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Using Intense Pulsed Light to treat Rosacea - MedSkin ClinicRosacea is a skin condition that frustrates people all over the country. Some people have it permanently, while others find it comes and goes. Common home remedies for it include skin creams and lotions, but these are often ineffective at clearing the problem. When rosacea is stubborn and causes you to feel less confident in your skin, there is another option: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).

What is IPL?

IPL treatment is an innovative medical technology that doctors use to treat a range of skin problems. During the therapy, numerous different wavelengths of light are pulsed into the skin where they produce heat energy.

By applying filters, this heat targets specific chromophores, which are the components of skin that dictate its colour. The chromophores are then reabsorbed into the body, resulting in a significant reduction in the appearance of rosacea. In some cases, the issue will be completely resolved.

What other problems can be helped by IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light treatment is used to combat a number of conditions. It is used in laser hair removal and even helps with certain eye conditions like dry eye. Common conditions that are treated with IPL include:

  • Facial flushing
  • Age spots
  • Freckles
  • Redness
  • Other skin problems that impact on its appearance

Why is IPL effective for treating rosacea?

Doctors often recommend IPL therapy for the treatment of rosacea because there is a wealth of evidence for its effectiveness. In fact, one study came to the conclusion that there is no better therapy for treating rosacea than IPL. The reason is that the light energy targets the oxyhemoglobin in our blood, creating the necessary heat to break down the capillaries and reabsorb them. Over the course of several weeks, this will slowly reduce the appearance of that unwelcome rosacea on the skin.

The other big advantage of IPL is that it’s non-invasive. This means patients will usually be able to go back to normal activities immediately after treatment. The therapy usually consists of 3-6 treatments for optimum results. Each treatment lasts about 20 minutes. Patients will be advised to use sun cream with a high SPF to protect their skin afterwards.

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