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Acne can be effectively treated with Intense Pulsed Light or in combination with other clinical treatments. IPL treatments greatly reduce the number and severity of active lesions, lessening the inflammation and frequency of break-outs.
How does Intense Pulsed Light work?
The filtered light emitted from the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system directly targets overactive sebaceous glands. It greatly reduces the total number and severity of the active lesions, and in turn lessens the inflammation and occurrence of breakouts. The IPL light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne breakouts.
How is the treatment carried out?
A thin layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin to help guide the light. The light guide is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is gently passed over the skin several times before moving onto the neighbouring area, and the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. Each pulse of light treats a large area of skin and so the duration of treatment is very short. The gel is removed and the skin is moisturised. During treatment, protective eye wear will be provided.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. If you are taking Roaccutane (an acne medication) or if you are pregnant it is best not to undergo laser or Intense Pulsed Light treatment.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar to the flick of an elastic band.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Immediately after treatment the targeted skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. The skin will be cooled after to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is applied.
Are there any side effects?
The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment but this usually fades within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
How long does each treatment take?
A typical treatment session is approximately 30 minutes.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments required varies from person to person, but typically 6 IPL and 6 exfoliating treatments will result in a significant improvement. To maximise results, IPL treatments should take place fortnightly with a glycolic acid peel or microdermabrasion treatment in between the IPL sessions.
Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide written consent and a small test patch will be carried out.
Prices from £45
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