Blue Light Benefits
- Dramatic and quick results
- An alternative to Accutane and oral antibiotics
- Reductions in lesion count and inflammation
- No harmful ultra-violet rays
Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease of the sebaceous hair follicles. Each follicle contains a tiny hair and multiple sebaceous glands (oil glands).
Under normal circumstances, sebum, the oily substance made by the sebaceous glands, travels up the hair follicle and out to the skin’s surface.
However, with acne, sebum is trapped within the follicle and skin bacteria multiples within
the clogged pores.
Acne develops on those areas of the skin where sebaceous glands are most numerous: the face,
scalp, neck, chest, back, and upper arms and shoulders.
Acne typically begins in adolescence, although onset in the twenties or thirties is common.
One approach to treating acne is to target the bacteria that produces the inflammation
associated with acne known as Propionobacterium Acnes, or P. acnes. P acnes release porphyrins, which are naturally occurring molecules in the body.
When porphyrins absorb certain wavelengths of light, free radical damage is produced which destroys the bacteria.
Studies show that porphyrins absorb light best in the blue wavelength range, by combining antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity, and that the blue phototherapy is an effective and safe treatment for acne.
In the study, two 18 to 30 minute treatments a week for a period of 3 to 4 weeks produce a 60 percent reduction in acne in 80 percent of patients.
What areas can be treated?
Blue Light Therapy treatments can be used on any part of the body. It is especially effective in educing the lesion count and calming the inflammation associated with grade 3-4 acne
The Blue Light Therapy treatment programs generally consists of twice a week sessions for 3-4 weeks. Each session will take approximately 18 to 30 minutes. Depending on the condition of
the skin. Results will then be evaluated and a second series of treatments may be recommended
for severe problems.
What are treatments like?
Blue Light Therapy does not cause a thermal heat (burn) or discomfort like that of Laser or Intense Pulse Light (IPL). You will feel relaxed, many people fall asleep during their treatment.
Blue Light Therapy can be combined with other treatments
Blue Light Therapy can also be combined with microcurrent Microdermabrasion or chemical peels, and ALA solutions to enhance the results of these procedures.