Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL is an advanced acne treatment procedure involving the use of high-intensity light emitted in quick bursts on the affected areas. This light targets and destroys p. acnes and the surrounding damaged cells, which stimulates your skin to produce collagen to start a self-healing process.
This procedure involves the use of a specially formulated chemical solution to combat acne. Chemical peels contain acids including glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or retinoic acid. The idea of having a chemical peel may sound wild, but it’s currently one of the best skincare procedures. The acid(s) contained in chemical peels exfoliate the dead skin cells blocking pores, to prevent acne formation. This procedure can be performed in combination with other acne treatment methods for optimal results.
Blue light therapy, at 460nm, targets and destroys the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, which is associated with inflammatory acne vulgaris. This therapy uses high-intensity light, which is non-invasive and safe for any skin type. Blue light therapy is recommended even for severe acne that has not responded to other forms of treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Light therapy utilizes blue light at 460nm to destroy the bacteria causing acne. Chemical peels eliminate dead skin cells and open up pores to prevent comedones minimizing the chances of acne formation. IPL utilizes short bursts of a specific wavelength to destroy acne and stimulate self-healing. Each of these procedures aims at eliminating and preventing future occurrence of acne vulgaris.
Post acne treatment instructions and tips
Acne can recur even after a successful treatment plan. The following tips should be observed to maintain the realized treatment results and prevent reoccurrence of acne:
- Refrain from touching your face
- Use water-based cosmetic products only(non- comedogenic products)
- Avoid oil-based products (comedogenic products)
- Avoid picking acne lesions
- Always use a soft towel or hands with mild soap (gentle cleanser) to wash your wash twice a day and after strenuous activities
- Always remove your make up before sleeping
- Avoid acne triggers such as stress and anxiety
- Do not wash or scrub your skin excessively as this irritates it
- Shampoo your hair daily if your acne occurs along or near the hairline
Acne is a condition that requires constant care of your skin to prevent a recurrence. After a successful treatment procedure, follow all the tips given by Lumiskins dermatologists to maintain the results.
The procedure depends on the extent and severity of your acne. It may take one session or several visits to our clinic to complete acne treatment procedures. The best way to find out is to book an appointment and get examined by one of our dermatologists.
Each of the treatment methods we apply at Lumiskins targets the causative agents of acne, i.e., dead skin cells and propionibacterium acnes. The IPL and Blue Light Therapy procedures destroy the damaged cells and bacteria to stimulate your skin to produce collagen. This causes a cell repair process to initiate. Chemical peels contain acids that exfoliate dead skin cells and open up pores to prevent clogging.