Korean J Dermatol.  2013 Nov;51(11):845-850.

The Origin, Principles of Intense Pulsed Light and Its Proper Application in Clinical Practice

  • 1Department of Dermatology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.
  • 2S&U Dermatologic Clinic, Korea.
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Incheon St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Korea.
  • 4Department of Dermatology, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Korea.
  • 5Department of Dermatology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Korea.
  • 6Chois Skin Clinic, Korea.
  • 7Department of Dermatology, Korea University College of Medicine, Korea.
  • 8Seoul Crystal Skin Clinic, Korea.
  • 9Department of Dermatology, Seoul National University Boramae Hospital, Korea. genie79@snu.ac.kr


Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a high-intensity polychromatic incoherent light of a determined wavelength spectrum, fluence, and pulse duration. Clinicians can combine these variable factors of IPL for the purpose of selective destruction of target chromophores. Due to these properties, IPL has been widely used for numerous indications including hair removal and treatment of vascular or pigmented lesions. For skilled and experienced clinicians, IPL is a great treatment modality; however it can be a source of serious adverse effects when performed by untrained clinicians. Thus, to promote the proper and safe use of IPL, we summarized the origin, history, basic principles, and clinical application of IPL and discussed qualification factors needed for clinicians who use IPL.


Intense pulsed light (IPL); Proper and safe use; Qualification; Selective photothermolysis

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Hair Removal
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