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Can an IPL Laser Treatment Heal Acne?


Acne is a complex inflammatory condition caused by an overproduction of sebum- the oily substance that moisturizes your skin. Acne can be famously frustrating and unresponsive to a variety of treatment options.

One of the newest treatment options is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), which uses pulses of light to treat the skin. These pulses help destroy sebum-filled pimples and reduce inflammation and redness around them. If you’re interested in trying IPL, here are some things to consider before booking an appointment.

What is an IPL Laser Treatment?

IPL laser treatment works by targeting the sebum glands in your skin to slow down or stop sebum production, causing a reduction in breakouts, inflammation and pigmentation. It’s one of the most advanced and effective technologies available.

How Does IPL Work?

IPL works by using a focused light beam to destroy sebum-filled pimples and reduce inflammation around them. The light is delivered deep inside the skin, where it can target acne-causing bacteria and cause them to heat up and die.

Can IPL Laser Treatment be Used for Treating Acne Scarring?

IPL is an excellent treatment option for acne scars. Because it works deep within the skin, it doesn’t damage the top layer of tissue like other treatments. Plus, it can be used to treat scars deeper than 4 millimeters and in cases where the spot is hard to reach.

Benefits of IPL Laser Treatment

IPL is a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t require any downtime or surgery. It’s also a safe and effective treatment option, suitable for most adults. It can be used to treat multiple areas at once, and treatments typically last around 15-30 minutes per area. There are no side effects associated with IPL laser treatment for acne scarring.

Who Can Benefit From an IPL Laser Treatment?

People who might benefit from IPL treatment include those with moderate to severe acne and those who don’t respond well to other treatment methods. IPL is also an excellent option for other types of pigmentation like moles, visible veins, or rosacea.

What are the Side Effects of IPL?

It’s normal to experience redness and sensitivity around the treatment area. This usually subsides within a few days of treatment.

How Long Does it Take to Heal from IPL Laser Treatment?

The skin will gradually begin to heal after your IPL laser treatment. The amount of time it takes for your skin to recover depends on the area treated, how deeply it was treated, and how well you follow your laser technician’s instructions. You can generally return to your normal schedule after treatment, however.

Schedule a Consultation

IPL is a great option for acne. To learn more about your options, contact MDSkin Lounge by calling or filling out our online form.


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