5 Questions to Ask Yourself before Trying Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy

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  1. Do you have hyperpigmentation (dark spots), freckles, or other skin pigment issues you want corrected? If yes, then IPL may be the perfect option for your skin.  As we discussed here, IPL uses specific wavelengths of light to target skin discoloration. That means the appearance of dark spots, freckles, and even redness is diminished, leaving behind a clear, uniform complexion.

  2. Are you looking for a procedure that causes very little downtime?  Good news—IPL’s results are typically fast, and downtime is minimal, with many people going straight back to their normal routine immediately afterwards.  For the first few days, skin may appear slightly flushed, but that can easily be hidden with a breathable foundation like this one.  

  3. Do you live in a hot, sunny climate or are you a sun worshipper?  If you do, and if you love to be out in the sun year round, IPL may not be the best option for you.  Most skin discolorations such as dark spots and freckles are increased with sun exposure which means you could end up spending a lot of time removing these areas with IPL…only to see them reappear after one day lounging by the pool.  

  4. Are you committed to wearing sunscreen everyday…no matter what? As mentioned above, sunlight can make the skin discoloration you targeted with IPL appear darker or look more pronounced. So if you are going to commit to IPL, you must also commit to protecting your skin with SPF 50 sunscreen, every day. Even in the cold winter months.  

  5. Do you have an olive or darker skin tone? Darker skin tones absorb more of the light energy during treatment, and results may take longer to appear, and not be as pronounced.  Be sure your clinician is experienced with IPL treatments before starting the process.

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Posted on January 12, 2017 .