Acne is something that all of us experience at some point in our lives but for some people it can be much worse than others and continue for a long time. Treatments for acne include medication and chemical peels, but these target either the entire facial skin or lead to side effects for the whole body. IPL treatment is very effective for acne and can be much kinder to your body. But what is IPL treatment for acne and what are the benefits of this?
What is an IPL treatment for acne?
IPL stands for intense pulsed light, and this is a facial treatment that uses light waves to target and destroy particular cells. For example, our IPL hair removal treatment will target and remove hair follicles disrupting their growth, for permanent hair removal. For acne treatments, the bacteria causing the acne can be targeted and destroyed, and this type of treatment is also beneficial for cystic acne, as the cysts themselves can be targeted and destroyed.
How does IPL treatment work?
IPL treatment works by directing different wavelengths of light towards the target area. Unlike laser treatments, the IPL light waves are scattered which allows a larger area to be treated at once, and allows the light waves to penetrate deeper into the skin. Once the light waves have been absorbed by the skin, the light energy is converted to heat, which causes the destruction of spots, cysts and bacteria that can all be the cause of a client’s acne.
What are the advantages of IPL treatments for acne?
There are a number of advantages and benefits to choosing an ipl treatment for acne. These advantages include:
- Targeting acne directly
- Safer acne treatment
- No recovery time needed
Targeting acne directly with IPL treatments
When you opt for an IPL treatment for acne you can be sure that the acne itself will be targeted, not just large areas of the skin surface. The lightwaves can target acne deep within the skin and destroy this, without damaging the surface of the skin.
IPL offers a safer acne treatment
Medication is often prescribed for intense acne and cystic acne but this often has a range of side effects that can be detrimental to overall health. IPL treatment in contrast removes acne deep within the skin without causing any side effects or even any tissue damage.
IPL treatments do not need a recovery time
Because IPL treatments use scattered wavelengths of light the treatment itself is not described as painful and unlike other topical acne treatments there is no recovery time needed. While the treatment area may feel like mild sun burn after the treatment, this will only last between 4 and 6 hours. There may also be a small amount of redness or bruising although this should not be too disruptive.
Choose the Skin and Wellbeing Clinic for acne IPL treatments
Here at the Skin and Wellbeing Clinic we are Preston’s leading aesthetic practitioners and we offer professional IPL treatment options including IPL acne treatments. As registered nurses and qualified trained professionals we work with our clients as individuals to find the perfect solution for you. Why not get in touch today to find out how our IPL treatments can help?