As you probably know:
Home laser hair removal can be easily done at a fraction of the cost of in-clinic laser treatments.
But when it comes to your face, you don’t want to take any risks, right?
So, is laser FACIAL hair removal at home SAFE?
Are all home laser hair removal devices safe to use on your face?
You’ll find well-researched answers right here, right now.
What is Laser Facial Hair Removal?
Home laser hair removal devices use Diode lasers to produce a single spectrum of highly concentrated pure light in one single red and infrared color and wavelength.
As you continue your home treatments, the hair follicles gradually stop regrowing new facial hair and you’ll enjoy smooth, hairless facial skin.
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✅ The benefits of facial laser hair elimination at home include:
- Money saving – much less costly than in-clinic treatments
- Time-saving – you can use your device whenever you want to, and where ever you want to. No driving back and forth to clinics.
- Laser treatments are usually painless. It feels like a small flick, and less painful than plucking, tweezing or waxing your hair.
- It prevents laser bumps and irritation
- Using an FDA cleared device will ensure safety
Laser vs. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for Facial Hair Removal
You may have heard there are 2 technologies to remove hair permanently:
Laser, and IPL.
So, what’s the difference between them and what’s better for facial hair extraction?
Well, IPL hair removal devices provide a broad spectrum of colors and wavelengths, just a like a high-power light bulb.
As opposed to lasers, the light is not focused into a concentrated beam. This means that the different wavelengths are dispersed at different levels of depths, and the diffused energy does not only target the melanin in the hair follicle, but also the surrounding skin.
👉 Why is this difference important?
Because when the light targets the entire skin in the treatment area, all the skin is heated – not just the hair follicle.
This is why we don’t recommend IPL hair removal for people with dark skin (more melanin in the skin), and people with hyperpigmentation.
Through our research, we found that laser is the optimal hair removal technology for people with all skin tones and skin types.
- Because it’s more precise
- You’ll get quicker results
- Often fewer sessions are required.
Is it safe for everyone?
Keep reading below.
Is it Safe to Do Laser Facial Hair Removal at Home?
Generally, laser facial hair removal at home is safe for people with all skin tones and types.
Studies have shown that no LONG-TERM side effects occur after 24-month treatment, including no complications, infections or scarring.
Short term side effects were observed, especially for people with tanned skin or in Fitzpatrick skin photo types III and higher.
These side effects include some pain, redness, irritation, itching or feeling tender.
👉 They normally last no more than a day and can be treated by moisturizing the skin, applying Aloe-Vera or honey and using sunscreen before and after your home treatment.
(Also, it’s important to not scratch your skin and keeping it clean to prevent infection.)
Is Laser Facial Hair Removal Safe for Dark Skin?
As you read above, darker skin tones are more prone to side effects, due to the high amount of melanin in the skin.
That’s why it’s important to choose a home laser hair removal device that is safe for darker skin tones.
We’ve researched and found the only 3 safe and effective laser hair removal machines for dark skin – click the link to see them.
Does laser facial hair removal HURT?
The honest answer is – it depends.
👉 In some devices, like the popular Tria Beauty laser 4x, users can control the intensity of the diode laser.
On higher settings, some users may feel the sensation of a rubber band snapping against the skin or a warm pricking feeling, while others report no sensation at all.
Like we said earlier, you may experience mild pain after the treatment, depending on your skin sensitivity and intensity of treatment.
How to Use a Home Laser Hair Removal Machine – for Facial Hair
Do not use a home device on your scalp or eyebrows. It’s safe to use below the cheek line (like the upper lip, chin, cheeks) but should not be used in proximity to your eyes.
Because the glare from the light energy can hurt your eyes.
📢 This is why you should always use eye protection (like this one) whenever you are removing hair on your face with a laser device.
Also, remember to never look directly at the light source.
👉 Treatment time – use your home device as instructed in the manual. Don’t overdo it to avoid side effects.
The 2 Best Home Laser Hair Removal Devices (Safe for Face & Body)
Always use an FDA cleared device that fits your skin tone, to enjoy the safest and most effective laser facial hair removal at home.
To save you a lot of time and possibly some side effects, we’ve researched and found the 2 best and safest ones, you’ll see them below.
Remember, these devices are obviously good for removing hair all over your body – not just your face.
1. Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X
The Tria Laser 4X is one of the most popular home laser hair removal devices on the market.
👉 It is FDA cleared, clinically tested and we found it safe and effective for permanently removing hair on your face and your body.
According to user reviews on Amazon, the Tria Beauty is very effective for facial hair, even dark coarse hair.
Here’s another great feature:
The Tria comes with a skin sensor. You put it next to the body/facial area you want to treat, and If it’s safe for you, the machine beeps and unlocks. Otherwise, the Tria stays locked and you won’t be allowed to use it.
Hair color – fits people with hair color light brown to black facial and body hair.
Skin tones – I – IV (1-4)
Treatment time – once every 2 weeks
The kit comes with a LED display to guide you through your treatment, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for 30 minutes, and a calming gel with plant root extracts.
✅ Price – it doesn’t come cheap, but it is sure to save you thousands of dollars for in-clinic treatments. Check today’s price HERE.
Here’s how to use the Tria 4X:
2. Remington iLIGHT Ultra Face & Body At-Home IPL Hair Removal System
Yes, the Remington iLIGHT is an IPL hair removal device, but this FDA cleared machine is specially designed to be safe for facial skin as well, including sideburns, cheeks, above the lips, and even the neck area.
👉 It comes with 2 different treatments caps – one for the face and one for the body.
The main benefit is the fewer treatments you’re likely to need. This powerful device works faster and better, which means you’ll need fewer treatments and the risk for side effects is thus smaller.
(The kit also comes with skin tone tester, to make sure your skin is compatible with it)
The company claims that you’ll achieve a 94% hair reduction in just 3 treatments, and inside the Amazon review section we found a user that has reported a huge decrease in new hair growth – after only 2 treatments.
The device includes 65000 flashes, so you’ll be able to use it for years – if needed.
Skin Tone – I-V (1-5)
Hair color – medium brown to black
✅ Price – this one costs less than the Tria, check today’s price HERE.
Through our research, including clinical studies and hundreds of user testimonials, laser facial hair removal at home is safe for most people, including people with dark skin – when using the right home devices.
We recommend using one of the 2 devices we reviewed above, following instructions carefully, using eye protection and calming gel/ice after each treatment – to avoid short-term side effects that feel like a sunburn.
These devices are great for removing unwanted hair anywhere on your body, including your face, bikini line, and neck.
If you have any questions, feel free to use the comment section or to message us directly on our Facebook page.
To your health and happiness,