Acne Treatment with IPL

October 19, 2020
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You don't have to let  acne affect your confidence!

La Femme Beauty Salon offers a range of successful acne treatments to leave your skin clear and blemish free. Acne can be effectively treated with Intense Pulsed Light alone or in combination with other clinical treatments. Intense Pulsed Light treatments greatly reduce the number and severity of active lesions, lessening the inflammation and frequency of break-outs. 

Why  Choose La Femme Beauty Salon?


The salon uses unrivalled,  specialist equipment supplied by the UK’s No.1 manufacturer – Lynton Lasers. Our new EXCELIGHT IPL provides optimum results for all clients, utilising a mix  of state of the art technologies.


All La Femme staff have  received in-depth, comprehensive training, covering the key fundamentals of  laser & IPL, and most importantly - how to achieve highly clinically effective results, whist keeping our clients safety as the primary objective.  


What Causes Acne?


The presence of acne is  often influenced by the following factors:


Influence 1: Hormones
  • For the majority of acne sufferers, outbreaks begin at puberty because the body begins to produce hormones called androgens. These hormones cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge, which is a natural part of the body's development but for acne sufferers these glands are over stimulated.  Androgens are also responsible for acne flare-ups associated with the menstrual cycle and on occasion, pregnancy.
Influence 2: Oily Skin
  • When the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces extra sebum (oil). Sebum mixes with common skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have       been shed from the lining of the follicle. While this process is normal, the presence of extra sebum in the follicle increases the chances of clogging and can cause acne. Stress levels have also affected sebum production and can increase severity of acne.
Influence 3: Bacteria
  • The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, (P. acnes for short) is present on all skins and is part of the skin’s natural sebum maintenance system. Once a follicle is plugged, P. acnes bacteria multiply rapidly, creating the chemical reaction we know as inflammation in the follicle and surrounding skin.
Influence 4:  Inflammation
  • When you are exposed to unwanted bacteria your immune system sends in an army of white blood cells to attack. This is why pimples can be red, swollen and painful. The inflammatory response is different for everyone but studies have shown that it is especially strong in adult women.  Fortunately, you have options!        There are many kinds of acne treatments available.  Like you, acne is highly individual and response to treatments does vary from person to person. Often, several treatments are recommended in combination. We offer an extensive range of acne treatments and will advise on the most suitable procedure for you and your skin.

Common Questions


How does Intense  Pulsed Light Work?

The light emitted from the Intense Pulsed  Light system directly targets overactive sebaceous glands, greatly reducing  the total number and severity of active lesions, and lessening the  inflammation

and occurrence of break-outs. The  light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and  can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often  associated with acne breakouts.


How is the treatment  carried out?

A layer of chilled gel is applied  to the skin to help guide the light. The light guide is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is passed over the  skin several times before moving onto the neighbouring area, and the process  is repeated until the whole area is treated. Each pulse of light treats a large area of skin and so the duration of the treatment is very short. The gel is removed and  the skin is moisturised. During treatment protective eye wear will be  provided.


Am I suitable for  treatment?

Almost everyone can be treated, apart  from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. If you are pregnant or taking  Roaccutane (an acne medication) it is best not to undergo laser or Intense  Pulsed Light treatment.


How does the  treatment feel?

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable  but no anaesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar  to the flick of an elastic band.


What should I expect  after the treatment?

Immediately after treatment the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. Typically the skin is  cooled to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is



Are there any side  effects?

The treated area can become quite  red immediately after treatment but this usually disappears within a couple  of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.


How long does  treatment take?

A typical treatment session is  approximately 30 minutes.


How many treatments  are necessary?

The number of treatments necessary  varies from person to person, but typically 6 Intense Pulsed Light and 6  exfoliating treatments will result in a significant improvement.


Consultation  Procedure

Prior to treatment you must first  undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained  in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign  a consent form and undergo a test patch.