Benefits of an IPL Facial

Struggling with acne, fine lines and wrinkles, or redness? An IPL facial may be the right treatment for you. But what is an IPL facial?

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Therapy) is also known as photorejuvenation or photofacial. It uses light energy to target certain colors in the skin. When the light energy heats the skin, it leads your body to get rid of the unwanted cells, and that gets rid of whatever you’re being treated for. It also works by stimulating the production of collagen, elasticity, and your skin’s natural hyaluronic acid.

And because the IPL device sends out multiple wavelengths of pulsating light, it can treat different skin issues at one time.

Since it was approved by the FDA in 1995, the treatment has been shown to come with many different benefits. Let’s take a look at a few.


A major benefit of IPL facials is that you don’t need to go under the knife to achieve the benefits you’re looking for. Whether you have acne scars, age spots, or rosacea, you can reduce the appearance of those issues without any major surgery. And one treatment session only takes about 30-90 minutes so it won’t take up much of your time either.

Helps Minimize the Appearance of Small Blood Vessels

IPL facials can also be used to reduce the appearance of small broken veins or capillaries. It does this by shrinking the capillary or vein under the skin until it eventually disappears. And it does this without affecting the surrounding skin. You’ll likely see an improvement within 1-2 treatment sessions.

Helps Control Acne

IPL facials are also an effective acne treatment as well. The light from the device kills the bacteria that contribute to acne and also reduces the inflammation that often comes with the skin condition.

IPL facials also reduce the production of sebum (the oil in your skin). An excess of sebum is what often clogs the pores and leads to acne in the first place.

IPL facials can target acne scars as well. It does this by breaking down excess melanin in the targeted area. And since acne scars are usually darker and contain more melanin than your normal skin tone, the IPL facial reduces the appearance of those scars.

Reduces Skin Redness

Whether you’re dealing with redness or rosacea, IPL facials can reduce its appearance. By heating the skin, the IPL heats the blood vessels right beneath the surface. It’s often these blood vessels that are producing the redness. The light then destroys these blood vessels.

A few weeks after the treatment, the body then reabsorbs the blood vessels and the redness fades.

Minimizes Signs of Aging

IPL facials can also be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. How? The heat from the IPL device stimulates collagen production. With new collagen, your skin can become tighter and firmer and that added firmness and elasticity reduces any fine lines and wrinkles you’re dealing with.

To ensure the results last, you will need to avoid direct sun exposure in the weeks before and after the treatment.

Very Little Downtime

One of the best benefits of IPL facials is that there is so little downtime. You can return to work, school, or your normal routine on the same day. You don’t need to take a day off or worry about someone watching your kids or pets.

Schedule A Consultation

IPL facials or photofacials are an effective treatment for acne scars, dark spots, and rosacea, among other things. If you’re interested in learning more, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Shauna Diggs at Cosmedic Dermatology today. She is more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. She can also help you build a treatment plan that fits your specific skincare needs.

To schedule an appointment today, please call our Grosse Pointe, MI office at 313-882-5777 or use our online scheduling form.