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Clinical efficacy of IPL for photodamage and skin rejuvenation

IPL stands for intense pulsed light. IPL differs from Laser in that laser is a direct beam of light and IPL is a light covering a broad spectrum ranging from 510 to 1200 nanometers. This type of light therapy is used for a range of skin conditions and symptoms and hair removal. IPL is proven to be more effective for photo damage and skin rejuvenation with the help of the broad spectrum of light and there ranging depths of penetration.


IPL has shown to be effective in treating the vascular components of photoaging and the pigmented concerns of photoaging, and, over time, has an effect on the collagen itself which improves the overall skin texture.


Benefits of IPL include:

Tighten pores resulting in a smooth textured skin tone.

Reduction in the severity of acne due to the destruction of the P Acne bacteria and shrinking the sebaceous glands.

Reduce the appearance of or eliminate sun spots and freckles due to the attraction with dark pigment the light converts to heat energy within the skin promoting the dark lesion to be drawn out of the skin where it crusts and sheds off the skin like dandruff.

Reduces skin flushing and skin redness due to the collagen production that is made in the skin over a 3 month period. The collagen thickens the vessel walls which reduces redness as we cant then see the blood flowing threw the vessel and can also completely shut down damaged capillaries, blood vessels, spider veins, telengstacia, and rosacea.

Reduces the appearance of purple scars by stimulation new collagen proteins promoting healing functions of the skin

Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles due to the stimulation of new collagen and elastin which is prominent in our skin and can lead to improved facial contour and tightening of the skin. Collagen in the main supportive protein found in our skin collagen and elastin is what gives our skin support and its shape.

Destruction of hair follicles reducing or shutting down future hair growth to the area.



A clinical study was performed with a total of 73 patients. These patients were treated with a minimum of five full‐face treatments of IPL at intervals of 3–4 week apart. One month after the third and fifth treatment, improvement was seen in five areas, pigmentation, telangiectasia, fine wrinkles, skin texture, and over‐all improvement. After the fifth treatment, a combined rating of greater than 60% improvement was given to more than 80% of patients for pigmentation improvement, telangiectasia reduction or removal, smoother skin texture, and overall improvement. Histological evaluations showed strong proliferation and deposits of Type I and Type III collagen.


IPL is an effective treatment for photoaging and skin rejuvenation. This treatment can safely and effectively reverse the signs of photodamage and promote skin rejuvenation.


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