I’m sure you already know of IPL products, but what does IPL even stand for and what does it even do?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light which means the use of pulses of light over a range of wavelengths.
Whilst that may make sense to some, what it means is that a broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of your skin and absorbed by the melanin within the hair shaft.
Regular laser hair removal differs from that of IPL and that is because IPL uses many pulses of light over a range of wavelengths whereas laser hair removal only uses one certain wavelength.
This is why when you go and get laser hair removal, it will produce a single laser beam (literally!) whereas, with IPL, it will produce a single white flash.
That being said, the way IPL products work is the same as the way traditional laser hair removal works and that is that the hair follicles will begin to heat up due to the absorption of light, and if this heat reaches a critical temperature (which can be different for different skin types), the rate at which hair growth occurs will begin to decrease.
What is Acne?
There’s actually a number of different types of acne, but most commonly acne refers to a skin condition in which your hair follicles become clogged with oil or dead skin cells.
This causes your body to produce whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. For some people, these pimples could be lumps beneath the surface of the skin which causes a lot of pain, so not something to take lightly at all! T
he different types of acne are here below:
- Blackheads: Blackheads occur when there is a build up of oil, dead skin and bacteria and they are trapped within your skin’s pores. The pores, however, remain open which causes all the nasty stuff inside to turn into a different, darker colour – which is exactly why we call them blackheads!
- Whiteheads: These are also the same as blackheads, however, the material within a white head (dust, bacteria, etc.) does not stretch the pore and the pore closes over the material which means whatever is inside doesn't come in contact with the oxygen which means it stays a white or yellowish colour.
- Papules: Papules are any raised bump that is on your skin. Usually, papules come in the form of a rash in which there are small “groups” of raised bumps on your skin. A common example of papules is eczema. These are more painful than blackheads and whiteheads but not as serious as nodules or cysts.
- Pustule: You’re probably wondering what the hell a pustule is but you already know what it is. They’re the little pus-filled douchebags that rise up on your skin in the morning of that important job interview or the party where you want to impress your crush.
- Nodules: These pimples lie deep in the skin but are not filled with pus at all and they usually form a hard bump below the skin. This is one of the more severe types of acne.
- Cysts: These pimples also lie deep within the skin and are extremely painful. They are usually caused by hormonal issues. This type of acne is definitely one of the most severe types of pimples and any remedies must be first consulted with a dermatologist.
Can you treat Acne with IPL?
Like we mentioned above, acne is a “skin condition in which your hair follicles become clogged with oil or dead skin cells” and IPL causes these hair follicles to become so hot that they are basically burnt off and thus stimulates new skin growth.
Don’t just take my word for it though, here is a research paper by the National Center for Biotechnology Information that states "IPL treatment showcased a significant reduction in Acne."
What do we Recommend?
Well, firstly you need to get yourself an IPL. We recommend trying our Honey Skin IPL which is made up of the highest quality technology for a very affordable price.
Once you’ve got the IPL, make sure you go and exfoliate the part of your skin that you wish you treat.
If this region is near your eyes, please take extra care to ensure your eyes are covered with sunglasses or cover the eyes with a cloth and let a family member or friend do it for you.
Once your skin is dry, clean and exfoliated, turn your IPL on and start flashing the sections of your skin that you wish to use it on.
We recommend using the manual feature when treating for acne rather than using the automatic feature.
Other methods of helping Acne
We’re not like other companies because we’re not going to tell you that our product will fix all your problems (it definitely could, but every individual is different, and our bodies respond differently to different things).
There are various other factors that go into your skin’s behavior, such as balancing out your hormones and the types of food that you eat. To balance out your hormones, we recommend taking a Vitamin B6 supplement. These can be especially useful for those of you who are nearing your menstrual cycle.
The types of food that you eat should also be healthy with low amounts of grease and oil and full of greens. By eating processed food, it can cause the build-up of oil on your skin as well as having a negative impact on your body’s hormonal system.