Sorting out the confusion: Skincare versus clinical treatment and IPL versus BBL

Sorting out the confusion: Skincare versus clinical treatment and IPL versus BBL

April 1, 2023

When it comes to dealing with skin problems, many of us face the dilemma of choosing between skincare or clinical treatments. While Retinol is a popular ingredient that can effectively treat various skin issues, it may not always be the most effective choice. The type and intensity of the skin issue should determine the right skin journey to embark on.

For example, if you are dealing with stubborn dark spots and dynamic wrinkles caused by overexposure to the sun or repetitive muscle movements, clinical intervention is necessary for serious results. Wrinkle relaxers can be the most effective treatment to reverse the appearance of deep skin folds. Laser resurfacing treatments such as ACTION II can help reduce fine lines and moderately deep wrinkles.

If you are dealing with skin tone inconsistencies due to acne scarring, brown sunspots, or red blood vessels, IPL laser treatments like SOLARI™ can be effective. SkinPen® can help target acne scars, pigmentation, and more by creating controlled micro-injuries that stimulate the body’s natural healing process.

Mild pigmentation, acne, and static wrinkles can often be prevented and maintained with medical-grade skincare and the occasional individualized treatment. Ingredients like Vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acids, Hyaluronic Acid, and Retinol can contribute to making a difference. Depending on the extent of the difference you want to see, you can determine your personal skincare journey. If you are not satisfied with the results after a couple of months, clinical treatments can be the next step. Regular dates with Healite II can significantly improve acne-causing bacteria, acne scarring, collagen production, and skin rejuvenation. Occasional treatments like Hydrabrasion or Medical Microdermabrasion can also help combat blackheads, pimples, and cysts caused by pore buildup.

IPL and BBL: is one better than the other?

Truth be told, there is not much difference between IPL and BBL. While BBL stands for Broad Band Light and IPL for Intense Pulsed Light, the main difference lies in how they have been marketed. Both are effective light therapy treatments that work by delivering a constant, non-invasive steady stream of light energy and heat.

Both IPL and BBL have the following benefits and features:

  • Use contact cooling for a comfortable procedure
  • Work by using a range of light waves that target haemoglobin and melanin, and heat the skin to stimulate collagen production
  • Ensure results in reducing fine lines, acne scarring, freckles, sunspots, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone and texture
  • Use non-invasive light waves to rejuvenate skin
  • Treat skin on any area of the body

While some may argue that BBL offers more effective results through a higher intensity of light to better heat the skin, the two offer the exact same benefits and functions. The number of treatments required for maximum benefit varies on the individual patient. SOLARI™ is a guaranteed safe and effective IPL treatment that you can consider.