Treating Acne using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
The light emitted from Ipulse helps to destroy the bacteria which causes acne by exciting the existing oxygen molcules and increasing the molecules power. These super powered molecules break down the bacteria that cause acne and create an atmosphere where it cannot breathe. By boosing the skin’s internal cleansing system in this way, Ipulse dramatically reduces acne and the occurrence and apperance of scarring, resulting in much clearer skin.
IPL is a recognised treatment for mild to moderate acne. It calms overactive grease glands and removes bacterial infection – particularly when used with specialist skin care.
How does IPL work?
A powerful beam of ordinary light is released as a single or series of short pulses. The light destroys bacteria and shrinks grease glands within the skin. Both are necessary to form acne spots.
How is the treatment carried out?
You will be asked to put on some goggles to protect your eyes. A layer of chilled gel is applied to the area to cool the skin during treatment. A pulse of light is delivered into the skin which last for less than a second. A feeling of warmth or skin pricking is felt with each pulse of light. About 50 pulses may be required to treat the whole face.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Dark-skin or sun-tanned skin (including fake tan) cannot be treated. All make-up must be removed. Certain skin or medical conditions, skin treatments and medicines may exclude a person from treatment. The beard area in men may suffer from permanent hair loss.
Is it safe?
The area is usually red immediately after treatment. This settles in a few hours. Blistering may occur if the light pulse is set too strong or if make-up is left on the, or if the skin is too dark or sun-tanned. This may lead to discoloration of the skin.
How long does each treatment last?
A treatment session can last about 15 minutes.
Glycolic acid peels, topical anti-acne prescription medications and photodynamic therapy can be combined with IPL to maximise results.
How many treatments are necessary?
Typically a course of six IPL treatments with each treatment every 2 weeks are needed. Glycolic acid peels can be done in the alternate weeks.
There are a variety of skin complaints that look like acne and types of acne that are not suitable for IPL. A consultation with a consultant dermatologists* is advised to correctly diagnose your problem, estimate the success of IPL for you and discuss a well as offer the full range of alternative medical treatments available.
Sun tanning after IPL treatment will delay further treatment until it has settled and may cause temporary skin darkening.
* Member of the Royal Collage of Physicians and Member of the British Association of Dermatologist
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