IPL Treatments

IPL treatments are a technology used to perform skin treatments for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes, but what are the benefits?

Product Recommendation for IPL Treatments: HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36

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IPL Treatments


From an IPL facial treatment for sun damage, hair removal or sunspots, we know it’s hard to keep track of all the different skin rejuvenation procedures out there. We’ve created a beginner's guide to take a deep dive into the top trending skincare procedures. In this guide we focus on 3 little letters: I-P-L.

What Does IPL Stand For & What Does It Do? 

IPL = Intense Pulsed Light treatment, also referred to as “Photofacial” 

What is it = IPL photofacial is a technology used by cosmetic and medical practitioners to perform skin treatments for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes. 

A handheld device is passed across the skin’s surface delivering pulses of broad-spectrum light to the deep layers of the skin. Since the handheld device employs a light to influence the skin on a molecular level, there is no need for any incisions or injections. You can think of it as a blinking flashlight, sending out scattered wavelengths of light, making an IPL a skin treatment that is very targeted for specific problem areas or skin concerns.

What Do IPL Procedures Do For Your Skin?

An IPL photofacial treatment uses the power of broadband light to improve the appearance of brown spots/dark spots, sunspots from sun exposure, rosacea, age spots, and skin texture. The treatment can also be used for hair removal, photo rejuvenation, as well as to alleviate dermatologic conditions like acne. It is a popular treatment because it's effective, affordable, and non-invasive. Not all skin types may be a candidate for IPL, so you should consult with medical provider on risks to darker skin types.

What Does The IPL Treatment Look and Feel Like? 

IPL is usually a series of treatments (3-6) depending on needs of patient. As shown in this video, ALASTIN Skincare partner, Dr. Amir Moradi from MoradiMD, shares a behind-the-scenes look at an IPL treatment on the face and arms.

How To Get The Best Results From An IPL Treatment

Skin Preparation: Start 7-14 Days Pre-Procedure

Preparing and supporting early skin conditioning before your procedure can help you to achieve the most optimal skin priming prior to a cosmetic procedure. Many practitioners recommend discontinuing retinol/retinoid use for several days prior procedure and several days to weeks after procedure. Using the proper skincare 7–14 days prior to a cosmetic procedure creates healthier skin that supports the renewal of skin damage post-procedure. 

For IPL procedures, incorporating the TriHex Transition Duo before and after treatment can help maximize procedure results by supporting the skin's natural ability to clear out damaged elastin and collagen. The TriHex Transition Duo includes the Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology® and Restorative Skin Complex with TriHex Technology® to ensure a smooth transition to daily skincare after recovery to help maintain the benefits of the procedure. These two specialized products promote the benefits of recycling, rebuilding, and replenishing the skin matrix in order to maintain a healthy glow and youthful appearance.

Recommended Daily Skincare Regimen before a Cosmetic Procedure




Have questions about an IPL therapy or pairing ALASTIN Skincare products pre- and post-treatment based on your skin type? We recommend you speak with your skincare provider.

Whether you’re looking for more information on how IPL photofacials are different from a laser treatment or want to learn more about other procedures such as skin resurfacing, injectables, skin tightening or body contouring we have skincare experts that can help. There are safe solutions for reducing fine lines or wrinkles, skin discoloration or facial redness, smoothing out deep creases, removing unwanted hair, supporting new collagen production, and tightening loose skin.

Important Notes:

  • Rarely, there is bruising, which can take 1-2 weeks to heal. 
  • For freckles, sunspots and age spots, it is normal for them to look darker for 3-7 days.
  • Crusting can occur in the treatment area, which may last up to ten days.

How Much Do IPL Treatments Cost?

The cost depends on the condition and size of the area being treated. On average the cost can range from $600 to $1,200, being that there may be different costs associated with topical numbing creams, follow-up visits, or post-procedure skincare. It is important to note that because IPL is considered a cosmetic procedure, most health insurance plans will not cover the cost.

Product Recommendations for IPL


Daily Skincare

HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36

UVA/UVB protection with a hint of tint.

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Treatment Enhancing Skincare

Regenerating Skin Nectar
with TriHex Technology®

Formulated to enhance cosmetic treatment outcomes.

106 reviews View Product

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Restorative Skin Complex
with TriHex Technology®

Addresses all visible signs of aging on the face.

153 reviews View Product

Treatment Enhancing Skincare

TriHex Transition Duo

A kit designed to enhance results of skin-rejuvenating treatments.

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Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer
with TriHex Technology®

Designed to help calm, nourish, and hydrate skin.

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Gentle Cleanser

Self-foaming, sulfate-free cleanser.

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