Acne Reduction

A Complete Acne Solution Venus Versa™

In the U.S. alone, some 50 million people have acne at any one time. Part of the experience for most who suffer from acne is the struggle to control breakouts followed by the fear of scarring. Finding the right acne solution that results in clear, healthy skin can be a frustrating and draining process.

Venus Versa™ paired with effective ongoing skin care, provides a holistic acne treatment plan that reduces acne-related redness and inflammation, kills acne bacteria to prevent future breakouts, and minimizes the appearance of existing acne scarring for a brighter, clearer, healthier-looking complexion.

Step 1: Reduce Acne with Venus Versa


Using the AC Dual applicator equipped with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, Venus Versa acne reduction treatments utilize a dual-wavelength approach to target acne-causing bacteria while promoting the healing of breakouts. Blue light targets porphyrins — organic compounds that are produced by P. Acnesbacteria — destroying the bacteria to prevent future breakouts. Red light, delivered in a longer wavelength, penetrates deeper into the skin and targets dilated blood vessels and oxyhemoglobin, reducing inflammation and likely allowing faster recovery of the sebaceous glands.


The applicator features a built-in real-time cooling system that monitors temperature 1,000 times/second to better ensure patient safety and comfort. Typically, traditional acne treatments focus on just one of two aspects—treating the cause or reducing the visible symptoms. Venus Versa’s dual approach cuts down on treatment steps and delivers effective results with just one treatment plan. Treatment sessions typically last from 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 2: Reduce Acne Scarring with Venus Versa ​


Venus Versa offers a non-invasive fractional ablation system that harnesses the power of radio frequency (RF) technology to resurface the skin, improving the appearance of acne scars and other signs of uneven skin texture for smoother, more even-toned skin. SmartScan technology uniquely distributes energy resulting in faster healing, minimal downtime, lower occurrence of PIH, and greater comfort. 

Step 3: Provide Long-Term Support for Skin Health


Some maintenance treatments may be required to ensure long-term skin health. If your acne may be a result of excess sebum production, regular Venus Glow dermal rejuvenation treatments may help. Venus Glow treatments utilize a powerful tri-modality approach to deep-clean pores. This helps to reduce bacteria buildup and control sebum secretion, so patients may better maintain their noticeably healthier, natural glow with less worry regarding the return of acne breakouts. Venus Glow treatments also help to restore skin hydration while increasing local micro-blood circulation to help boost skin’s natural collagen and elastin production levels.

Frequently Asked Questions


Am I a good candidate for this treatment? / Will this treatment work for me?

The best candidate for Venus Versa™ acne treatments is someone who has acne and/or acne-related inflammation on the face or body. For safety reasons, you may not be able to get this treatment if you have/are:

  • Metal or other implants in the treatment area
  • Current or history of cancer
  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Any diseases that can be stimulated by light (e.g. epilepsy)
  • History of disease that can be stimulated by heat (e.g. herpes)
  • Poorly controlled endocrine disorders (e.g. diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome)
  • Any active condition in the treatment area (e.g. eczema, psoriasis, rash)
  • History of skin disorders, keloids, unusual wound healing, or excessively dry and/or sensitive skin
  • Any surgical procedures within the past 3 months
  • A tattoo or permanent makeup in the treatment area

I have darker skin – can I still get this treatment done?

Venus Versa™ acne treatments are powered by Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, which targets the pigment in your skin. They tend to work best for light to medium skin tones. The treatment may work on darker skin, but there is a higher risk of discoloration because darker skin has more pigment in it. It’s best to consult with your treatment provider to see if the treatment is right for you.

How many sessions will I need to see results?

Most patients receive a total of 8-10 treatments.

How often/far apart should the treatments be?

Treatments are usually done twice a week for a month. Make sure the treatments are scheduled 3-4 days apart.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for the treatment?

Make sure your skin is clean. Do not apply any lotions, creams, or makeup before your session, and stop using any products that might irritate your skin 2-3 days before. You should also avoid tanning, including with self-tanners. You may be advised to shave the area before your treatment. Remove all jewelry around the area being treated.

Can I do it during my lunch break?

Absolutely. Exact treatment times may vary depending on the patient, but a single session typically takes 15-20 minutes.


How long does a treatment session last?

One session usually lasts 15-20 minutes, depending on the area being treated.

What does the treatment feel like?

The IPL treatment feels like a light snap or flick on the surface of the skin.

Will it be painful?

The applicator has a cooling feature built into it to make the treatment as comfortable as possible, but you might feel a bit of discomfort if you’re treating a more sensitive area, like the upper lip. If you find it too uncomfortable, let us know and they can adjust the treatment accordingly.


How will I feel after my treatment?

Your skin can feel warm, like a sunburn, with some redness, but other than that, you really shouldn’t feel any different if you follow instructions for before and after your treatment.

How long will the results last and are they permanent?

It depends on the severity of your acne and how well you take care of your skin after your treatment. We recommend a touch-up session twice a month, then monthly. Once the acne starts clearing up, you can increase the time between maintenance treatments depending on how your skin responds.

Is there really no downtime?

There is no downtime. You can return to your daily schedule immediately after your treatment.

Do I need to do anything after my treatment?

Avoid tanning for at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your treatment, and wear sunscreen (at least SPF 30). You should also avoid hot baths, massages, or any treatment that requires direct contact with the skin for the first 2 days after your treatment. If you notice any blisters or scabbing, treat it with a prescribed antibiotic cream—always consult with your treatment provider first. You can go back to gentle washing and using gentle, non-irritating skin care products immediately afterward.

If I got a treatment on my face, can I put makeup up on right after?

Yes, you can apply makeup immediately after your treatment, but make sure you put on sunscreen first.


*Venus Versa™ is cleared by the FDA as a multi-application device intended to be used in aesthetic and cosmetic procedures. The SR515 and SR580 applicators are cleared by the FDA for the treatment of benign pigmented epidermal and cutaneous lesions and treatment of benign cutaneous vascular lesions. The HR650/HR650XL and HR690/HR690XL applicators are cleared by the FDA for the removal of unwanted hair and to effect stable long-term or permanent hair reduction for Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV. The AC Dual applicator is cleared by the FDA for the treatment of acne vulgaris. The DiamondPolar™ and OctiPolar™ applicators on the Venus Versa™ system are cleared by the FDA for non-invasive treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and rhytides on females with Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV. The NanoFractional RF™ (Viva) applicator is cleared by the FDA for dermatological procedures requiring ablation and resurfacing of the skin.