IPL acne treatment

Acne treatment with IPL is for people with mild to moderate inflammatory acne. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a method where intense pulsed light is directed into the deeper layers of the skin, significantly improving the appearance of the skin. The laser beam, with a specific wavelength used for the IPL treatment, penetrates the layer of skin where the sebaceous glands are located and destroys acne-causing bacteria by raising the temperature of the tissues.  This reduces inflammation and redness of the skin as well as sebum secretion. In addition, IPL stimulates the synthesis of collagen, which makes the skin more elastic and firm.

IPL is a common technology used worldwide to treat acne. Our clinic uses a modern Lumenis M22 device. The specialist selects and modifies the parameters and filters according to the patient’s skin problems and the desired results, using light wavelengths between 400 and 1200 nm. Light beams can be used to specifically target the problem area without damaging the surrounding skin. IPL’s short, rapid pulses make the treatment relatively painless and comfortable.

The IPL treatment can be performed as a monotherapy, on average four to eight times depending on the problem and the degree of acne; however, a complex approach is recommended for best results. In addition to the procedures performed with the IPL device, lifestyle and proper daily skin care are important and, if necessary, acid peels and antibiotic treatment as well. A referral to a dermatologist may be required to prescribe treatment.

Before performing the procedure, we recommend consulting a laser treatment specialist regarding the suitability of the procedure and to avoid possible risks and complications. During the consultation, a specialist will make a thorough facial analysis, evaluate the possible results, explain everything related to the treatment and give instructions for proper aftercare at home.

What are the contraindications?

  • Oncological diseases, epilepsy, melasma, keloid scars, active herpes
  • Tanned skin – avoid sunbathing for at least three to four weeks before the treatment, including going to the solarium
  • The procedure is not performed during antibiotic treatment; three to four weeks must have passed since the last medication intake
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • The treatment is not performed on persons under the age of 18 without the consent of a parent or guardian

Contraindications are relative and the final decision on the treatment is made by the specialist during the personal examination and consultation before the treatment.

What should you take into consideration before and after the treatment?

  • Avoid tanning for at least three to four weeks before the treatment, including visiting the solarium (risk of pigmentation).
  • Avoid the use of self-tanning products for two to four weeks before and after the treatment.
  • Stop using products containing retinol or similar active ingredients three days before the treatment. Once the skin has recovered from the treatment, you can resume using them.
  • At least six months should have passed since taking medicines containing isotretinoin.
  • Inform the specialist about the medicines you are taking before coming for the treatment.
  • Alcohol consumption is not recommended for at least one day before and after the procedure.
  • Avoid intensive exercise for two to seven days after the treatment, depending on skin sensitivity.
  • Avoid saunas and hot baths for at least two weeks after the treatment.
  • Avoid tanning for at least three to four weeks after the treatment; use SPF 50 sunscreen for at least two weeks.
  • Leave a gap of at least two weeks from/to other facial treatments.
  • After the treatment, acne may flare up, which is a normal reaction and will subside within a few weeks.


Confido Medical Centre
Veerenni 51, Tallinn


Duration up to
IPL acne treatment consultation
25 €
20 min
IPL acne treatment on cheeks
150 €
20 min
IPL acne treatment on face
190 €
30 min
IPL acne treatment on décolleté
220 €
30 min
IPL acne treatment on the back of shoulders
250 €
45 min
IPL acne treatment on back
300 €
60 min

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