People come in all kinds of skin tones and types. And when we’re talking about Indian skin, is there really one size that fits all?
Hardly! Indians come in a wide variety of skin tones, from quite pale to quite dark and everything in between.
But when we’re asking the best option for hair removal on Indian skin, we should also be factoring in the hair and eye color in relation to the skin, because this factor is important, too. Of special importance is the contrast between the skin and the hair we’re trying to remove.
The melanin factor
Melanin is what makes our skin able to tan. It’s also what gives us our skin tone. People with very pale skin have little melanin. That means they burn in the sun easily. When their hair and eyes are also pale, this effect is amplified.
The more melanin you have, the deeper your skin tone and the higher your skin’s resistance to burning. But melanin also affects the color of your hair. It creates pigment and pigment is what the lasers used in laser hair removal target.
The evolution of lasers
Cosmetic laser therapies for hair removal came on the scene in 1998, when they were first approved for use for the purposes of hair removal by the FDA.
Early lasers were not available for use on darker skin tones. Because of the melanin factor, they were only suitable for use on pale skin. Because these lasers were not as sophisticated as the ones we now use, there was the danger of damaging darker skin.
But today, aesthetics professionals have access to lasers which are calibrated for hair removal on a wider variety of skin tones, which makes it available to those whose skin is deeper in color.
Enter the Nd:YAG laser
The Nd:YAG laser is the latest development in the world of laser hair removal. Because the frequency of the wavelength employed by the laser is much higher, this technology is suitable for all skin types. The laser bypasses the skin and goes straight for the follicle. And it’s the removal of the follicle which makes laser hair removal effective.
By killing the follicle, the hair is eliminated. The Nd:YAG laser is attracted to the more intense concentration of melanin in the follicle, beneath the skin, making it safe to use on all skin pigments and skin/hair pigment combinations.
Perfect for use on all tones of Indian skin, the Nd:YAG option is completely safe, eliminating the dangers of earlier lasers for those with more intense skin pigmentation. The potential for hyperpigmentation (dark spots) and hypopigmentation (light spots) is eliminated, as is the potential for burning and scarring.
Ethos Spa, Skin & Laser Center
Laser hair removal should only be practiced by an experienced, licensed professional. When you come to Ethos Spa, you’ll encounter the highest level of professionalism available in our doctor-directed spa ambience.
We’re medical professionals who practice leading edge aesthetics.
Contact us to schedule a consultation about laser hair removal.