One of the most common questions I get is about laser hair removal for use at home.
First and foremost, almost every “home laser” should be avoided. Most do not work as claimed, and some are about as effective as the laser scanner at your local supermarket. Only use a device that has been cleared by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Even those cleared are not as powerful as lasers used at clinics and medspas. Home use lasers generally do not work as well as promised. I do not recommend home use lasers for the following groups:
- People with dark skin tones
- People wanting to treat blonde, red, gray, or white hair
- Men wanting to remove facial hair
- Transgender adults wanting to remove facial hair
- People who want to remove their own back or buttock hair
- People who want to remove coarse pubic hair
- People who want to remove eyebrow or ear hair
- People who want to remove hair on their genitals (scrotum, labia etc.)
Home lasers cleared by FDA
Silk’n Flash&Go (power level is about 3-5 Joules/cm2)
TRIA Beauty (power level is about 7-22 Joules/cm2)
Products to avoid
|Product name||Image||Reason to avoid|
|Epila||Does not work as claimed|
|LD2K QCW Diode Laser Hair Removal Economy Diode Laser||Does not work as claimed|
|LD4K QCW Diode Laser Professional Diode Laser Epilator||Does not work as claimed|
|LD120K QCW Diode Laser Epilator||Does not work as claimed|
|LD40K QCW Diode Laser Professional Diode Laser Epilator||Does not work as claimed|
|LD60K QCW Diode Laser Professional Diode Laser Epilator||Does not work as claimed|
|Quazar IPL320 Intense Pulsed Light Hair & Tattoo Remove||Does not work as claimed|
|Quazar IPL600 Intense Pulsed Light Hair & Tattoo Remove||Does not work as claimed|
|Viatek Hair Pro Laser Hair Removal||Does not work as claimed|
|Vector||Does not work as claimed|
Websites to avoid
These are all associated with the same disreputable manufacturer, Global Electrolysis Supply:
eBay users to avoid
Do not buy any hair removal device on eBay unless you have done careful research. It is the service of choice for hair removal scam artists.
Another Global Electrolysis Supply front company.
More on eBay hair removal scams.