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Is IPL Acne Treatment the Solution for Embarrassing Acne Scars?

Would you be willing to pay thousands of dollars for a series of professional IPL acne treatments to get rid of embarrassing scars?

While IPL acne treatments have been proven safe by the American Academy of Dermatology, they can often be incredibly expensive and are not even completely guaranteed to remove acne scarring in the skin. [1]

Fortunately, there is a much simpler solution that you can use to naturally heal your skin and stimulate new cell growth from the inside out…

What Is IPL Acne Treatment?

According to the Acne Resource Center, 85% of teenagers from the ages of 12 to 24 struggle with acne, leaving a whopping 25% with permanent scarring that is moderate to severe in its intensity. [2]

At any given time, the American Dermatologist Association reveals that 20% of adults struggle with acne, which is roughly 60 million Americans. Of this number, 20 million Americans have acne that is severe enough to leave long-term scarring in their skin. [2]

When you take into account how many Americans are suffering with acne scarring at any given time, it’s no wonder that so many people seek out professional help in the form of IPL acne treatment. But what are you supposed to do if the IPL acne treatment that you have trusted in and poured money into takes much longer than expected to relieve your acne scars, if at all?

IPL acne treatment stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and it is used to control the acne bacteria that mixes with oil and dead skin to create a lesion on the surface of the skin. IPL acne treatments are intended to kill acne bacteria and shrink the sebaceous glands that produce excess oil in the skin.

Let’s find out what several acne sufferers from the acne.org forums had to say about IPL acne scar treatments:

  • Can get expensive
  • Painful (depending upon the settings)
  • Semi-permanently removes facial hair for guys
  • May cause slight breakout after treatment

The horror stories from lasers IPL, Fraxel, are enough to keep me away for life no matter how bad my skin becomes.

I’ve had photo rejuv twice and it made my marks really really red and more noticeable…

While IPL may seem like the ideal solution since it is treating some of the symptoms of acne, IPL acne treatments are missing the main point since they are only dealing with the surface issue of acne breakouts in the skin.

The truth is that acne stems much deeper than the surface of the skin, and it all starts with an imbalanced diet full of processed and fatty foods that will negatively affect the immune system and wreak havoc on the digestive tract to leave the skin vulnerable to acne bacteria and outbreaks.

Although IPL acne scar treatments have provided some results in smoothing out the skin and reducing acne scarring, the fact is that this technology is still new and requires much more research to determine its long-term side effects. Patients that use IPL acne scar treatment cannot expect instant results, and a minimum of three treatments are necessary to see any improvement in the skin.

On top of that, after an IPL acne scar treatment series has been completed, the acne may remain in remission for up to six months, but it is likely that you will need further treatments to maintain your results and reduce scarring in your skin.

When you take into account that IPL acne treatments are often not covered by insurance since they are still seen as experimental, this could weigh heavy on your wallet since the cost for a single treatment could range anywhere from $300-$600.

Believe it or not, there still is good news in all of this if you want to get rid of your acne scarring for good!

While IPL acne scar treatments focus on the surface issue of reducing existing acne scars in the skin, you can begin to make healthy dietary changes that will provide your skin with the vital nutrients that it needs to stimulate new cell growth and repair damage from the inside out.

On top of that, correcting imbalances in your diet will eliminate acne triggers in the first place while purging harmful toxins from your body to naturally clear up your skin. The truth is that if you are looking for a long-term solution to get rid of acne and heal acne scars, balancing your diet is a cheap, effective, and completely risk free way to clarify your skin from the inside out!

Sources:

  1. “Ipl Acne Treatment | LIVESTRONG.COM.” LIVESTRONG.COM – Lose Weight & Get Fit with Diet, Nutrition & Fitness Tools. 23 Mar. 2010. Web. 01 Feb. 2011. http://www.livestrong.com/article/95396-ipl-acne-treatment/.
  2. “Acne Statistics.” Acne Resource Center. Web. 01 Feb. 2011. <http://www.acne-resource.org/understanding-acne/acne-statistics.html>.

About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.

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I have tried every kind of diet imaginable to get rid of my acne. NONE of them have worked. I feel as though this article totally trivialises and suggests a completely impractical solution for what has been for me a seriously debilitating problem that has killed my self esteem and made me very depressed. Sometimes, acne has nothing to do with what you eat, how much you drink, what vitamins you consume… sometimes it is a genetically caused hormone imbalance and there’s nothing diet can do to change it. How dare you try to stop people from seeking proper help. This article is a load of quack.

agreed.

Here here!! Couldn’t agree with you more Penelope!!

Could not agree more…If only more doctors/dermatologists had this point of view when dealing with acne.

I agree too and wish people had more compassion for those who suffer from acne, yes it is not a “physical disability” per se in that you can still function, but not really normally as you will always wear the pain and scars on your face. When I was younger and had acne, my mother refused to let me go for any treatments or see any doctor. She said “They’ll go away when you grow up.” Yea right. They didn’t. But when I got older I had no money to afford it – still can’t actually. I’m 28 now and still suffering from acne. And no, diet doesn’t change anything for me either. I really wish there was an affordable treatment I could consider. :(

Ok so I never had acne until I turned 26, after getting out of the hospital due to a tylenol allergy which caused liver/ kidney failure, and I tried everything, but it turned out it was hormonal, so I went on spironalactone (may be spelled wrong), its an anti-androgen which lowers testosterone since its an anti-androgen (main cause of hormonal acne). I had 68 zits, 9 cysts, and 7 nodules at one time and this cleared it up. It takes 12 weeks to get into blood but it has a low incidence of side effects. The ipl helped the redness left over from it after clearing it up and I don’t know where you guys are going that it costs that much per time (beverly hills or something), mine were 100 per treatment on sale and 130 not on sale. Diet would not do it for me, it may inhibit hormones and acne to a point but it hardly clears it. Spiro helps 80 percent of people with hormonal acne. Try it, I had perfect skin for years that I never appreciated it, but now its back due to retin a and spiro. I wish anyone with this luck in clearing it up, I could not even imagine having it as a teenager, due to the already clique type mentality and issues of insecurity that come with it.

Thanks for sharing your story.

Many will find that if they rely on prescription drugs to clear up their acne, it returns with a vengeance after some time.

Diet done properly gives clear skin that lasts a lifetime. It’s a lifestyle choice.

-G

I agree completely with Penelope. Why is the author singling out just IPL to attack? How does she feel about chemical peels and other acne treatments? I’ve done IPL treatments and loved the results. It might get pricey, but it works. I eat as healthy as I possibly can and that has never helped clear up my skin. You can tell that Bethany Ramos is not any kind of an expert that she claims to be.

I had acne from 13-19 its ruined my teenage years. I tried everything from pills…medical and herbal…i went to a naturopath who put me on a very strick diet…clinics which charged $2500 for a 12 week programm…i have even had needles put in my pimples…pro-active like seriously everything out there. The only thing that worked was this hardcore medication called roaccutane within 3 months on this treatment my face had completely cleared up…i mean totally clear…7 years of acne gone…I am now nearly 24 and honestly i would say i have only had 5-10 pimples in 5 years since that 6month treatment? What can you say about that? It does have really horrible side effects in some..for me nothing.. it was the best thing to happen in my life! I want to get IPL has i have a tiny bit of scaring next to my left eye and my chin i feel doesnt look smoothe..so year this article is a load of crap written by someone who doesnt have a clue what they are talking about. Xx

I tried every medication and diet as a teenager. Nothing worked and eventually I took Roaccutane 3 years ago when I was 20. It was great and cleared up my acne completely. I had amazingly smooth skin that looked airbrushed. However, a few months after I finished the course my acne gradually started to return and is now back again, although it has never been nearly as bad as before i took roaccutane (thank goodness!)
I thought about taking roaccutane again but the doctors advised against it and I was also hesitant because it thinned my skin a bit (i look >5yrs older than my age) and after I finished it I got terrible migraines for around 6 months which, even though they went away, scared me. two other girls i know took roaccutane and never got acne again, although one of them has extremely oily, thick skin and the other has the opposite- very thin, red skin, so i think it works differently for everyone depending on the cause of their acne.
My acne has made me very health conscious so I eat a healthy diet and exercise daily and take care of my skin and i’m always looking for something else that might work, trying different diets, cutting out different foods, taking certain supplements etc. Nothing has worked so far but I’m still hoping it will ..12 years later!
I’m not able to afford lasers right now but can’t wait until i can because it seems like the only hope i have left for clear skin, & i’ll try anything!

I agree 100% with you guys, I got acne in my twenties after the birth of my second child, I got the full force of this terrible disease, I have tried everything, natural remedies,creams,lotions, I took a course of roaccutane as a last resort this settled my acne for a few years, but slowly started to come back but not as bad, I have been on pro-activ for the last 5 years or so and this does help me as well as good exfoliation everyday. I have had a full face laser resurfacing this has made my skin a lot better but I still have the scars which I have been doing research to get rid of them, this is how I found this site. By the way I have an excellent diet and exercise regime which I find just adds to my wellbeing, I am in the process of studying nutrition but my acne still comes and goes, it is a hormonal thing for me. I am now 46 yrs old, lol Id love to hear her explain this one!!

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