Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are becoming widely recognized as an effective solution for those suffering from mild to moderate inflammatory acne. Besides clearing up pustules and active inflammation, IPL has the added benefit of improving the appearance of facial scarring, which is an unfortunate but common outcome of chronic acne. Read on to discover whether Intense Pulsed Light treatments may be right for you.
How IPL Treatments Work
During IPL treatments, short pulses of intense light are emitted from an applicator onto your skin. To treat acne, specific wavelengths of light target bacteria in the skin, as well as inflamed sebaceous glands that contribute to breakouts. IPL energy at various wavelengths is also used to selectively destroy pigment cells, blood-filled capillary veins, or hair, depending on the intended nature of your treatment.
When your skin absorbs the light energy, it heats up and you will experience a brief, pinprick sensation. A layer of chilled gel applied before treatment helps to ease the discomfort, and as each individual pulse of light can treat a generous area of skin, IPL treatments are generally quite short. A typical session ranges from 20 to 30 minutes, and most patients require between four and six sessions to achieve the desired results.
The Benefits of IPL for Acne Scars
Acne scarring can affect both the color and texture of the skin. Scars may appear as small dents in the skin’s surface or as raised scar tissue. In either case, scarring often creates uneven pigmentation in the form of redness or dark spots. Because Intense Pulsed Light can target pigment cells specifically, IPL treatments are effective for evening out discoloration, which dramatically reduces the visibility of acne scars and gives the appearance of a more uniform skin surface. IPLdoes not smooth out raised scars or decrease the depth of indented scars.
Why Choose IPL Treatments
Intense Pulsed Light treatments are a non-invasive, non-abrasive option for anyone who wishes to reduce the visibility of acne scars. The minimal discomfort involved in the procedure means that no anesthesia is required beyond a mild cooling gel. Side effects are rare, with redness in the treated area typically short-lived and a normal appearance restored within hours of the treatment.
Who Should Use IPL
Intense Pulsed Light treatments are recommended for anyone other than darker skinned individuals, as these people may experience hyperpigmentation from IPL, and people currently or recently treated with the medication Accutane. Pregnant women and photosensitive individuals should consult their physician before commencing treatment. For those who wish to improve the texture as well as the pigmentation of acne scars, IPL can be combined with a more intensive procedure, such as a glycolic acid peel, in order to achieve the desired outcome.
Whether you suffer from active inflammatory acne or only lingering scars, IPL treatment is a safe, non-surgical method for significantly improving the condition of your skin. If acne breakouts and scars are troubling you, treatment with Intense Pulsed Light could allow you to face the world with full confidence again.
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