IPL Treatment: A Comprehensive Guide to Treating Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness, inflammation, and visible blood vessels on the face. While there is no cure for rosacea, there are treatments available to help reduce the symptoms. One of the most effective treatments for rosacea is intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. IPL therapy uses controlled light at specific wavelengths to reduce inflammation, redness, pimples, and uneven skin tones caused by rosacea.

It is a gentle and long-lasting solution that provides gradual and natural improvement in the appearance of the skin. IPL is a very effective treatment for rosacea, with results typically seen after just one treatment. However, optimal results are usually seen after 3 to 6 treatments spaced about 1 month apart. At Spot Check Clinic, we use broadband light (BBL), a relatively new form of IPL that enables rapid treatments without downtime.

BBL uses several wavelengths of light energy, similar to a camera flash, resulting in a deeper and more meaningful skin rejuvenation treatment. The number of treatments needed may vary depending on skin type, treatment area, type of treatment, and depth of penetration. In a study of 508 sites treated with BBL, an average of 4.1 treatments per site were administered with an IPL spectrum ranging from 515 to 1200 nm and pulse durations between 4.3 and 6.5 milliseconds. All photos showed patients before and after treatment with BBL (broadband light).

It is important to protect your skin from the sun after each treatment and between treatments; wear a wide zinc base SPF50 and a hat or cap. With proper care and maintenance, IPL therapy can provide long-lasting relief from rosacea symptoms.

Gracie Szafraniec
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