Intense Pulse Light, commonly abbreviated as IPL, is a relatively new technology which uses lasers to treat skin conditions such as Rosacea. It has become popular in the last few years as many rosacea sufferers have had success in reducing their redness through IPL treatments. As there is no cure for rosacea yet, most people are forced to seek ways to reduce the symptoms of the condition, IPL being one of the most successful.
The IPL laser produces a single wavelength of focused light (a laser beam) that can be used at different intensities for different effects. Anything from repairing damaged blood vessels (a common effect of rosacea) to hair removal and the removal of dark spots (pigmentation) on the skin. It can even be used for the removal of lasers, so it really is a machine of many uses.
Some patients have experienced remarkable success with the use of IPL to reduce the redness in their face, while others claim only moderate success. There are names on the various types of IPL treatment procedures and programs.
Focussing the laser on veins in the face can reduce their swelling and therefore the overall redness seen on a patients face.
One of the problems with rosacea is that people often see a sufferer as somehow unhealthy and perhaps a heavy drinker, when the condition can occur in the healthiest of individuals and there are only a few options they can use to reduce symptoms.
When doing an IPL program often there are skin care products that need to be used in conjunction with the treatment to obtain the best effects. One such product is Rosasol, which is used to reduce inflammation. Immediately after the treatment your face may be more flushed but that calms down fairly quickly and the end results are usually seen after 4-5 treatments.
IPL is also very useful for repairing sun damage including unsightly sun spots on the face. Many rosacea sufferers use the treatment to get sun damage on their face repaired at the same time as a general redness reduction.
However it should be noted that despite IPL being a very effective treatment of rosacea, it should be used in conjunction with other techniques such as – avoiding hot/cold temperature, avoiding alcohol, avoiding spicy foods, getting a healthy overall diet, drinking plenty of water and so on.