Epil Pen by Pearl marketed by Telebrands is a hair-removing tool that claims to use advanced electro-current technology to permanently destroy and remove unwanted hair. They promise Epil Pen is completely painless, doesn’t pinch, and is gentle enough to use on eyebrows, upper lip, and more.
How Epil Pen Works
Epil Pen claims to be an electrolysis system for painless hair removal that uses the same electric currents to destroy hairs that beauticians do but is much less expensive. However, electrolysis is a procedure that involves a fine needle injected beneath the surface of the skin that releases an electric charge, which leads to its permanent destruction.
Epil Pen claims it uses no needles: it states it has an easy-roll tip that glides over the skin and reaches every hair. To use it they instruct you to press against the skin and glide. They add there is an LED light that glows to let you know it’s in contact with the skin.
When you’re done, run your palms across the treated area – Epil Pen claims it will be completely and permanently hair-free.
Epil Pen Cost:
$29.98 (listed as $19.99 plus $9.99 shipping) and includes 2 roller tips, pre-treatment cleaner and conductive gel.
Epil Pen comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, but you must include a “detailed explanation” with your return or they could refuse it.
Bottom Line: Is Epil Pen a Good Idea?
Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved method of permanently removing hair (even though it may not completely remove hair on everyone).
But Epil Pen is not an electrolysis machine according to the established definition; these devices have a needle that punctures the skin and must be registered with the FDA and Epil Pen is not listed in their medical device database.
Telebrands may be using the word electrolysis as a marketing tool. If it isn’t a true electrolysis machine, by law they are not allowed to use the words “permanent removal” like they do. If it is an electrolysis machine, it appears to not have FDA clearance.
Many professionals recommend getting treated by a licensed professional as the needle can cause infections and the electricity can cause burns and swelling. Consumer versions use a much lower voltage and many think they simply don’t work.
There are no specific reviews of Epil Pen as the product appears to still be new as of this writing in June 2015. Telebrands, however, has been around for 30 years and currently has a C- from the BBB for 1232 complaints in 3 years. The rating plunged from an A to an F in 2014 when New Jersey filed a lawsuit for violating the state’s Consumer Fraud Act. Telebrands denies these claims and their rating appears to be on the upswing.
If you are interested in learning more about the different methods of hair removal we suggest first reading this article from about: health. Basically speaking, none are completely permanent and involve various levels of commitment of both time and money.
And let us know your experience with Epil Pen below!