Is IPL Treatment Safe for Acne?

How long can the skin stay clear after the laser treatment?

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IPL for acne

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IPL (intense pulsed light) is not typically used as a primary treatment for acne; however, it can have the effect of reduction of oil gland activity thus can be very helpful in acne patients. I usually recommend the IPL for patients who want cosmetic improvement in skin texture, fine lines, freckles, and redness. If they also have mild acne, then we can expect some improvement. As a primary treatment for acne, the IPL is often combined with levulinic acid (Levulan) in a procedure called photodynamic therapy or PDT. With PDT, the levulinic acid is more readily taken up in the overactive oil glands. Then the IPL activates the PDT which is concentrated in these oil glands resulting in oil gland damage and thus decreased oil gland activity. The effect seen from a series of treatments can last up to 12 - 18 months.

Charlotte Dermatologist

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