IPL is an ideal drug-free treatment for mild and moderate inflammatory acne, for which remarkable results are often achieved. Acne is usually caused by various factors such as hormonal imbalance, stress and food allergies. Ideally, the treatment should be combined with other methods such as microdermabrasion to deal with the underlying problem in order to clear the acne permanently.
This is a fantastic treatment for clearing an annoying spot or boil, especially before a big event where looking good is essential. In this instance it would be best to use the treatment a week before the special day. It is also suitable for anyone with permanent acne, as they will see many benefits from regular treatments.
The advanced IPL system filters light from a flash lamp in two targeted ways that ensure only light with the appropriate wavelength is allowed to reach the skin to prevent future acne breakouts. Haemoglobin, the red pigment in the blood, absorbs this light and heats up in the fine blood vessels that supply the sebaceous glands. This causes minor injury to the sebaceous glands, which decreases the overproduction of oil that leads to acne.
This solution to dealing with acne is easy and essentially painless, as any potentially harmful wavelengths are filtered out by our advanced IPL system.
IPL Acne and Pigmentation Treatment
What is the IPL acne and pigmentation procedure?
Following an initial discussion with one of knowable members of staff to clearly establish your expectations, we will check your medical history with you to ensure there are no reasons for you not to have the treatment. We will ask you to sign a consent form to confirm that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with this treatment.
With your well-being in mind, we will always perform a patch test (an IPL treatment on a very small area of skin) prior to a full treatment, to rule out any sensitivities or adverse effects you may have in response to the treatment. Following this, we can then book a convenient time for you to return for your next and full session, normally within 48 hours.
Will IPL acne and pigmentation treatment hurt?
As no anaesthetic is required and individuals vary in their thresholds of pain, it is difficult to predict how much, if any, pain a particular client will feel when he or she receives the treatment. To date, patients have described a wide variety of sensations from a slight pinch to how skin feels after too much sun exposure.
What will my skin look like after IPL acne and pigmentation treatment?
Your skin may look slightly flushed. This mild ‘glow’ will usually disappear after 24 hours. In some rare cases some swelling or superficial bruising or crusting may occur whilst the skin is rejuvenating to reveal a brighter and fresher new you!
Can I have IPL acne and pigmentation treatment while my skin is tanned?
No. We prefer to treat the skin when it is closest to its natural colour. Any sun exposure should be avoided eight weeks prior to the treatments, and fake tanning should be avoided four weeks prior to treatment.
How many sessions of IPL acne and pigmentation treatments will be required?
This really depends on your skin condition. Improvement can be seen with every treatment, although a course of six treatments about four weeks apart generally gives the best results.
How do I take care of my skin following the IPL acne and pigmentation treatments?
Most patients will not require post-treatment care. You should, however, completely avoid sun exposure for up to a week and then use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 on the areas treated, as your skin will be extra sensitive for a few weeks following the treatment.
Please note that our IPL photo rejuvenation system is not suitable for all skin tones especially darker ones.