Infrared thermography as control of handheld IPL device for home-use

J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2018 Oct;20(5):269-277. doi: 10.1080/14764172.2017.1406607. Epub 2018 Feb 5.


Infrared thermography as contactless method for determining the temperature distribution on the surface is used for analyzing the impact of intense pulsed light hair removal device (IPL) on the skin. Depth of light penetration depending of wavelength is described as well as absorption curves and IPL impulse shapes. Energy balance and IPL impulse influence on the skin is analyzed. Melanin temperature rise by different fluence operation and temperature distribution in the modeled hair is used in order to determine overall skin temperature rise. Estimated energy balance provided by mathematical model has been confirmed with experimental results. Performed measurements, beside determination of the right emissivity, required the identification of most significant parameter in the process which proved to be the skin reference temperature and real temperature rise. Practical IPL application with detailed body temperature analysis is comprehensively described and thermal imaging interpretation problem and determination of the temperature rise is observed.

Keywords: Energy influence; IPL; hair removal temperature; infrared thermography.

MeSH terms

  • Hair / radiation effects*
  • Hair Removal*
  • Humans
  • Infrared Rays
  • Intense Pulsed Light Therapy*
  • Melanins / radiation effects
  • Self Care
  • Skin Temperature*
  • Thermography / methods*


  • Melanins