If you’re still struggling with acne breakouts, you’re not alone. Acne is among the most common skin conditions in the world, affecting up to 50 million people each year in the United States alone. Research shows that up to 50% of adults aged 20 to 40 suffer from low-grade acne and oily skin. But no matter how common it is, acne is still a struggle to live with. The good news is you don’t have to anymore.
With the right treatment, you can effectively target both the cause and visible symptoms of acne-related skin conditions. Venus Concept’s dual-light acne treatments work to heal existing acne-related inflammation, while also destroying acne-causing bacteria to minimize future breakouts. The result is noticeably smoother, healthier-looking skin that you’ll be happy to show off.
Am I a good candidate for this treatment? / Will this treatment work for me?
The best candidate is someone who has acne and/or acne-related inflammation on the face or body.
For safety reasons, you may not be able to get this treatment if you have/are:
- Metal or other implants in the treatment area
- Current or history of cancer
- Pregnant or nursing
- Any diseases that can be stimulated by light (e.g. epilepsy)
- History of disease that can be stimulated by heat (e.g. herpes)
- Poorly controlled endocrine disorders (e.g. diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome)
- Any active condition in the treatment area (e.g. eczema, psoriasis, rash)
- History of skin disorders, keloids, unusual wound healing, or excessively dry and/or sensitive skin
- Any surgical procedures within the past 3 months
- A tattoo or permanent makeup in the treatment area
- Excessively tanned skin
I have darker skin - can I still get this treatment done?
These acne treatments work best for light to medium skin tones. The treatment may work on darker skin, but there is a higher risk of discoloration because darker skin has more pigment in it. It’s best to consult with your treatment provider to see if the treatment is right for you.
How long does it take?
The exact treatment times may vary depending on the patient, but a single session typically takes no longer than 30-45 minutes.
How many sessions do I need to see results?
Most patients receive a total of 8-10 treatments.
How frequently will the treatments be?
Treatments are usually done twice a week for a month. Your technician will insure that your appointments are scheduled no more than 3-4 days apart.
What do I need to prepare for the treatment?
Make sure your skin is clean. Do not apply any lotions, creams, or makeup before your session, and stop using any products that might irritate your skin 2-3 days before. You should also avoid tanning. You may be advised to shave the area before your treatment. Remove all jewelry around the area being treated.
How long does the treatment session last?
One session usually lasts 30-45 minutes, depending on the area being treated.
What does the treatment feel like?
The IPL treatment feels like a light snap or flick on the surface of the skin.
Will it be painful?
The applicator has a cooling feature built into it to make the treatment as comfortable as possible, but you might feel a bit of discomfort if you’re treating a more sensitive area, like the upper lip. If you find it too uncomfortable, let the operator know and they can adjust the treatment accordingly.
How will I feel after the treatment?
Your skin can feel warm, like a sunburn, with some redness, but other than that, you really shouldn’t feel any different if you follow instructions for before and after your treatment.
How long will result last? Are they permanent?
It depends on the severity of your skin and how well you take care of your skin after your treatment. We recommend a touch-up session twice a month, then monthly. Once the acne starts clearing up, you can then increase the time between maintenance treatments depending on how your skin responds to the treatment.
Is there truly no down time?
There is no downtime. You can return to your daily schedule immediately after your treatment. You may be slightly flushed after the treatment, which we can conceal for you if you need to return to your daily life. But there is no downtime.
Do I need anything after the treatment?
Avoid tanning for at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your treatment, and wear sunscreen (at least SPF 30). You should also avoid hot baths, massages, or any treatment that requires direct contact with the skin for the first 2 days after your treatment. Your technician will educate you on the best skin care practices for your skin.
Can I use makeup or lotion after treatment?
Yes, you can apply makeup immediately after your treatment, but make sure you put on sunscreen first.
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**Individual treatments may vary**