IPL have taken over from the use of the harsh drugs that once seemed to be the only option. IPL have related to the beauty industry by allowing a beauty therapist to treat Acne on a higher level compared to the harsh drugs that were offered. These less aggressive treatments give more options for individuals who suffer from acne. The treatments are showing that you can have IPL without having any side effects such as the well-known acne drug “roacutane” that has shown many harsh side effects that not only effect the skin but the body.
Acne is a disease of the sebaceous gland of the skin. It is caused by clogged pores due, typically, to increased sebum production and the presence of bacteria. This leads to thickening or inflammation of the lining of the follicle, resulting in less severe acne known as blackheads and white heads to inflammatory papules and pustules, or to the most severe acne known as nodules and cysts which can lead to acne scaring. In more severe cases the conditions so created encourage the growth of bacteria called Propioni bacterum Acne, or commonly called as; P. Acne.
The light & heat energy that is produced by IPL system penetrates into the pore and induces the release of chemicals (free oxygen radicals), also stimulates porphyrin to eliminate P. acnes bacteria, as well as treat the sebaceous glands and coagulate the blood vessels of acne lesions.
In effect this destroys the P. Acne bacteria as it cannot thrive in the presence of free oxygen radicals. At the same time components of the light-heat beam exert anti-inflammatory effects that lead to faster healing of acne.
Typically 2 treatments are required every week for 6 weeks.
Discontinue sun tanning and the use of tanning beds and self-tanning creams, 4 weeks before and throughout the treatment course. Always use a SPF-30 sunscreen on all exposed treatment areas and re-apply every 2 hours. Wear protective hats and clothing. The treatment area should be free of makeup.
Treating acne takes a number of sessions and you should be willing to complete the full set of treatments.
We do not recommend to be treated if you are pregnant, or if you have been using photosensitive medications within past 4 weeks or patients on isotretinoin (e.g.: Acuttane) within the past 6 months.
A mild sunburn-like sensation is expected. This usually last 2-24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, which usually resolves in 2-3 days. In some cases, prolonged redness or blistering may occur.
Apply cold gel packs or cool wet cloths to the treatment areas for 15 min. every 2-4 hours if needed until symptoms subside.
Do not pick, scratch or remove scabs. This will prevent unwanted side effects.
Bath or shower as usual. Treated areas may be temperature sensitive. Cool showers or baths will offer relief.
Avoid aggressive scrubbing, until the treatment area has returned to its pre treatment condition. Avoid sun exposure to treated areas, as well as the use of sun tanning beds and self-tanning creams.
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