Acne is caused when hormones in the body cause the sebaceous glands to produce more oil than necessary, leading to blocked pores and spots. This can vary in severity and can affect anybody regardless of age, skin type and gender. Whilst certain factors such as diet and skin care can improve acne in some cases, we can improve the appearance of acne with the use of IPL treatment.
We use this treatment for 3 types of acne:
- Acne Vulgaris-Skin lesions and pimples that can be painful and are caused by blocked hair follicles.
- Acne Conglobta- Large spots and nodules over the chest, back (‘backne’) and buttocks. This can lead to bacterial infections and scarring.
- Acne Rosacea- This causes an inflammation on the face, neck or chest.
What is IPL and How Does it Work?
IPL is short for ‘intense pulsed light’ and is a method of utilising varying wavelengths of light against the skin. It helps to reduce acne in two ways-
- The light causes a photodynamic reaction that releases a free radical single oxygen. This then destroys the acne itself in a selective way, reducing inflammation and killing the bacteria that can lead to scarring.
- The absorbed light heats up the capillaries in the sebaceous glands so that blood flow is reduced and therefore oil production is in turn decreased.
Ellipse IPL Skin Rejuvenation is safe, effective and free of side effects with no need for ‘down time’ after the treatment. Like all our treatments, we ensure that it has been medically tested for safety before performing on our clients.
Is my Skin Suitable?
IPL treatment has better results on fairer skin, typically types 1-3 on the Fitzpatrick scale. It can be used on type 4 (darker olive skin tones) skins with caution. At your consultation we will advise you if you if your skin type and areas of skin damage are suitable for the treatment. The Ellipse system has pre-programmed treatment suggestions for different skin types so we can tailor the treatment to you.
It is important that you avoid excess sun exposure between 30-60 days prior to the treatment as it can increase the risks of pains or burns from the treatment. If you do have a sun tan, we may suggest that you wait until it fades before the treatment so that you achieve the best results.
What Can I Expect from the Treatment?
Some people compare the sensation of IPL treatments to having rubber bands snapped against their skin and report a warming feeling. Your skin may appear reddened but this will fade as the skin repairs itself and any redness or pigment from blemishes disperses. There may also be a layer of crust on the skin but this will come away by itself, leaving smoother, younger looking skin in its wake; it is important that you do not pick or scratch at this as the skin is recovering from the treatment.
You will also need to be extra vigilant about sun exposure and we recommend that you use an SPF of at least 30 during the healing process and this is a good habit to keep up to keep your skin looking youthful. If you have very sensitive skin you may find it soothing to apply aloe vera gel after your IPL skin rejuvenation session.
We also recommend that you use an anti-acne medicated gel or cream
How Many Sessions will I Need?
During your initial consultation we will be able to advise how many sessions of Ellipse Intense Pulse Light you will need. Typically our clients require 4 sessions spaced 3-4 weeks apart. This can be repeated if necessary. We will also advise of cost as this depends on the size of the area treated.
Why Use the London Cosmetic Clinic for Ellipse IPL thread vein removal?
Our IPL therapist has years of experience providing personalised aesthetic treatments for a range of skin issues including 5 years of experience as the Senior Therapist at Ellipse’s flagship clinic in Knightsbridge. Our specialist therapist has a fantastic reputation of delivering safe ethical treatments.
We are located in the heart of London so are easy to travel to and our team are friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Our treatments are excellent value for money for the results they give.
As part of our service we offer free patch tests and non-obligation consultations.