What Do I Need to Do Before IPL?
To minimize any potential side effects, you must prepare yourself before the appointment:
Protect your skin from the sun (SPF 30). Stop using any form of Vitamin A acid, retinoids and skin medication for 60 days. Ensure your skin is unbroken and not sunburnt.
What Do I Need To Do After the IPL Treatment?
To minimize any potential side effects, individuals who’ve just undergone an IPL photo facial should:
immediately apply moisturizer and sunscreen before leaving. Avoid the sun as much as possible for the duration of the treatment plan and the next two weeks following the final IPL photofacial treatment. Do not perform an intensive exercise for 48 hours. Avoid using any form of Vitamin A acid for the duration of the treatment plan, including retinoic acid, glycolic acid, tretinoin (Retin-A) and alpha-hydroxy acids. Avoid using accutane. Moisturize frequently
Is there any downtime or recovery after IPL?
No, Intense pulsed light is a safer alternative to laser treatments. This means that you will have no downtime, but you may experience redness for 24 hours. You can book an appointment on your lunch break and go back to work right after, no problem.