Intense pulsed light IPL is a technology used by cosmetic and medical practitioners to perform various skin treatments for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes, including hair removal , photorejuvenation e. Various cutoff filters are commonly used to selectively filter out shorter wavelengths, especially potentially damaging ultra violet light. The resulting light has a spectral range that targets specific structures and chromophores e. IPL shares some similarities with laser treatments, in that they both use light to heat and destroy their targets. But unlike lasers that use a single wavelength color of light which typically matches only one chromophore and hence only treats one condition, IPL uses a broad spectrum that when used with interchangeable filters, allows it to be used against several conditions. This can be achieved when the IPL technician selects the appropriate filter that matches a specific chromophore. Cooling is used to protect the skin in contact with the device.
As a beauty editor, it's practically a job requirement to avoid the sun and preach the gospel of SPF to everyone you meet. But for me, it wasn't always that way. Pre-beauty editor days, I spent some time in sun-drenched Australia—where, as my dermatologist put it, "every year of sun exposure is equivalent to 20 years here" in frigid Canada. Okay, that's probably not an exact scientific measurement, but the man had a point. Even though I have noregrets about my time there c'mon, like I'm gonna avoid the beach!
Sign In or Register. Intense Pulsed Light IPL Photofacial is a laser light treatment that targets pigment issues, such as brown spots, sun damage and red spots, and Rosacea. The bright light passes through the epidermis, drawing out the pigment producing cells and dispersing the uneven pigment. IPL Photofacial can be used on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, back arms, legs and just about anywhere else.