Though acne is often perceived as a teenage problem, many people find it persists into adulthood. Together with help from your GP, we can offer a broadband light to kill the bacteria responsible for acne and also trick the skin to stimulate its own wound healing mechanism which promotes rapid skin healing.
The light emitted from the Intense Pulsed Light system directly targets overactive sebaceous glands, greatly reducing the total number and severity of active lesions, and lessening the inflammation and occurrence of break-outs. The light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne breakouts.
For best results light therapy should be combined with a skin treatment regime prescribed by a dermatologist. This will often include creams, regular exfoliation and/or facial peels. You cannot undergo IPL treatment if you are taking Roaccutane or Retin A, both of which are photo-sensitising.
IPL will have limited results if your acne is hormonal - this is because we can treat an area successfully but a surge in hormones will probably cause the problem to recur.
IMPORTANT - you cannot be treated if you are suntanned or have used a self tanning cream. The increased melanin in your skin will make you liable to burns. Please stay out of the sun for at least 6 weeks prior to treatment. This is for your safety.
Prices start at £50 per session
6 treatments are initially recommended with a fortnight between each one. For best results the treatments should be alternated with a facial peel in the weeks in between.
Please arrive wearing no make-up or moisturiser or any other skin product. We need clean naked skin. Please stay out of the sun for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment. Bring any medications with you so we can check them against our contra-indications list and take medical advice if necessary.
The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment but this usually disappears within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.