Common Questions about IPL / Laser Acne Treatment
How does Intense Pulsed Light Work?
The light emitted from the Intense Pulsed Light system directly targets overactive sebaceous glands, greatly reducing the total number and severity of active lesions, and lessening the inflammation and occurrence of break-outs. The light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne breakouts.
How is the Acne Treatment carried out?
A layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin to help guide the light. The light guide is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is passed over the skin several times before moving onto the neighbouring area, and the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. Each pulse of light treats a large area of skin and so the duration of the treatment is very short. The gel is removed and the skin is moisturised. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.
Am I suitable for Acne Treatment?
Almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. If you are pregnant or taking certain prescription acne medication it is best not to undergo laser or Intense Pulsed Light treatment. Please enquire for more details.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar to the flick of an elastic band.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Immediately after treatment the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. Typically the skin is cooled to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is applied.
Are there any side effects?
The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment but this usually disappears within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
How long does treatment take?
A typical treatment session is approximately 30 minutes.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person, but typically 6 Intense Pulsed Light and 6 exfoliating treatments will result in a significant improvement.
Aftercare for IPL & Laser Treatment of Acne
After undergoing IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or laser treatment for acne, proper aftercare helps achieve the best results.
- Sun Protection: Shield your treated skin from sun exposure for at least a week after treatment. UV rays can increase skin sensitivity and potentially cause pigmentation changes. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
- Avoid Heat: Steer clear of hot baths, saunas, and vigorous exercise for a couple of days post-treatment. Heat can exacerbate inflammation and redness.
- Gentle Cleansing: Use a mild, non-abrasive cleanser to cleanse your face. Avoid harsh scrubs and exfoliants that might irritate your skin.
- Moisturize: Apply a soothing, non-medicated moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and minimize dryness or peeling.
- Skip Makeup: Refrain from applying makeup for the first 24 to 48 hours after treatment. Let your skin breathe and recover.
- Avoid Active Ingredients including other acne treatments containing active ingredients: Avoid using retinoids, glycolic acid, and other active ingredients for a few days post-treatment to prevent additional irritation.
- Hydrate and Nourish: Drink plenty of water and consume a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants to support skin healing from within. This can also help reduce acne reoccurrence.
- Hands Off: Avoid touching or picking at the treated areas. This can introduce bacteria and hinder the healing process.
These aftercare tips, you can enhance the benefits of your IPL or laser acne treatment. Results can vary. Never hesitate to get back in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns – we want to ensure that you to get the very best results from our acne treatments.