Key Benefits of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment for Acne

Aesthetics Daily – The most common skin problem that is often experienced by both women and men is stubborn acne. There are several types of acne, one of which is acne vulgaris occuring due to dead skin cells, p. Acnes bacteria, and oil or sebum that clog hair follicles.

A cosmetic procedure that is beneficial to deal with acne is intense pulsed light, also known as IPL treatment. Dr. Puteri Rahmia Ratnasari, Aesthetic Doctor of Ermedika Clinic explains, “IPL is a skin treatment procedure that utilizes a spectrum of light with various wavelengths to improve various skin problems.”

“The light waves of IPL can kill acne-causing bacteria and also treat inflammation. In addition, IPL treatment can also help reduce redness on acne prone skin and treat acne scars such as Post-inflammatory Erythema (PIE) and Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH),” says the woman who is usually called Dr. Mia.

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Dr. Puteri Rahmia Ratnasari, Aesthetic Doctor of Ermedika Clinic

With relatively fast session of around 30 minutes, IPL for Acne treatment requires no downtime. IPL for Acne also does not cause redness or peeling of the skin. “So, patients can return to their normal activities after treatment,” she adds.

First of all, the patient’s face will be cleansed first, especially in the treated area. Patients need to use protective goggles to shield the eyes from the light transmitted from the IPL machine. Next, the patient’s face will be smeared with gel before finally the IPL handpiece is attached to the face to transmit pulses of light.

Dr. Mia says, “After that, the patient’s face is cleaned in which moisturizing cream and sunscreen are applied.” IPL treatment which is also useful for skin rejuvenation helps improve skin conditions.

“For optimal results, it is recommended to get 5 treatments, once a week,” explains Dr. Mia. Both before and after treatment, patients are advised to avoid exposure to direct sunlight. In addition, patients need to use sunscreen to protect the skin when doing outdoor activities.

Dr. Mia also recommends that patients temporarily not use exfoliating skincare products that contain AHA, BHA, linoleic acid, and creams with vitamin A. “For IPL treatment, although side effects rarely occur, patients may feel irritation or changes in skin color such as redness after treatment,” she explains.

So that acne does not reappear, it is better for someone to take various preventive attempts. Dr. Mia says, “The first thing you can do to prevent acne from appearing is to clean your face before going to bed. Second, stay hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day.”

Furthermore, one is not advised to touch the face with dirty hands. Managing stress well, maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding staying up late, using skincare products according to skin type, protecting the skin from the sun with sunscreen are also some of practical efforts to prevent acne.

Dr. Mia adds, “If these efforts have been made and you still have acne, it is better for you to consult with an esthetician or the nearest skin and genital specialist so that the problem can be handled further.”

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