An IPL photofacial is a cosmetic procedure for reducing or eliminating the appearance of acne scars, broken capillaries, and many other skin problems. IPL stands for intense pulsed light, and refers to the unique type of laser a doctor uses to perform this procedure. The IPL laser shoots out a broad beam of lasers into the skin at a very rapid pace. These lasers penetrate the inner layer of the skin, but do not typically affect the outer layer. For this reason, most IPL photofacials require little to no recovery time.