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

This content was reviewed by Ilanit Samuels PA-C

IPL Treatments


What Are IPL Treatments?

Intense Pulsed Light therapy, commonly known as IPL, is used to perform skin treatments for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes. During the treatment, a handheld device is passed across the skin’s surface delivering pulses of broad-spectrum light to the deep layers of the skin. 

You can think of it as a powerful 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. This treatment is sometimes referred to as a “photofacial.”

What Do IPL Procedures Do For Your Skin? 

An IPL photofacial treatment uses the power of broadband light to improve the appearance of dark spots, sunspots from sun exposure, rosacea, age spots, and skin texture. The treatment can also be used for hair removal, photo rejuvenation, and 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 a medical provider. Find a healthcare provider in your area here. 

What Does The IPL Treatment Look and Feel Like? 

IPL is usually a series of treatments (typically 3 to 6) depending on the needs of the 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

Make the post of your IPL treatment by modifying your topical skincare routine before and after the procedure. Many practitioners recommend discontinuing retinol/retinoid use for several days prior to procedure and several days after. 

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. This package 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.

Do IPL Treatments Have Side Effects?

IPL therapy is safe when performed by an accredited provider—but some patients do experience mild side effects. Occasionally, bruising may occur, which can take a week or two to heal. If you have freckles, sun spots, or age spots, it’s normal for these areas to appear darker for up to a week. Additionally, crusting or scabbing may occur in the treatment area, which can last up to 10 days. Using proper procedure skincare like Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology® before and after your treatment will help to encourage and speed up healing.  

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. 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

Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen


Calming & moisturizing with UVA/UVB protection.

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HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36


Powerful sun 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.

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Restorative Skin Complex
with TriHex Technology®


Addresses all visible signs of aging on the face.

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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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