IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and is used in photofacial treatments to brighten the skin. Here’s how it works: broad-spectrum light is applied with a handheld device to the skin to specifically target melanin, a type of pigment that determines one’s skin tone. In this device, light pulses are generated by passing bursts of electrical current through xenon gas, which is then released onto the skin through a quartz block.
IPL skin therapy was approved by the FDA in 1995. Originally used as a hair removal technique, providers have since discovered that the technology also treats a variety of skin problems depending on the type of light wavelengths being used.
IPL differs from laser skin resurfacing in that resurfacing targets the outer layer of skin and often results in having a “raw” face for several days. IPL targets pigmentation (sun damage / photoaging spots) and affects the dermis, or inner layer, leaving no visible skin damage.
A recent study in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology has shown that IPL significantly and rapidly reduces the appearance of pigmented lesions, acne, rosacea, actinic keratosis, hypertrichosis, and the effects of photoaging.
Experts highly recommend that you receive in-office IPL photofacials in a series of about 6 treatments for the best possible results. Not only is IPL technology versatile, it is also safe and effective. If you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin and fix any unsightly pigmentation irregularities, ZendyHealth can help you save 20-70% on an IPL photofacial with a certified provider.