hair is sexy, 'cause hairless body is the hit now! Who wants the sexy and nice body now?

(Photo credit: online)

BBGW have different promotions every month, you can contact them directly instead or sms them at 0125420662.

For more information please visit their page.

Bubble Gum Wax - The Waxing Expert
F-1-7, Block F, Plaza Damas, 
No.60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, 
Sri Hartamas, KL, 
50450 Selangor, Malaysia
Tel:+603 6211 5038 
Operating hours :
Tuesday to Friday 11am - 8pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am - 6pm

Off: Monday

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