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Why you should treat acne with IPL (Intensed Pulsed Light)

Updated: Feb 12, 2020

I'll give you 3 short reasons why

1. IPL is a gentle treatment that addresses both the acne bacteria and redness of your skin

2. It’s a fast 'lunch-time' treatment with no downtime and less side effects than oral medication

3. IPL will improve your skin's appearance and gain your confidence back with just a few treatments

How does it work?

Basically IPL produces a biochemical response that effectively kills bacteria within pores. In more detail, acne bacteria produces a large amount of endgenic porphyrins and when exposed to broadband light, these porphryns release single oxygen, which is effective in killing bacteria thereby reducing the severity of acne. IPL delivers rapid, high intensity and controlled pulses of light, at a specific wavelength to target the bacteria in the skin.

IPL is a non-invasive solution on inflammatory acne with less collateral effects than oral medication.

What is acne?

There’s actually a number of different types of acne, but most commonly acne refers to a skin condition in which your hair follicles become clogged with oil or dead skin cells.  

This causes your body to produce whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. For some people, these pimples could be lumps beneath the surface of the skin which causes a lot of pain, so not something to take lightly at all!

What causes acne?

An age old question, but in short it’s ‘Rogue Sebaceous Glands’. Most of your skin’s sebaceous or oil glands (the kind that lubricates your skin) behave perfectly normally. But men and women affected by acne & breakouts have ‘Rogue Sebaceous Glands’ that produce too much oil and too many skin cells, creating oil & skin plugs which start the acne cycle.

What can I expect during my treatment?

During the IPL acne treatment, short pulses of intense light are emitted from an applicator onto your skin. The light penetrates through various skin layers and helps killing acne bacteria and reducing the inflammation or sebum excess (skin oil) production that characterizes acne. It will take a series of treatments in order to kill the bacteria, depending on severity.

To achieve optimal results, I would suggest a combination treatment of IPL twice a week (initially - depending on severity) followed by an LED blue light facial after each treatment for 15 - 20 minutes. LED light facials utilise high intensity light emitting diodes (LED's) to painlessly stimulate the skin to help reduce acne.

LED light therapy facials have proven to have 10% better results than using benzyl peroxide and a 76%-80% improvement in acne.

Not bad results eh?

When can I see results?

The active pimples can be reduced from just one session, (if settings are correct for your skin) however, you will need a series of treatments. The exact number of sessions required, though, depends upon your particular skin condition. 


Each salon will vary, however at Skin By Lindsay a full face treatment costs $147 or $132 if you prepay 6; or you can just choose individual areas such as cheeks, forehead, back , decolletage, just to name a few.

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