Acne Treatment

Intense pulsed light therapy describes the use of intense pulses of non-coherent light distributed over a range of wavelengths from 500 nm to 1200 nm for various body treatments. The light energy is converted to heat energy to treat skin conditions such as age spots, sun-damaged skin, cutaneous lesions (such as warts, scars, and striae), acne, benign pigmented epidermal lesions (such as freckles and melasma), vascular lesions (such as spider veins) and damaging hair follicles for permanent hair reduction. This heat energy is also used for breast firming, body and face tightening.

What is Acne?

Acne Vulgaris is a common condition that affects many people of varying age groups but mostly adolescents. Today acne sufferers can choose a gentle, light treatment to add to or replace traditional medical therapies. Janssen IPL uses light to treat acne effectively.

How can light treat Acne?

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) allows clinicians to use light to treat a variety of dermal conditions safely. With IPL treatments the handpiece is passed over the skin, releasing gentle pulses of light into the skin. The IPL heats the sebaceous gland and either destroys the gland and/or destroys the bacteria within the gland.

What are the treatments like?

Treatments are fast, safe and relatively painless. IPL allows clinicians to treat the desired area with minimal epidermal (skin) damage. Treatments feel like gentle rubber band snapping on the face. The time to cover the average face is approximately 10-15 minutes. Downtime is virtually eliminated. One can easily have a treatment done over the lunch hour.

How long will a course of treatments take?

Every person is unique, even in the treatment of acne. The average treatment course would consist of 8-12 treatments done once to twice per week.

Is anyone a candidate for treatment?

Most people can be treated with IPL treatments however there are a few specific cases where treatments are not advised. Individuals who are photosensitive or who are on photo-sensitizing medications, should not undergo IPL therapy. People who have been on Accuatne need to be off the medication for 6 months prior to IPL treatments. Anyone who is pregnant should wait until after the pregnancy to have IPL treatments.

What are the risks?

Advances in technology allows the clinicians to treat affected areas of the body with little or no damage to the surrounding skin. Side effect are rare but include hypo/hyper-pigmentation, blistering, redness and scarring. Sun exposure affects the rate of complications. It is imperative that individuals minimize their sun exposure 2 weeks prior to and following treatments.