Getting to the root of acne...

Approximately 90% of all adolescents and 25% of all adults experience acne at some point in their lives. Young men and women get acne in equal numbers.

Our bodies produce a hormone called androgen, which stimulates our sebaceous glands to produce an oily substance called sebum. An overproduction of sebum can block pores, trapping the oil. Skin bacteria (P.acnes) feed on and break down sebum also become trapped, and the mixture of hair protein, sebum, and fatty acids produced by the bacteria irritate the walls of the hair follicle causing inflammation.

Most clients who visit Cork Lasercare Clinic have tried every other solution and failed. IPL is one of the safest acne treatments available, proven to be extremely effective on mild to moderate inflammatory acne. Even those who suffer from more persistent acne can benefit by combining IPL treatment with the consistent use of prescribed skincare products.

Clear skin is only a few steps away...

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the treatment work?

The treatment reduces the blood supply to the sebaceous gland, slowing down production of sebum. The light also has the ability to kill some of the P acnes bacteria directly. To do this, short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light (called SWT® technology) are directed at the skin. The system filters the light to ensure the wavelengths used are absorbed by haemoglobin in the fine blood vessels that supply the sebaceous glands.

How long does a treatment take?

It takes approximately 60 flashes to treat the full face. Including consultation and preparation, you should count on 20 minutes in the clinic. A typical course of therapy includes four treatments, three weeks apart.

Can I be treated?

The best results are achieved on inflammatory acne – red, aching, raised pimples. It is important your skin does not have a recent suntan.

Does the treatment hurt?

No anaesthetics are required, and many patients describe the treatment as practically pain-free, like a flick from a rubber band followed by a sensation similar to the feeling of gentle warmth after a day on the beach.

Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?

The light used is completely safe, visible light, so no special precautions are necessary. Generally, no special care is necessary after treatment, but people with sensitive skin may benefit from applying a cold compress to the face immediately after treatment. After treatment, you should avoid sun exposure, even if there is no sign of inflammation on the treated area. Use sun protection (minimum SPF 30).

What can I expect?

You may notice some general redness on the face following the treatment. If you have sun-damaged skin, some of the pigmented spots may turn darker and eventually disappear. If you have a future acne outbreak, the treatment can be repeated. Although results vary from person to person, you should expect more acne lesions to clear with a faster clearance rate.

Before And After

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