How to Use IPL for Melasma, Rosacea, Dark Spots & More | VIDA

How can IPL (intense pulsed light) treat various skin conditions like Melasma and Roascea?

You have probably heard about the wonders lasers have achieved in the beauty industry: from eliminating scars, removing tattoos, and even fixing urinary incontinence; lasers are everywhere! An IPL Photofacial is an innovative treatment that uses laser technology to treat various skin conditions. This new alternative brings great benefits with little to no risk or adverse reactions. Keep reading to learn all the uses IPL laser treatments have for your skin.

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Skin Conditions Suitable for Laser Treatment

IPL to Treat Melasma

Melasma is a common condition among women. Caused by excessive sun exposure on sensitive skin or a hormonal imbalance, it appears as brown spots in some places of your face. The forehead, cheeks, the bridge of the nose, and the upper lip are some of the most common places melasma appears. Regardless of the location or cause, the dark patches are caused by a higher concentration of melanin.

In IPL for melasma, the intense pulsed light will penetrate into the deep layers of the skin. The heat will then destroy the cells with an excess of melanin and force the body to naturally produce new, healthy ones. During your treatment of IPL for melasma, you will feel higher sensitivity in the affected areas but that is only the light working. After IPL treatment of melasma, the patches will get darker but as the production of new cells begins, you will see fewer and fewer dark spots. Your cosmetic dermatologist will give you a personalized after-treatment care plan, but we recommend you take extra precautions after IPL for melasma with sun exposure and plenty of sunscreen.

IPL to Treat Rosacea

Rosacea is a very common skin condition. People who have it, present redness and visible blood vessels. Sometimes small, red, pus-filled bumps can also appear. Almost anyone can have rosacea, but it usually appears in middle-aged, fair-skinned women. While there is no cure for rosacea, IPL treatment for rosacea can have many benefits. During an IPL photofacial for rosacea, your physician will apply blasts of intense pulsed light onto your face. The intense pulsed light will penetrate deep into the skin layers, making the blood vessels contract.

After your initial IPL for rosacea treatment, your skin will look redder than usual but once the natural inflammation subsides, you will notice a dramatic reduction of redness all over your face. Doctors may recommend three to four IPL treatments for rosacea, but that depends on your personal needs and skin condition. Additionally, IPL treatments for rosacea do not only help you look better, they can help you feel better. Since the blood vessels contract after intense pulsed light therapy, you will have a more even temperature, so you won’t feel it as “hot” or as irritated as you used to. Especially in stressful situations or when working out.

IPL to Treat Acne Scars

As if acne wasn’t bad enough, picking or popping pimples can leave depressed scars or dark spots. Additionally, cystic acne can leave hyperpigmentation marks that can last several months. An IPL treatment for acne scars can help out with the color of both the depressed scars and hyperpigmented marks. IPL for acne scars works with intense pulses of light into the deep layers of the skin. As the skin cells absorb the energy in a disproportionate level, they become damaged and replaced naturally by the body. Depending on the severity of the scarring, the number of sessions will vary, but after your treatment of IPL for acne scars, you will see improved skin color and tone. As a bonus, IPL for acne scars also targets active acne. The heat in the intense pulsed light triggers a biochemical response in the deep layers of the skin, killing bacteria, reducing the sebaceous gland activity, and eventually disappearing acne altogether. Another option for removing acne scars is Laser Resurfacing. Talk with your board-certified doctor to see which option works best for you.

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IPL for acne treatment

IPL for Sun Damage

Even though we all know we should do it, many people still don’t wear sunscreen. Not protecting your skin from sun exposure and a genetic predisposition to sensitive skin can cause dark spots, freckles, and or discoloration in your face. This results in an uneven skin tone and discolored patches. If you want to reduce the brown spots and improve the red discoloration in your skin, IPL treatment for dark spots will give you the results you are looking for. The technology is the same as with the other conditions, the heat from the intense pulsed light penetrates the deep layers of skin and breaks up the pigment in the skin. The brown spots will turn darker after your IPL for sun damage treatment, but once your body produces new cells, you will have healthy, younger-looking skin.

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IPL for dark spots
After IPL treatment for dark spots

Learn More about IPL Treatment for Skin Conditions

So, what are you waiting for? IPL treatments for your face will give you glowing, younger-looking, and more beautiful skin without any hassle or side effects. Treat your skin condition with the latest IPL technology at our Medi Spa. Contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty about IPL treatments by calling 1-619-738-2144 (toll-free) now.

Dr. De La Fuente

Dr. De La Fuente is our board-certified Dermatologist practicing at VIDA Clinic in Tijuana. He specializes in Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser treatment & Non-invasive procedures, Medical Dermatology and Surgical Dermatology. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Dermatology, Mexican Board of Dermatology, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, American Academy of Dermatology.