Skin discoloration and uneven texture can happen to the best of us — whether it’s from spending too much time in the sun or having a skin condition like rosacea. But there’s good news. IPL/Photofacial treatments can help! Here are five things to know about IPL before you schedule an appointment at Westchester’s best SkinCenter.
- It Treats a Variety of Skin Conditions
IPL is effective at reducing a wide spectrum of conditions including the following: acne scars, freckles, age spots, discoloration, broken blood vessels, and hair removal. It can also help reduce redness associated with rosacea.
- It Uses Light Energy to Restore Damaged Skin
IPL stands for intense pulsed light treatment. During a photofacial appointment at SkinCenter, one of our aestheticians will use the XEO laser device to target specific areas of your skin. IPL treatments work by transmitting heat from the IPL light through to the pigmented skin areas. The IPL technology is attracted to dark pigmentation, effectively drawing the discoloration to the surface of the skin, allowing the dermis to begin the healing process of correcting the blemishes.
- You’ll Need to Avoid Certain Things Before IPL
- About two weeks before your IPL session, you’ll want to refrain from certain products and practices. Stop certain topical creams, like retinoids, that affect skin sensitivity
- Take a pause from alcohol consumption, waxing, and suntanning. It’s also important to cease taking medication like doxycycline which increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
- Lastly, it is advised that you stay hydrated and not wear any makeup or skincare products before arriving at your appointment.
- The Procedure Is Quick
Most treatments take 20 to 30 minutes, and most clients report little to no discomfort with IPL. Another benefit to this non-invasive therapy is that there’s little down time involved after the procedure, so you won’t have to take time off work while your skin heals.
- You’ll Need Multiple Sessions for Optimum Results
IPL isn’t a “one and done” treatment. You’ll likely need to have a few IPL sessions to achieve the best results. It all depends on the severity of the skin condition you’re treating and how your skin responds to treatment.
Ready to take your skin care routine to the next level? Call us today to schedule a free consultation!