IPL Acne Treatment for Active Acne and Scarring
You thought you would outgrow breakouts, but to acne, age is just a number. Acne most commonly affects teens, but some women never experience acne until their 30s. Even the hormonal swings of menopause can trigger pimples and studies have shown that acne is still an issue for half of all women ages 20 to 29 and a quarter of women ages 40 to 49.
Active acne can not only be painful; it can cause a drop in your self-confidence. Worse, when the active acne disappears, it can leave long-lasting scarring.
Beyond Over-the-Counter Treatments
Over-the-counter solutions may not be strong enough, and they can be drying to adult skin. Prescription drugs, whether topical or oral, can have unpleasant side effects. Your doctor may have to monitor your health during their use. Whether you have everyday acne or occasional flare-ups, IPL offers fast, effective and long-lasting treatment.
Intense Pulsed Light therapy, or IPL, has been proven effective in treating active acne. IPL also improves the appearance of acne scars and is customizable for each patient’s unique skin type and issues.
What is Acne?
Acne can show its face with a variety of different skin issues, including:
- Nodules - Large, solid lumps beneath the surface of the skin
- Cystic lesions - Pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin.
What Causes Acne?
A combination of factors that can contribute to acne, including:
- Excess oil production
- Oil and dead skin cells clogging pores and hair follicles
- Bacterial infection
- Hormonal changes, including excessive androgens
- Using oily lotions or other skin products
- Contact from hands, phones or helmets
- Underlying disease, such as polycystic ovary syndrome
Acne is most common among teenagers but can affect anyone at any age. Many women experience acne a few days each month caused by hormonal changes during their menstrual cycle.
What is IPL?
IPL uses light energy to target a certain color in your skin and utilizes customized wavelengths to address many skin issues, including acne and acne scarring. The light therapy goes beneath the surface of the skin – and breakouts – to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. For active breakouts, we often recommend IPL along with other treatments such as topical products.
What can I Expect During Treatment?
First, we thoroughly clean your skin and apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area. We then apply a specialized handpiece to the area that delivers customized wavelengths of light into the skin.
Each IPL acne treatment takes about 15-20 minutes. Patients may experience pain or discomfort as light pulses penetrate the skin. If you are experiencing pain, let us know! We want you to be as comfortable as possible.
Post Treatment Care
After treatment, you can use cold packs to alleviate any burning or stinging sensations. IPL acne treatment requires minimal downtime for most patients. We’ll go over your post-treatment care with you.
When Will I see Results?
Many patients see results immediately after treatment and achieve optimal results after three to five treatments.
Treatment for the Body
We use IPL most frequently to reduce facial acne. We can also treat larger acne-prone areas, such as the back and shoulders. Treatment length and frequency will vary from patient to patient depending on their goals.
So don’t cover up or put up with acne! Schedule your Harmony Healing consultation today, and we’ll assess your skin and recommend the most effective treatment. We want you to feel your confident, beautiful best!