use Intense Pulse Light (IPL) therapy to improve skin's texture, as well as treat a variety of skin conditions and discolorations. IPL has been used on age spots, fine lines, acne scars, freckles
and other skin flaws. It has also proven effective in diminishing the appearance of rosacea, veins, tattoos and birthmarks.
How IPL Works
After numbing the skin with a cool gel, a series of pulses of light are sent through a glass prism to the desired area. Unlike invasive methods, IPL doesn't break the skin. Instead the pulses work
inside the tissue to break up discoloration, improve collagen production and much more.
IPL is a gradual process. Usually four or more 20-minute sessions spaced every four weeks are necessary to reach desired results. However, the final results of IPL can last one to two years. The
side effects of IPL are very limited. On occasion some slight swelling and redness may occur. It's recommended that patients undergoing IPL therapy, avoid direct sunlight for 30 days before and
after their treatment.
Doctors usually charge per pulse for IPL therapy with a minimum of 10-15 pulses each session. The cost varies around the country, but $10-20 per pulse is not unheard of. Some doctors choose to use
Botox injections in conjunction with IPL. Botox is more
effective on wrinkles and fine lines, while IPL is good for restoring normal texture, tone and color to skin.
IPL at Home?
Similar to IPL therapy, several companies are selling beauty gadgets that use light to treat common skin problems. These hand-held device don't come cheap, but customer reviews show that they can be
The Marvel-Mini uses different types of light (blue,
green and red) to treat different skin conditions.
Marvel-Mini Rejuvenating Facial Light Therapy Blue uses blue light to help kill bacteria that causes acne. This hand-held device is easy to use. You can reduce your acne breakouts naturally by
using it 15 minutes a day, twice a day for 30 days.
Marvel-Mini's green light edition is used to diminish hyperpigmentation and age spots. And the red light version of the Marvel-Mini is designed to help reduce fine lines and Wrinkles. Each of the
Marvel-Minis comes at a price of $225 from Nordstrom.com.
Another similar item is the Baby Quasar, which uses photorejuvenation light therapy to treat many flaws such as acne,
age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores and others. It utilizes both red and invisible infrared light. The Baby Quasar is more expensive than the Marvel-Mini at $449 from MakeMeHeal.com.
Lightstim offers three different models of their hand-held devices. Using LED photorejuvenation light therapy, they offer The
Original LightStim (anti-aging), The Anti-Acne Light and the Anti-Aging Light (professional model). These devices work similar to the others and range in price from $197 to $329. You can find out
more at LightStim.com.
If you choose to try skin therapy at home, be sure to do your research before making your purchase. All of these products offer some sort of guarantee, however make sure to read all the details.
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