IPL Skin Treatment
Troubled by breakouts? IPL Skin Treatment could be for you.
Breakouts and acne affects teenager, young adults and older adults.
For the majority of people suffering from blemishes, it starts at puberty when the body starts to produce hormones known as ‘androgens’. Androgens are responsible for acne flare-ups associated with the menstrual cycle and on some occasions during pregnancy and even around the menopause age.
Androgens stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin which produce oil. The increase in oil combined with dead skin cells and bacteria on the skin’s surface causes blockage and creates the right environment for the bacteria to multiply.
The type of bacteria is nicknamed P.acne for short, and once they start multiplying they crease inflammation. In turn, the inflammation results in your immune system sending an army of white blood cells to attack. This is why blemishes can be red, swollen and painful.
IPL for acne breakouts works by reducing the P. acne, reducing its ‘food supply’ of oil and increasing the skin’s ability to heal itself thereby reducing the chance of scarring.
It is a great ‘occasional’ treatment for clearing up the odd annoying spot of the boil, or as a regular treatment if you suffer from regular breakouts.
The treatment has the sensation of a warm elastic band ‘flicking’ against the skin over the areas of congestion.
We treat full or half face, chest or upper back. A package can be put together for you if you would like more than one area treated at the same time.
Most skin types are suitable for this treatment unless your skin is dark or tanned. You will need to avoid the sun for a month prior to treatment.
IPL is not recommended during pregnancy or if you are taking acne medication such as Roaccutane.
This treatment requires a patch test to ensure that you are suitable for treatment. The patch test is also an ideal treatment for an individual blemish or breakout.
Response to treatment does vary from person to person.
The skin often looks immediately calmer after treatment, however in some cases it may look slightly more red for a while, but this generally only lasts a few hours.
You will need to keep the skin cool following treatment.
If you are having a course of treatments we recommend a frequency of every four to five weeks.