Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy, more commonly known as photofacial therapy, is performed by cosmeticians and medical professionals as part of therapeutic and aesthetic skin treatments. As the name suggests, it uses pulses of light to neutralize chromophores which are responsible for causing colour spots on the skin. IPL is distinguished from laser treatment by the fact that it uses a broad spectrum of light, whereas lasers employ a single wavelength of light. This allows IPL photofacial treatments to affect several different skin conditions at the same time. To learn about some of the top benefits of photofacials, check out this list.
Photofacial treatments are simple procedures that only take about 15 to 30 minutes. Beyond slight reddening of the skin, the side effects are typically minimal which means there’s no demanding recovery schedule required. This allows photofacial treatments to be administered at any time without requiring time off work or abstention from regular day to day activities.
More Even Skin Tone
Because photofacials work on elements in the skin that cause discolouration, IPL therapy can result in a smoother and more uniform skin tone. It can reduce the appearance of age and sun spots, fade melanin deposits and diminish pigmentation irregularities. The result is cleaner and fresher looking skin.
Photofacials can also reduce redness caused by rosacea, broken blood vessels and skin inflammation. The IPL treatment is able to reduce superficial blood vessels which can cause redness. This occurs when the light causes capillaries near the skin’s surface to constrict and shrink, reducing the amount of blood that reaches the superficial layers of the skin.
Photofacials can help sufferers of acne by reducing the activity of oil producing sebaceous glands. The treatment also targets bacteria in the skin that can be the cause of many types of acne. And as with reduction of redness, the treatment eliminates small blood vessels and broken capillaries which only add to the conspicuousness of acne.
Photofacial treatments cause the skin to increase collagen production which can decrease the prominence of wrinkles and fine lines. This occurs through a process known as neocollagenesis where older, loose collagen is destroyed and new collagen production is stimulated. The result is smoother skin that appears younger and more supple.