Intense pulsed light (IPL), also called high-intensity pulsed light therapy, is an alternative to laser therapy for improving the skin’s appearance. IPL helps decrease or erase age spots, liver spots, redness, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and facial flushing. The technique is also beneficial in removing or diminishing broken capillaries, telangiectasias (spider veins), hemangiomas (red, purple, or blue birthmarks formed by blood vessels), minor sun damage and large pores.