"Acne is not taken seriously enough, despite the bullying and stigma people face" --
BBC News report (20 Apr 2016):
IPL with radio frequency is an effective treatment for acne. To get the best results, it may be used in combination with other treatments such as the steam clean facial.
IPL Acne reduction after 6 treatments (image credit and © SkinFirst)
The IPL flash gun heats and kills the bacteria that exacerbates acne. Heating of the sebaceous glands causes them to reduce the amount of pore-clogging sebum, and stimulates the production of collagen to help mend the skin.
This process is repeated over the entire treatment area. Over the next weeks, the area may improve, though it may get worse during the first couple of treatments! In due course, the area improves, though we may recommend other treatments to help the process, such as a steam clean facial to help unclog the pores, and a mineral clay facial mask to help draw out toxins.
An average of 3-6 treatments are usually required about 1-2 weeks apart, but maintenance treatments may be required as required, as the condition may be affected by hereditary and environmental factors. Lighter skin types respond better, and dark skin may not be suitable for treatment.
How does it work?
- The treatment area is made ready
- The IPL flashes with some RF energy
- Heat is absorbed by the bacteria in the acne, sterilising it
- Heat is absorbed by the glands producing sebum, reducing its production
- Heat is absorbed by glands the in surrounding skin, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, aiding in the healing process
- The area may redden, but after it subsides, improvements may be seen
What do I get?
- A patch test and consultation, covering medical history, expectations, pre- and post-treatment advice
- Typically 30 mins per treatments
- Course of treatments, typically 6
- Treatments typically every 1-4 weeks, weekly is recommend.
Case Study of our own client
- See Caroline's blog post: Acne Treatments for a review and photos of one of our clients