IPL the Long Term Acne Fix!

If you are reading this you most likely have struggles with acne as so many of us do. There are so many products, treatments and diet suggestions that promise results but often give no or short lived results.

We all experience acne at one point or another, typically in our teen and young adult years, and for most of us, these acne issues go away. But some of us are left with acne problems that last much longer than we would like, leaving us to deal with anywhere from mild to severe acne conditions that can bother us for years.

A knowledgeable esthetician can analyze your skin and give appropriate treatment suggestions for your areas of concern. At Ageless Medi Aestheitcs one of these recommended treatments that is appropriate for all types of acne suffers is Acne IPL. This treatment is best at targeting the causes of acne under the skin while keeping the top layer of the skin completely safe and has long term results.

Understanding How IPL Photofacial Works

The science behind light-based treatments is simple, although most patients may find it confusing the first time. IPL photofacial utilizes the body’s natural healing processes to create significant changes to the targeted area.

The laser technology emits quick pulses of intense light to the targeted area. IPL is the preferred type of photofacial because it uses a broad-spectrum light source, making it an applicable treatment for a variety of skin problems, including acne, age spots, rosacea, acne scars, and more.

Unlike the typical laser procedure which utilizes just a single light wavelength, IPL treatment releases a set of different pulsed light wavelengths, similar to the flash of a photo. This makes the pulses less focused and more scattered than what you would achieve with typical laser devices. Scattered intense pulsed light can penetrate to deeper layers of the skin beneath acne and fine lines without causing damage to the top layer.

When the pulses touch the skin, the energy is absorbed by pigment cells and turns into heat. This heat beneath the surface of the skin can destroy spots, freckles, hair follicles, and the bacteria that may be causing the patient’s acne. While IPL can be used on any part of the body, it isn’t recommended on uneven areas such as knees.

Is IPL Photofacial a Good Treatment for Acne?

If you have acne and you are looking for the best solution to get rid of it, then IPL photofacial is the solution you need. More and more doctors are recommending IPL photofacials for patients with severe acne or acne scarring, as well as other conditions like sun spots and age spots (through targeting blood vessels), and fine lines.

With just a few sessions, IPL treatments can clear up even the most extreme cases of facial acne and/or acne scarring. With alternatives like oral antibiotics that can be harmful to some patients, IPL therapy is a safe and easy option for acne removal.

When dealing with acne, IPL photofacials treatments generally utilize three filters or wavelengths: 420 nm or blue light, 560 nm of yellow light, and 590 nm of red light. These three filters provide their own properties:

  • 420 nm (blue light): Destroying certain acne bacteria
  • 560 nm (yellow light): Tending swollen acne lesions
  • 590 nm (red light): Paralyzing overactive oil glands in the skin

What is the Typical IPL Laser Treatment for Acne?

The exact treatment needed will depend on the severity of the patient’s acne condition. The typical skin treatment course should be about 4-10 sessions, each session a few weeks apart or during an active breakout. Sessions can last anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.

Each treatment begins with a protective cooling gel being applied to the targeted area. This will help keep the top layer of the skin safe from the heat without preventing the IPL flashes from penetrating the skin. The treatment is comfortable for client as it is not painful. At most the client feels a warming sensation.

Healing and Recovery: How Long Does IPL Take to Heal?

A great advantage of IPL treatment is that it causes minimal damage to the top layer of the skin, meaning healing and recovery is quicker than with other types of skin and acne treatments. You can have your treatment done overyour lunch hour and go back to the office afterwards without anyone knowing you have just had a procedure.

Patients can expect to see some improvements after their first treatment, but full results won’t start to become visible until after the first few treatments are done and they are several weeks into their treatments. To maximize your recovery, follow the following tips:

  • Use lotion to moisturize the skin daily
  • Wash the face a couple times a day with cleanser
  • If the skin is in pain, don’t apply makeup
  • Always use sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 if you plan to go outside to avoid sun damage, as sun damage is very harmful to the skin

IPL Photofacial Acne Treatment

At our clinic acne is one of the most common skin care problems that first-time clients seek to treat. We have treated countless clients with acne problems, from mild to severe cases, and we recommend IPL photofacial acne treatment for clients looking for an easy yet effective long term solution.

With IPL photofacial treatments, your acne, sun spots, and other skin conditions can be significantly reduced in just a matter of weeks. Schedule your appointment today!

By combining laser energy and bi-polar RF, the Syneron AC handpiece selectively targets the sebaceous glands (oil glands) and acne bacteria. The RF energy works by reducing the activity of the oil glands while blue light simultaneously kills the Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), which is the causative agent of acne. On the other hand, the laser energy heats the area while the integrated contact cooling protects against thermal injury. Once the required temperature is achieved, the production of collagen in the target area significantly increases. Since 80%-90% of patients suffering from acne scars have scars caused by loss of collagen, this innovative laser technique restores collagen levels in the area. As a result, the process of skin cell renewal speeds up. Over time, the appearance of the scar tissue dramatically improves as new healthy cells migrate in the area. With additional treatments, patients can achieve smoother, radiant, and younger-looking skin.