Faced with the popularization of pulsed light hair removal, ANSES recalls the secondary and serious effects of this practice
The National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) recently alarmed on the dangers ofpulsed light hair removal. The latter causes, in fact, a large number of undesirable effects on people using this method of hair removal: burns, blisters, eye damage, etc. In a new publication, ANSES recommends “ to include these devices in an appropriate regulatory framework In order to prevent these risks and protect users.
Permanent hair removal dangerous for health
Since the mid-2000s, ANSES explains that the use of intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal devices have grown significantly. This process aims to destroy the hair and the hair bulb by thermal effect. ” The light emitted by the device targets the melanin present in the hair follicle, determining the color of the hair, while minimizing as much as possible the energy deposited in nearby tissues (the skin) to avoid burns “. However, the problem lies in the fact that the quantities of energy deposited depend on the characteristics of the device, but also on those of the person shaved.
ANSES thus emphasizes that the use of these devices can prove to be dangerous for health, mainly in minors, with pain, erythema, burning sensations, etc. or even blisters and scabs. In addition, this practice can also have more serious health effects such as pigmentation disorders and eye damage if misused. It can also lead to delayed diagnosis of the skin since IPL can distort the color of precancerous lesions.
For the safety of users, ANSES recommends wearing protective glasses during pulsed light hair removal, not to epilate areas close to the eyes, not to use anesthetic and to space out the sessions. at least a month. In addition, the agency advises against this practice in people under 15 years old, pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with a skin disease, a skin abnormality, an unsuitable skin color or hair (depigmented hair, people with albinism). …) Or who are taking a photosensitizing and anticoagulant treatment.