Having acne or pigmentation problems? You might want to consider adding an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment to your current facial treatment. Generally, IPL therapy serves as a good compliment to facial treatments as it speeds up the recovery process, which tends to produce better results as the IPL technology allows deeper penetration into the skin, rejuvenating and enhance renewal of collagen which helps in the absorption of products.

The IPL system releases yellow, green and red lights that are emitted in a series of short pulses. The yellow/green light destroys the bacteria which causes acne that thrives in our skin, while the red light directly targets the overactive sebaceous glands that cause outbreaks of pustules (pimples). The light conversion to heat is targeted accurately to the cells deep in the skin, initiating shrinkage of the inflamed sebaceous glands which helps to prevent over-production of excess sebum. Additionally, IPL treatment is effecting in correcting common skin pigmentation problems such as age spots, sun-induced freckles, and symptoms of rosacea, birthmarks, and unsightly veins, acne scarring and other blemishes.

IPL – Black Magic for Skin Rejuvenation

If you are looking for skin rejuvenation, consider the Black Magic™ IPL Treatment instead. Black Magic™ treatment does not target pigments, but aims to rejuvenate the skin instead, by tightening the pores and reducing sebum production. Black Magic™ treatment uses a proprietary formula created in Korea, known as The Photo Reborn Gel or Plasma Magic Gel.  Unlike conventional IPL Gel, which has a clear colour, the Plasma Magic Gel is black.

 

Normal IPL treatment uses an IPL gel that helps prevent light from scattering during the treatment. During a normal IPL treatment, there may be some loss of energy during travelling of light when it’s penetrating into the skin. However, the formulated Plasma Magic Gel can greatly reduce the energy loss and better absorb the light for better results using less energy. Thus, the Black Magic treatment therefore works effectively by diminishing the look of pores and reduces oiliness of skin.

LED Light Therapy

An IPL session at Porcelain includes the use of LED lights to target various skin problems. The LED Light Therapy is a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses non-invasive, non-ablative Red Light Therapy & Blue Light Therapy, and Infrared Light treatment for anti-aging skincare, facial wrinkles, acne treatment, stretch marks and more. It is very common to see that red light therapy associated with anti-aging and blue light therapy to fight acne. The following light colours used in a typical LED Light Therapy treatment tell you the benefits associated with each colour:

 

Red

  • Encourages collagen & elastin regeneration
  • Increases oxygen & blood flow hence perfect to prevent inflammation + acne

Blue

  • Kills bacteria, hence helps with acne

Green

  • Reduces hyper pigmentation
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Smoothen fine lines and wrinkles

Yellow

  • Helps treat sunburns, redness, swelling and eczema

 

Want a certain colour to zero in on your problems? A typical treatment at Porcelain will have our friendly therapists selecting the right combination of colours to cater to your unique skin type.

If you are currently undergoing facial treatment for acne or pigmentation, adding on IPL treatments will be a great compliment as technology enables deeper penetration of the products compared to normal facial treatments. For the treatment of problem skin, this means achieving expected results in a faster and more effective manner.

PS: In conjunction with our 3rd birthday, Porcelain is having 1 for 1 promotions for IPL and Black Magic™ IPL Treatments. Click here to book now! Offer ends 31 July 2012.

By Jenny Teng, Director Aesthetician, Porcelain The Face Spa

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Anti-Aging is….

Achieving a balance within your skin between moisture and sebum level. It means maintaining a high level of collagen and elastin production, and low level of oxidation within the skin hence, reducing signs of aging.

2. How do I stop the clock?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to do so as chronological aging is part of life. We can prevent the signs of aging from showing by increasing our level of anti-oxidants to prevent free radical damages, stimulating collagen, elastin production and skin’s natural regenerating ability with technology such as Radio Frequency, Intense Pulsed Light, LED and reduce our sun exposure by applying sunscreen.

3. At what age should I start my anti-aging regime?

You should start your general skincare regime during puberty. Anti-aging should not be separated from your routine skincare regime. Revise your home care and professional treatments with your aesthetician or doctor every year to evaluate your changing needs. The skin begins to age around 25 to 30, however, many young skin display signs of premature aging due to improper care and lack of sun protection.

4. How do I prevent premature aging?

The number one cause of premature aging of the skin is caused by sun overexposure. It causes skin dehydration and discoloration of the skin’s pigment, which results in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, freckles and other forms of pigments. We recommend that sunscreen to be applied daily prior to sun exposure, even when you are spending most of your time indoors. Next, frequent exfoliation of your skin can reduce dead skin cell buildup and stimulate cell regeneration.

That will help prevent and reduce existing signs of aging. Keeping your cells moist keep skin looking plump and firm. Use products such as Hyaluronic Acid to enable that and eat foods that are high in water content to keep your skin well hydrated at the cellular level.

Book an Age-Defying Quintessential Facial with Jenny Teng now!

Contest Period: Extended to 31st June 2011!!!

How It Works:

1. Bloggers are to read about Black Magic on our blog

2. Blog about Black Magic and how it is different from other IPL treatments.

3. Post your blog post link on our Facebook Fan Page.

4. Get your friends to “like” Porcelain, The Face Spa and your post on Facebook.

5. At the end of the contest, the posts with the most “likes” wins!

Note that by participating in the contest, bloggers will be entitled to a Complimentary RevitalEye Luxx worth $85 and an exclusive price for a Black Magic trial at $108 (U.P $480)!

 

Stand a chance to win the Grand Prize worth $1058 which includes:

1. 1 x Black Magic Session worth $480

2. 1 x Quintessential Facial worth $380

3. 1 x Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel worth $98

4. 1 x $50 Gift Certificate off Products worth $50

5. 1 x $50 Gift Certificate off Services worth $50

Rules of the Contest

1. Blog post on black magic is to be one of the top 3 posts on blog’s main page throughout contest period

2. When bloggers post on our Facebook, they are to edit their privacy settings and change the wall post visibility to “Everyone” to ensure all contestants and the Porcelain     Management can see their wall post and the number of likes.

Information on Black Magic

How does IPL work?

IPL uses a sophisticate technology (Xenon flash lamp and optical prisms or filters) to instantly vaporize damaged cells placed deeper in the skin harming neither the surrounding tissue nor the top skin layer. While Microdermabrasion treatments such as Diamond Peel and Crystal peel targets at resurfacing the superficial layer of the skin, IPL penetrates deeper into the dermis to stimulate cell regeneration from within.

IPL systems work on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells without color in the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the target area. IPL systems are different to lasers in that they deliver any wavelengths (or colors) in each pulse of light instead of just one wavelength. Most IPL systems use filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain areas. This enhances penetration without using excessive energy levels and enables targeting of specific chromophores (these are skin components that absorb light).

IPL Therapy is considered non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis). The results are not as dramatic as ablative resurfacing where both dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome. The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – a patient can often have the procedure done in their lunch break an return to work immediately afterwards.

Results of IPL

– Before and After IPL


Conventional IPL Gel

 

 

Before the IPL treatment starts, you’ll be given protective eyewear to protect you from the bright flashes of light. A cooling layer of gel, also known as IPL Gel, will be applied to the treatment area. It serves to cool the epidermis during the treatment and prevent light from scattering. IPL gel conducts better light absorption to target the Chromophores (blood vessels and melanin) during the treatment; thus, the melanin of the pigmented area will absorb the light and disperse the melanin inside.

Plasma Magic Gel

Black Magic Treatment uses a proprietary formula created in Korea, known a The Photo Reborn Gel or Plasma Magic Gel.  Unlike conventional IPL Gel, which has a clear color, the Plasma Magic Gel is black. Black Magic Treatment does not target pigments, but aims to rejuvenate the skin by tightening the pores and reducing sebum production.

Difference between IPL Gel and Plasma Magic Gel

Light Depth & Intensity

The light depths are the same for Black Magic and conventional IPL as it is the filter of the hand piece, which controls the depth. Typically, IPL comes with two filters, one for hair removal and the other for skin rejuvenation. Light depth depends on the wavelength of the filter. The wavelength for hair removal is 700nm – 950nm whereas for skin rejuvenation, the wavelength ranges from 560nm – 950nm.

The intensity of the light depends on the energy fluency during the treatment. As the Plasma Magic Gel is formulated to increase efficiency in light absorption, only 10J is required for the treatment. Half of what is required for conventional IPL treatments.

Black Magic FAQ:

How is Black Magic Gel Different from Conventional IPL Gel?

As mentioned, normal IPL treatment is using IPL gel helps prevent light from scattering during the treatment. During a normal IPL treatment, there may be some loss of energy during travelling of light when it’s penetrating into the skin. The formulated Plasma Magic Gel can greatly reduce the energy loss and better absorb the light for better results using less energy.

What makes Black Magic IPL Gel Effective and Unique?

Black Magic treatment works effectively diminishing the look of pores and reduces oiliness of skin. The concept is derived from Carbon Peel of Q-Switch Laser treatment, which normally can be only performed by doctors. Black Magic Treatment is of lower intensity but drawing from the same logical principals of the already well known treatment.

Why Haven’t Other People Done it?

 

IPL treatment has reached a mature stage in the market since entering the market many years ago. As a hub at the forefront of innovating technology, Korea has created a twist to a conventional treatment to differentiate and offer something unique to the market.

Are There any Risks Involved?

 

Clinical trials have proven that the Black Magic Treatment is safe when kept within certain energy levels. Patients taking steroids or any anti-coagulant drugs, or experience photosensitive, sun tanned within 30 days should avoid doing the treatment.

What are the Expected Aftereffects?

Sometimes, we may experience breakouts after the treatment. There are two explanations for that.

1. The skin may be too dry and the patient may experience itchiness post-treatment.

2. P-Acne bacteria in the skin have reacted with the light and heat and have been killed. The process of healing and detoxification may cause minor breakouts.

For both reasons above, it is recommended to apply more repair gel and hydration gel along with sunscreen post-treatment.

For those who are ridiculed because of their unwanted hair, they can have them removed through permanent hair removal so that they do not have to pluck or shave anymore. Having yourself waxed or undergoing electrolysis are two painful ways to remove hair. Considering the alternatives, lasers make an excellent hair removal option. With waxing, hairs grow back in about a month. Electrolysis, while it might destroy hairs permanently, is tedious, time consuming, painful, and can result in scarring.

What is IPL?


IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It is a technology aimed at producing light of high intensity during a very short period of time. It involves specific lamps together with capacitors whose rapid discharge provides the high energy required.

It is a method of hair removal from the body most commonly employed by medical practitioners and esthetician. It involves the use of a specially constructed xenon flash light and focusing optics.

Cheaper and faster than laser hair removal, the IPL removal procedure has become very popular. Although the precise effectiveness of IPL compared to laser epilation is debated by scientists, equipment manufacturers and practitioners, their results are generally accepted to be roughly equivalent. IPL can also be used as a skin treatment in a process known as photo-rejuvenation.

How does it work?

(Extracted from Dermnetnz)

IPL systems work on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells with colour (chromophores) in the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target area. IPL systems are different to lasers in that they deliver many wavelengths (or colours) in each pulse of light instead of just one wavelength. Most IPL systems use filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain areas. This enhances penetration without using excessive energy levels and enables targetting of specific chromophores (these are skin components that absorb light).

IPL therapy is considered a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis). The results are not as dramatic as ablative resurfacing where both the dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome. The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – a patient can often have the procedure done in their lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards.

Before & After

{Image extracted from Google}

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LED light therapy is a non-invasive procedure done with panels of red and/or blue lights. It delivers low-level pulses of light up to three times brighter than the sun to activate skin cells. It was first researched by NASA for use in the U.S. Space Program, as its treatments are non-invasive yet highly effective.

LED Light Therapy - A NASA Skin Treatment

Credit: Hybrid

Red LED Light Therapy & Anti-Ageing

Red LED Light is able to penetrate deeply into skin tissue. It thus stimulates cellular regeneration to create collagen & elastin. Collagen helps plump up the skin while elastin keeps the skin firm, reducing fine lines & wrinkles. It also promotes healing, blood circulation and lymphatic activity.

Blue LED Light Therapy & Anti-Acne

Medical-grade blue LED light has been proven effective in reducing acne by killing bacteria. Coupled with red LED light which can reduce inflammation, this combination is a documented therapy for acne control.

IPL / Laser Treatments VS LED Light Therapy

Most other light-based treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser treatments rely on thermal injuring to the skin’s dermal layers.  This includes blood vessels, nerve endings and such to create changes in the skin’s appearance. LED Treatments don’t rely on thermal energy, being able to produce a diffuse & uniform light that penetrates more deeply without causing tissue damage.

The Cosmetic Benefits Of LED Light Therapy

  • Smooths out and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Clears blemishes
  • Reduces pore size
  • Firms and tones skin
  • Smooths out and balances skin texture
  • Increase collagen production
  • Reduces melanin that causes pigmentation, age spots and discolourations
  • Increases blood circulation and moisture
  • Decreases scarring, redness, dry patches, itching and sensitivity caused by eczema
  • Stimulates metabolic functions
  • Decreases puffiness around eyes
  • Kills acne causing bacteria
  • Heals existing acne
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Prevents breakouts
  • Minimizes acne scarring

LED Light Therapy is not suitable for you if you are:

  • Pregnant
  • Photo-Allergic
  • Diagnosed with:
    • Epilepsy
    • Thyroid Condition
  • On medication that causes light sensitivity (e.g. Tetracyline)

 


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