BBL and IPL Treatments – What’s the Difference?

At some point in our quest for smoother and brighter skin, we may have heard of various laser treatments like Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and Forever Young BroadBand Light (BBL) as ways to remove skin blemishes. But what sets them apart from each other, and – because all of us have different types of skin – which treatment would best serve us?

It’s time we shed some light on what are the differences between IPL and BBL treatments.

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IPLs and Its Shortcomings

IPL treatments tend to have a higher chance of burning dark-skinned individuals due to their high melanin count.

In one of our earlier posts, we shared how IPLs are effective lasers in removing hair. IPLs are also effective in removing skin pigmentations like sunspots. The process in which they remove pigmentations are similar to how they remove unwanted hair on our bodies.

For hair removal, IPL lasers use visible light on a broad area of the body, heating the air and causing damage to the hair follicles. For skin pigmentations, this light is targeted on the body to penetrate the skin’s second layer, allowing the pigment cells to absorb the heat and get destroyed.

We also mentioned in our previous post that dark-skinned individuals have a higher tendency to get burnt by IPLs compared to light-skinned individuals. This is because dark-skinned individuals have a higher melanin count for the IPLs to heat up that it increases the likelihood of skin damage. On top of that, quality IPL machines are expensive – the availability of cheap IPL machines comes with a cost in quality. When the cheaper options are entrusted into the hands of inexperienced users, it is very likely for people to get burnt when they use them.

My best advice to you is that if you are thinking of going for an IPL laser treatment, ensure that the providers of these treatments are medically certified. That way, you can be confident that your skin is entrusted to a medical professional that uses proper quality IPL lasers to remove pigmentations on your face.

Thankfully, there is another option to treat pigmentation for all skin types and is a more reliable alternative – Forever Young BroadBand Lights (BBL).


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One Step Up

IPL Before and After
The versatility of BBLs allow treatments of all skin types without the fear of getting burned

According to a study by Stanford University, BBLs help to promote smoother and brighter skin better and in a molecular level compared to IPLs. Think BBLs as a step up from IPL lasers. Much like IPLs, BBLs introduce pulses of highly-intense light deep into the skin to address pigmentation. On top of that, the light would help to boost the skin’s natural ability against ageing and alter our genes related to ageing towards younger skin instead. With that ability, it does not just address the pigmentation on our skin, but also rejuvenates our skin and help us look younger.

BBLs are also more versatile. They allow for different wavelengths for different types of skin penetration and for various purposes like getting rid of acne and wrinkles, shrinking pores, and skin tightening. This versatility can be customized to suit different skin types – so even dark-skinned individuals would not need to worry about getting burnt by BBLs.

The good thing about BBL treatments is that there is almost no downtime. When you go for a BBL treatment, the medical professional would determine if an anesthetic should be applied on the skin. A soothing gel would be applied before the treatment commences. You would also wear protective eyewear to protect your eyes from the light pulses. Going through with this procedure would help ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during the treatment. The results of the treatment are optimal after 7 days – so, it will be helpful to plan your schedule by fixing an appointment with the medical professional prior to when you are thinking of going for an important event with your best face on.

If you’re wondering if there is a medical provider that offers BBL technology near you, you can try the Full Bloom Program. The program also incorporates spa elements like Aqua.dermabrasion to address clogged pores. With this program, you would be able to achieve bright, fresh skin in no time, without worrying about burns.

When deciding on IPLs and BBLs to treat your skin, it is important to know which one is good for you. Take the safe bet and consider BBLs as they are more versatile for all skin types and are, more often than not, used by certified medical professionals.


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