Articles Tagged: IPL photofacial

 

Can IPL Actually Reduce the Size of Pores?

Posted on September 4, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Pores help to keep skin looking healthy, but large pores can spoil the appearance of even the best complexion, causing distress and frustration to many men and women.

What Causes Large Pores?

Oily skin is typically caused by overactive sebaceous glands creating excess oil, which causes pores to expand.

In addition to this genetic cause, the size of skin pores can be influenced by:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Poor skin hygiene
  • Excess sunlight
  • Living in extreme climates
  • Normal aging process

While hot, humid climates increase sweat and oil production, cold, dry climates can also increase oil production as the body tries to compensate for the lack of moisture in the air.

Whatever the cause, large pores are regarded as cosmetically undesirable and are more likely to become clogged with oil and dirt, increasing the chance of developing acne.

How to Control the Size of Pores?

Careful use of skincare products adapted to your skin type can reduce oil production and help control the size of pores. But it’s hard to find an effective long-term solution to this problem. Using cosmetics to camouflage large pores can also eventually exacerbate the problem.

Pores can be reduced in size by taking measures to unclog your pores, reduce oil production from skin glands, and by stimulating cell renewal and collagen production in the skin. Laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments are recognized as effective ways to accomplish these goals.

How Can IPL Help?

Intense light pulses have the effect of rejuvenating the skin and are able to penetrate deep into the skin, killing bacteria and stimulating collagen production. The result is improved skin tone, reduced oil production, and an eventual reduction in the size of size pores. Light pulses are focused on the skin cell layers responsible for cell renewal, without harming the surface layers of the skin.

Individual IPL procedures normally take no longer than 20 minutes, and although multiple treatments are typically required, results usually become apparent within a week or two of the first treatment.

The IPL procedures we offer have several benefits in addition to shrinking skin pores. They can also help correct visible skin imperfections and improve skin tone.

Get IPL in Los Angeles

For more information about IPL in Los Angeles, contact Your Laser Skin Care for a free consultation. We can show you how to use IPL to address your particular skin issues and answer your questions about this and other non-invasive procedures that we offer.

 

What to Do After an IPL Photofacial

Posted on July 25, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

The benefits of IPL Photofacial treatments start to become apparent in the 24 hours following each procedure and continue to evolve in the days and weeks that follow.

Although IPL Photofacials require very little to no recovery time, there are definitely things you should (and should not) be doing to ensure you derive the maximum benefits from this facial, while minimizing the chance of negative side effects. We recommend that you pay careful attention to the following tips.

Keep Cool and Avoid the Sun

Avoid both direct and indirect sunlight as much as possible during the 30-day healing period. Sunlight can not only prevent your skin from healing properly but can more easily cause new damage during this time.

Your skin will be especially sensitive to sunlight following the treatment. To avoid sunburn during this vulnerable time, you must protect your skin for at least 30 days after each treatment by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

Ensure that your skin remains protected and apply sunscreen as often as needed to maintain protection. Using broad (or full) spectrum sunscreen will give protection against both UVA and UVB rays and is necessary even if you avoid direct sunlight.

Too much heat is also bad for your skin as it tries to heal and regenerate. This means you must avoid hot baths or showers for several days after each treatment. You should also avoid strenuous exercise during this time, as excess sweat increases your chances of infection, while potentially delaying the healing process.

If you have any redness, swelling, itching, or burning following an IPL treatment, applying aloe vera gel or cold compresses can help. If these symptoms persist for more than 48 hours, you should contact your doctor.

Be Gentle on your Skin and Allow Time to Heal

Do not apply makeup immediately after an IPL facial treatment. It’s best to try and minimize (or completely avoid) using makeup for the next 12 hours.

Keep skin clean by using a gentle cleanser twice a day, only use cold or warm water, and gently pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it.

In addition to using sunscreen, ensure that you keep your skin protected at all times by using a gentle moisturizer.

During the week or so following an IPL facial treatment, any pigmented spots in the treated areas may darken in color before eventually peeling off.

Other blemishes may also become apparent before they eventually flake off. It is imperative not to scratch or pick at your skin during this time, or you will run the risk of infection, possibly resulting in new scars and imperfections.

Avoid Skin Irritants

As your skin heals, you should avoid any products with the risk of irritation, or which might interfere with the healing process. The list of potential irritants includes products high in Vitamin A, such as retinoic acid, Tretinoin (Retin-A), and alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA).

Skin exfoliants should also be avoided for at least a week after each treatment, whether chemical or mechanical.

If needed, an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream can be used once or twice a day on any irritated areas, as long as the skin surface is intact.

Learn More About Our IPL in Los Angeles

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online to schedule an appointment.

 

How to Get Savvy about Sunscreen

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

Rain or shine, sun protection is an absolutely essential step in your beauty routine. Research has shown that exposure to UV radiation accelerates skin aging and increases the risk of developing skin cancers such as melanoma. As carefree sun lovers age, their skin develops leather-like texture riddled with sunspots and wrinkles. Those who are smart when it comes to sun exposure will enjoy smooth, beautiful skin for longer.

In the summer months, you should be especially careful about protecting your face and wear sunglasses and a broad brimmed hat if you are venturing outdoors. Additionally, you should protect any area of the skin that will be exposed to the sun by applying sunscreen. The efficacy of sunscreen products is measured by the SPF rating system. We recommend regularly using sunscreens that fall in the high protection category. These products range in value from SPF 30 to SPF 50.

Sunscreens are regulated in the US and Canada as an over the counter medication, while they are treated as a cosmetic product in Europe and Japan. Due to regulatory standards, not all sunscreens are created equal and the formulations and protection capabilities differ from region to region. There are three main components necessary to create a sunscreen, which include UV filters, emollients, and emulsifiers. Some of the most common UV filters used in American products are zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and octinoxate.

You can make the most of the formulations available in the US by following these 3 useful tips:

  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure
  • Reapply it every 2 hours
  • Apply 2 milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

Video: Beautiful and Flawless Skin with IPL Photofacial

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

A patient describes her experience with the IPL photofacial for her dark spots and fine lines. Find out how this quick, minimally invasive procedure resulted in smooth, clear skin that lets our patient go makeup-free.

 

5 Bridal Skincare Secrets You’ll Want To Know!

Posted on September 5, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so it makes sense that you’d want to look your best. Follow these tips to achieve clear, glowing, beautiful skin—just in time for your walk down the aisle.

1. Pay attention to the basics: a healthy diet, exercise, plenty of water, and at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

2. Try to avoid stressful situations. Too much stress can wreak havoc on your skin, causing acne and wrinkles.

3. Consider a Photofacial. Dealing with acne, sun damage, or hyperpigmentation? An IPL photofacial is a great way to revitalize your complexion for clear, even-toned skin on your big day. Just make sure to schedule this treatment at least three weeks before the wedding or any other important event. (more…)

More Beautiful Skin with an IPL Photofacial

Posted on July 6, 2015 by Ella Fedonenko

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What if you could easily improve your facial skin tone — boosting collagen and banishing spider veins, redness, brown spots and broken capillaries in the process? Through a powerful skin treatment known as an IPL photofacial, you can do just that. (more…)