What is Intense Pulse Light Therapy

What is IPL?

What is IPL?
What is IPL?

This article examines Intense Pulse Light treatment, frequently abbreviated as IPL, a relatively new treatment to help with various skin conditions. This article will help you understand what IPL is and if the treatment could be beneficial to your skin.

So what is Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?

The treatment is sometimes referred to as photorejuvenation because it delivers light and heat to the deep layers of the skin while leaving the top layers untouched. The light and heat acts on the skin cells in a number of ways which can help repair the appearance of your skin.

The IPL technology supplies a broad spectrum of light that reaches deep down to the collagen level of the skin to produce remarkable results. The therapeutic light energy is transformed to heat energy. That means that damaged tissue can be targeted by the heat of the intense pulse light and previously damaged skin cells can be broken apart. Once broken apart the skin cells are absorbed by the surrounding tissue and the appearance of the surface skin is greatly improved.

When you go in for an intense pulse light treatment, firstly a protective gel is applied to the area of skin that is going to be treated. The IPL device is placed on your skin and the light begins to pulse as the treatment is applied. You might feel a tiny sting during the treatment, but many people report that they don’t even notice any kind of feeling during the procedure. After the treatment some people find their face will be flushed, but after a couple of days the skin calms down. People usually have multiple IPL treatments until they receive the results they are after. Treatments vary in length of between 25 minutes and 45 minutes depending on where you go and the extent of your treatment.

So what skin conditions can intense pulse light treat? IPL can be used to fix a large number of skin conditions and more uses are being discovered every year. Firstly, it can be very effective at treating sun damaged skin. After years of exposure to ultra violet rays from the sun, most people suffer some damage to the collagen in their skin. That results in poor complexion, mottled pigmentation, sun spots and freckles on the skin. IPL is fantastic at removing this kind of sun damage, so if you were over exposed to the sun previously, IPL is a great solution for repairing some of that damage.

IPL can also be used on other kinds of marks on the skin, like stubborn red and brown spots which most people have as they age. It generally works well at evening out your overall complexion, so if you have splotches of pigmentation or old acne scares that won’t go away it will work very well on those. IPL can also be very effective at addressing broken veins and capilliaries on the face.

Finally, IPL is a fantastic treatment for the skin condition rosacea. Rosacea causes a red flushing of the face which is caused by dilation of the blood vessels. Rosacea can also cause unsightly pustules on the skin which have the same appearance as rosacea and can eventually cause scarring and numerous broken veins and capillaries on the face. IPL can address all of the issues around rosacea, making it an essential solution for rosacea sufferers.

Because the IPL treatment is fairly quick, it’s perfect for people who want to quickly address issues with their skin, be it from aging, over exposure to the sun or a skin ailment like rosacea.

IPL for Rosacea common myths!

IPL treatment for Rosacea
IPL treatment for Rosacea
IPL treatment for Rosacea

IPL treatments for rosaca have been so popular in recent years that a lot of long term rosacea sufferers have been excited by the possibilities. However because they are so popular and discussed frequently, a lot of myths have spread about the actual procedure itself.

This article is designed to shut down some of those myths about IPL treatments for rosacea.

Myth: IPL for Rosacea will cure my rosacea forever!

Unfortunately, no. The treatment can clear up the redness and thickening, that much is true, as well as clear up pustules on the skin. However rosacea is a chronic condition, meaning that there isn’t a cure and you may require additional IPL treatments in the future. It is also advisable to continue other courses of action to combat your rosacea, such as a good diet, medication and the right skincare products.

Myth: The IPL treatment for rosacea is very painful and can only work for some people.

No, the treatment is not very painful. There may be some mild discomfort during the procedure itself, but not enough to even warrant an aspirin. Laser treatments for rosacea have proven to be effective on all skin types and stages of rosacea.

Myth: IPL treatment for Rosacea is a new development in medical technology so can’t be trusted!

Doctors have been using IPL treatments for all kinds of skin types for about 30 years now. If anything, with the new machines it is safer than ever to get IPL done to help with your rosacea.

Myth: IPL rosacea treatment will fix me immediately!

In most cases you will need to have multiple trips to the clinic. Most rosacea sufferers see great results after 3-6 trips to the specialist. However that varies depending upon your skin type and the stage of rosacea you are experiencing. In fact your face may be redder after the IPL treatment. So don’t be disheartened when you first get it and see yourself redder in the mirror, that is only a temporary side effect.

Myth: Rosacea uses the same IPL treatment as acne

No, there are specialized settings and machines for rosacea. When you find a specialist, it is crucial to find one who has had experience treating rosacea. There are 2 common types of lasers used in the procedure and a beautician might not even have those settings on her machine. It is best to find a qualified dermatologist so you know you are getting the right treatment for certain.