Acne is a teenager’s worst nightmare, and the same is true for many adults. More than 50 million cases of acne are diagnosed every year. While imperfections on other parts of your body can be hidden by clothing, acne usually affects the face, making it hard to conceal.
Are you sick and tired of having acne overrule your appearance? Do you have acne scars you wish would go away?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacials use light therapy to treat skin concerns like acne and scars in a safe, noninvasive way. At Selah Medi Spa in Katy, Texas, we provide IPL photofacials to help you get the clear and radiant skin you’ve always dreamed of.
What it does
After years of living under the Texas sun, you’ve probably noticed some damage to your skin — fine lines, pigmentation, and brown spots. In addition to acne, IPL is great for reducing the appearance of these unwanted skin concerns while brightening your complexion. But how does it work?
IPL photofacials use a handheld device to administer broadband light into the dermis without harming the top layer of your skin. Your skin’s pigment absorbs the energy and converts it to heat, eliminating undesirable skin problems like acne, scars, and sun damage.
How it clears up acne
Acne occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and compromised skin cells. IPL heats your hair follicles to destroy the acne-causing bacteria on your skin.
IPL also can destroy the skin cells that cause acne’s uneven pigmentation to give you brighter, more even-toned skin. IPL cannot physically erase the indentation caused by acne scars, but many patients find that its brightening is enough to greatly reduce their appearance.
Less invasive than a laser
Contrary to popular belief, IPL doesn’t use laser light. Lasers use only one wavelength of light in the same direction. IPL can be compared to a camera flash; it uses many different wavelengths scattered in various directions.
IPL is far less invasive than laser procedures. Most patients find IPL to be more comfortable, too, and love the fact that it requires no downtime. IPL covers a larger area of skin, making it more successful in treating multiple skin concerns in one session.
How many treatments do I need?
Now that you know how IPL works, you’re probably wondering how many treatments you need. Everyone’s skin is different, so what works for one person might not work for you. However, most patients who use IPL for acne need 3-6 treatments spaced about a month apart.
IPL can do wonders for your skin, but it’s best when combined with other healthy habits. If you don’t already have a skin-care regimen in place, it’s time to begin one. You can start by cleansing your face twice daily. The next time you come into Selah Medi-Spa, ask a skin-care tech about what products would be most beneficial for your skin.
Find out if an IPL photofacial is a good treatment for you. Schedule a consultation today by calling 281-201-5322 or booking online.