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IPL feels a little like a rubber band snapping against the skin. A patch test is performed before the start of treatment and a number of treatments are normally required to achieve a satisfactory result. Goggles are worn to protect the eyes and then a layer of gel is applied to the skin, the IPL applicator is then applied and repeated pulses of light are shone onto the affected skin. Each pulse can cause a slight sting or burning sensation.
If pain relief is required then a local anaesthetic gel can be applied before the treatment to numb the skin. Following treatment, there may be some redness and swelling and occasionally blistering. As with all IPL treatments, there is a small risk of burning or pigmentation changes. People with very dark skin or deep tans cannot have IPL.
IPL is a recognised treatment for mild to moderate acne and rosacea. Both of these conditions involve overactive sebum production and bacterial infection and these are both calmed by the applications of IPL to the skin. The IPL light destroys bacteria and grease glands and reduces inflammation. It improves acne and rosacea, particularly when used in conjunction with specialist skin care.
IPL skin rejuvenation is a non-invasive treatment that can simultaneously treat a wide range of facial concerns both safely and effectively. The signs of photoageing such as thread veins, skin discolouration, age spots and mottled pigmentation, are all improved by IPL. The IPL is absorbed into the skin causing a heating effect which penetrates into the superficial and deeper layers.