Q+A: I read in a magazine that IPL photo facials can help clear up cystic acne. Is this true?
Yes, it’s true. IPL (intense pulsed light) photo facials actually work wonders on any type of existing acne. Here’s why: IPL photo facials work by using a broad-spectrum light source that penetrates multiple layers of skin. This type of photo facial primarily targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) while leaving the top layers of skin (epidermis) unaffected. The heat generated from the light promotes healing of the skin within, treating a number of different dermatological issues.
A Light That Heals
IPL photo facials specifically designed to treat active acne release yellow, green and red light that is emitted in a series of short pulses. The yellow and green light destroys the P. bacteria that live in the skin and cause inflammation, while the red light directly targets the overactive sebaceous glands that cause outbreaks of pustules. This targeted heating deep in the skin causes shrinkage of the inflamed sebaceous glands and helps to prevent over-production of excess sebum. The light also stimulates collagen production to help reduce the appearance of acne scarring.
It’s basically an infection of the skin; large, fluid-filled cysts form layers under the surface of the skin and are often painful to the touch.
What is cystic acne? Cystic acne is the worst kind of acne there is – this particular breed leaves scars and needs to be treated correctly. Unlike standard zits, cystic acne is deeply embedded in the skin tissue, so it never actually comes to a poppable head. It’s basically an infection of the skin; large, fluid-filled cysts form layers under the surface of the skin and are often painful to the touch. Cystic acne can’t be treated as easily as typical surface acne, and that’s where IPL photo facials come into play.
A Straightforward Process
What can you expect from your first IPL photo facial? The treatment process itself is straightforward. Before the IPL treatment, a medical professional will apply a cold gel to the target area, and you’ll be required to wear protective eyewear. The treatment lasts around 20 minutes, during which a medical professional will gently apply the IPL handpiece to your skin so that healing light rays can be delivered to the skin’s surface using precise pulses. Most IPL procedures are virtually painless, but more sensitive people might experience mild discomfort – a feeling not unlike a rubber band being snapped against the skin. Photo facials typically require little to no recovery time. Following treatment, you can return to your normal activities. More intense IPL treatments, however, may produce sunburn-like symptoms for up to two weeks after the procedure.
You can expect outstanding results with IPL photo facials. But you must be diligent about scheduling treatment sessions. IPL photo facial treatments call for five treatment sessions spaced three weeks apart to obtain desired results. In some cases, those results can be seen after only the first treatment! And skin continues to improve with each successive treatment.
Shine Again With LaserAway
Hate your acne? The come to LaserAway. LaserAway is proud to offer the most medical spa service options of any national skincare provider. LaserAway hires the most highly-trained staff experienced and certified in administering laser and other dermatological procedures. What’s more, LaserAway uses the most innovative techniques and cutting-edge laser technology. LaserAway aims to make your photo facial experience comfortable, enjoyable and satisfying. If you want to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, please email the LaserAway staff at LaserAway.com or call us at (888) 965-2737. LaserAway looks forward to uncovering a new, more radiant you.