homedics duo PERMANENT HAIR REDUCTION + FACIAL SKIN REJUVENATION
duo is a home-use device for the permanent reduction of hair growth based on Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and advanced Fluorescence technology (aFt) that is found in salons across the globe. It works below the skin's surface and does not involve any cutting or pulling, reducing hair growth with minimal pain.
duo gives you the power to fight unwanted hair growth delivering long term results for perfectly smooth skin. the combination of both Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and advanced Fluorescence technology (aFt) in a single device provide highly flexible treatments that can be tailored perfectly to different parts of the body and to different skin tones. Choose between Freeglide aFt which delivers up to 1 pulse per second for fast and easy treatments that are comfortable even on sensitive skin or single shot IPL treatments with the benefit of additional control when using higher power.
Please read all instructions and safety precautions carefully prior to use.
duo should ideally be used on the legs, underarms, bikini line, chest, stomach, arms and on the face below the cheek bones (not for use on the face by men).
do not use the device over mucous membranes i.e nose and ears.
do not use the device over piercing or any metal items such as earrings or jewellery.
do not use the device on tanned skin during 4 weeks after sun exposure (more than 15 minutes in direct sunlight without protection) as this can cause serious burns or skin injury.
avoid more than 15 minutes of direct sun exposure for at least 2 weeks post treatment. If recently treated skin is exposed to sunlight in this period of time, make sure to apply SPF 30 or higher sunscreens.
do a spot test on a small patch of skin in the intended treatment area, 48 hours prior to first use of the IPL (see spot test page 5).
do not use the device on naturally dark skin (see guide on box and inside back cover).
Keep out of children's reach.
the device is to be used for hair reduction purposes only. do not use it for any other purpose.
Use duo only according to the instructions for use.
When shouldn’t Duo be used?
Pregnant or nursing women must avoid the use of the device.
do not use the device if you have skin cancer or on areas at risk of malignancy.
do not use the device if you suffer from epilepsy.
do not use the device if you are/were under radiation therapy or chemotherapy within the past 3 months.
do not use the device if you have an active implant such as a pacemaker, insulin pumps, or similar devices.
do not use on damaged or broken skin or if you have a history of herpes or Psoriasis outbreak in the treatment area.
do not use if you suffer from kelodial scar formation.
do not use if you have taken tetracycline antibiotics within the last two weeks.
do not use if you have been taking medication with the following active ingredients within the last two weeks: retinoids, accutane and retin-a.
do not use the device if you are photosensitive or have other diseases related to light sensitivity.
do not use if you suffer from metabolic conditions, such as diabetes.
do not use if you have had a skin peel or other skin resurfacing procedure within the last 6 – 8 weeks.
do not use the device if you were exposed to strong sunlight or an artificial tanning machine during the past 30 days.
do not use the device if you have dark spots such as large freckles, moles or blisters on the treatment area.
never use flammable liquids such as alcohol or acetone to clean the skin before using the device.
do not use the device on the face above the cheek line; around the eyes, eyebrows or eyelashes as this could cause serious eye damage.
do not use the device over mucous membranes as in the nose and ears
the device should not be used on tattoos, permanent make up and intimate body parts such as nipples, genitalia or around the anus.
If you see extreme redness of the skin, blistering, or burns stop use immediately!
do not look directly at the light coming from the applicator and the lamp cartridge.
do not use the device for any purpose other than hair reduction.
Use of the device may cause temporary skin colour changes.
do not apply continuous pulses (one after the other) with the applicator on any one spot on your skin during treatment. doing so causes extensive heat to build-up and may result in possible skin damage or scarring.
do not return to a previously treated spot until 10 seconds have passed. doing so causes extensive heat to build-up and may result in possible skin damage or scarring.
do not open or repair the device as it contains dangerous electrical components which may cause physical damage.
do not use the device with any additional accessories that are not part of its intended use.
always disconnect the power cord from the wall electrical outlet after use.
Note: complete power shutdown is achieved only when the power cord is unplugged.
do not use the device where it can come into contact with liquids (wet environment). this can cause electric shock.
If the device is dropped into liquid, unplug it immediately. do not remove the device from the liquid until unplugged – wait at least 2 minutes to remove. do not use the device again, contact the customer service centre.
do not use the device if any parts show signs of damage. this may result in injury.
always keep the device away from the hair of your head to avoid accidental burns.
always keep the device away from objects other than the skin while treating (e.g. clothes, brushes, wires, cords, laces, etc) to avoid accidents.
do not rinse any components of the device with any kind of liquid to avoid damaging the device.
Does AFT/IPL actually work?
yes, these technologies are proven to achieve long-term hair reduction results. the use of light energy has been well documented for over 17 years in professional journals and by well-respected institutions.
Which body areas can the device be used on?
the device is designed to remove hair everywhere below the cheek line with the most commonly treated areas being the legs, underarms, arms and bikini line. Men should not use the device for facial treatment.
Is the device safe for use?
the device has been tested and approved by dermatologists and physicians to meet the european safety standards for a home use device. this electronic device must be used according to the instructions for use and user precautions.
What effect does the device have on different coloured hair?
duo works best on dark hair or hair that contains more melanin. Brown and light brown hair will respond but typically will require more treatment sessions. red hair may show some response. White, grey or blond hair show limited response. nevertheless, some users have noted hair reduction after multiple treatment sessions.
Does it hurt to use the device?
Some users may experience discomfort (when dealing with thicker and darker hair) but this discomfort diminishes once the session is completed. When correctly used most users feel a slight mild stinging or/and heat sensation at the time of the pulse light similar to that of snapping an elastic band.
When are results from the device achieved?
results are not immediate, typically after two weeks many of the hairs in the treated area will simply fall out. as the hair grows in three different stages and only hairs in the active growth phase will be affected, multiple sessions are required to achieve the desired result. results are cumulative; as you continue your treatment programme you will notice less and less hair regrowth.
Will my hair grow back after a treatment?
It is not possible to successfully treat all hair follicles successfully in a single treatment. the results are cumulative and you will notice an improvement in the results the more treatments you complete. Successfully disabling hair follicles is dependent on the growth phase at the time of treatment, so a number of treatments over a period of time yield the most effective cumulative results. Follow the initial course of treatments until the end and top-up as often as necessary.
How long after sun exposure can the device be used?
It is recommended to wait four weeks after unprotected sun exposure. tanned skin contains more Melanin that can increase the risk for adverse effects.
Should I pull the hair out as part of or after the treatment sessions?
no. within 3 weeks the hair will naturally and gradually fall out. not all the hairs are affected by one treatment because of the hair growth cycle and multiple treatments are required to reach the desired result.
Is long term use of the device dangerous for my skin?
the use of light and laser energy has been well documented for over 17 years. no side-effects or damage from long term use has been reported during that time.
Can the device be used to remove facial hair such as chin hair?
yes, the device may be used below the cheek line, on the upper lip, cheek, jaw, chin and neck. do not use the device near your eyes! Men should not use the device for facial treatment.
Can men use the device?
yes, IPL/aFt is suitable for men; however men should not use the device for facial treatment. Male body hair, especially on the chest will generally require more hair reduction sessions.
When are results from the device achieved (skin rejuvenation)?
after the initial couple of treatments users will start to see an improvement in the appearance of wrinkles. results are cumulative, as you continue your treatment you will see better results