Intense Pulsed Light Therapy and Oily Skin

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, formerly known as the Intense Pulse Light Therapy, is a cosmetic procedure that can remove hair, but may also be used to eliminate rosacea, liver spots and broken capillaries. The Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is recommended for patients with all skin types, including oily skin, but will have some additional side effects in people with oily skin.

Effects of Intense Pulsed Light Therapy on Oily Skin

The Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) can be used by dermatologists in patients with oily skin for various purposes:

  • Hair removal (the procedure is similar to laser hair removal)
  • Eliminates rosacea
  • Reduces liver spots
  • Eliminates broken capillaries
  • Eliminates pregnancy mask
  • Reduces acne scars

The IPL employs xenon lamps will be applied directly on the surface of the skin, but will not cause skin damage. In patients with oily skin, the IPL treatment will have a few additional side effects. The light therapy will stimulate the skin and may make it oilier, so an acne flare up is possible immediately after the IPL treatment.

If the patient is prone to developing acne, the dermatologist may prescribe a few solutions to use immediately after the IPL treatment.

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