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.
How Does IPL Treatment Work for Rosacea?
IPL treatment for rosacea primarily focuses on reducing the redness and flushing associated with the condition. Here’s how it works:
Light Absorption: During an IPL session, the light emitted by the device is absorbed by the haemoglobin present in the dilated blood vessels of the skin affected by rosacea. This absorption converts the light energy into heat.
Blood Vessel Coagulation: The heat generated by the absorbed light energy causes the blood vessels to coagulate, leading to their closure. This process reduces the redness and visible blood vessels associated with rosacea, making the skin appear more even-toned.
Collagen Stimulation: IPL treatment also stimulates collagen production in the skin. Collagen is a vital protein that provides structure and elasticity to the skin. By encouraging collagen synthesis, IPL treatment improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Calming Inflammation: IPL therapy can help calm inflammation in the skin, which is a common symptom of rosacea. The controlled light energy can reduce the overall redness and swelling, providing relief from discomfort.
How many IPL sessions are typically required to see results? In most cases, a series of three to six sessions, spaced several weeks apart, is recommended to achieve optimal results.
How long do the results of IPL treatment last?
With proper skincare maintenance and sun protection, the benefits of IPL treatment for rosacea can last for several months to a year. Periodic maintenance sessions may be required to sustain the desired outcome.
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.