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The Beauty Breakdown: Comparing BBL and IPL Light Therapy for Optimal Skin Results

Written by Dr. Zaheer Abbas | Medically reviewed by Editorial Team
Last updated on: January 13, 2023

BBL (Broad Band Light) and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) are both non-invasive light therapy treatments that are clinically proven to be safe and effective in improving skin conditions and addressing various skin problems. Both treatments direct the light into the skin, targeting pigments, blood vessels, and even acne. Once the targeted area absorbs the heat converted from the light, it will eventually be removed from the skin. Thus, producing healthy collagen and elastin, restoring the skin to its natural and improved condition.

BBL Laser vs. IPL Photofacial


  • Both uses filtered light at different wavelengths to accurately approach the target at a specific skin layer.
  • Both are treatment options for sun damage, photo-aging, age spots, broken capillaries, rosacea, and overall skin rejuvenation.
  • Both can improve overall skin quality and appearance, resulting in more youthful and radiant skin.
  • Both can target almost all body areas, including the face, neck, décolleté, hands, and even sensitive areas.
  • Both treatments are relatively quick and have minimal downtime, with most patients returning to normal activities immediately after their treatment.


  • IPL is recommended mainly for patients with lighter skin tones.
  • BBL can treat all patients having the lightest to the darkest skin color.
  • BBL can deliver more light energy to the skin, making it 3-6 times more effective than IPL.
  • BBL has built-in contact cooling technology, which protects the skin from burns and makes it a more comfortable, safe, and effective treatment.
  • IPL is the first photo-rejuvenation therapy, while BBL is the most advanced type.
  • BBL can penetrate deeper skin layers, which targets skin problems at the source, far below the skin's surface.
  • BBL is scientifically proven to rejuvenate skin cells' genetic codes, resulting in younger skin.


IPL Photofacial is used to treat:

  • Sunspots
  • Rosacea
  • Dilated facial vessels
  • Enlarged pores
  • Mild to moderate acne

BBL Laser is more advance in terms of accuracy and targeting the following skin conditions:

  • Acne
  • Pigmentation
  • Skin tone and texture
  • Sagging skin
  • Freckles
  • Age spots
  • Broken capillaries
  • Bruises
  • Rosacea
  • Aging skin

Special Precautions for BBL Laser and IPL Photofacial in Dubai:

  • Avoid sun tanning, chemical peeling, and other laser therapies two weeks before and after the treatment.
  • Inform the practitioner of any photosensitive medications and creams such as retinol, various antibiotics containing hydroxy acids.
  • Inform the Doctor of recent injectable treatments such as Botox and Dermal Fillers.
  • Be informed that protective metal eyewear will be worn during the treatment to prevent eye injury.

Overall they are both fantastic treatments with great results and minimal downtime, as with any skin treatment, a consultation with a professional will help to assess and determine exactly which one would be best for you.

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