IPL Acne

IPL Acne

The Lynton Excelight is a certified medical device used for a variety of cosmetic and medical purposes that is largely recognised as the MOST clinically effective IPL by many dermatologists and the NHS. It utilises intense pulsed light (IPL) technology to deliver controlled pulses of light energy to the targeted area of the skin.

What is IPL treatment for Acne?

IPL treatment, also known as photofacial or photorejuvenation, involves the use of intense pulses of broad-spectrum light to target specific skin concerns. It is a versatile treatment that can effectively address acne, sun damage, pigmentation issues, and vascular conditions.

How does IPL treat acne?

IPL treatment for acne primarily targets two key factors: bacteria and inflammation. The broad-spectrum light emitted during the procedure is absorbed by the skin, specifically targeting the bacteria responsible for acne breakouts. The light energy destroys the bacteria, reducing the occurrence of acne. Additionally, IPL treatment helps reduce inflammation, redness, and the appearance of acne scars by stimulating collagen production and promoting skin healing.

How many IPL sessions are typically required for acne treatment?

The number of IPL sessions required varies depending on the individual and the severity of acne. Usually, a series of treatments is recommended, spaced a few weeks apart. On average, patients may require 4 to 6 sessions for optimal results. 

Are there any side effects or downtime associated with IPL treatment for acne?

IPL treatment is generally safe and well-tolerated, with minimal downtime. Some individuals may experience temporary redness, mild swelling, or a sensation similar to a sunburn immediately after the treatment, but these effects typically subside within a few hours to a few days. 

Can IPL be used on all skin types?

IPL can be used on a broader range of skin types. However, it is important to note that people with darker skin tones, particularly Fitzpatrick skin types V-VI, are at a higher risk of complications such as hyperpigmentation or burns. This is because the excess melanin in darker skin can absorb more light energy, leading to adverse effects.