Blue Light Therapy Acne Treatment

Blue light therapy acne treatment has recently been approved by the FDA to treat mild to moderate acne. The development of acne blue light therapy has had significant benefits for those who have not responded well to other of methods of treating common acne.

Blue Light Therapy Acne Treatment

Skin oil accumulates in blocked hair
follicle pores, which become infected.

Common acne, or acne vulgaris, is caused when oil produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin is trapped in pores. The P. acnes bacteria thrive in this trapped oil, and the pore then becomes inflamed and turns into a pimple. A pimple may then develop into a whitehead or blackhead.

Only recently has blue light therapy acne treatment become available for use on a wide basis by dermatologists and others. The acne blue light therapy works by killing the P. acnes bacteria. The light may either be used alone or in conjunction with a topical treatment. The acne blue light treatment has been shown to be effective in treating active acne lesions as well as other sebaceous glands that are not actively producing acne lesions.

As with any medical condition, preventing the condition before it occurs is preferable to treating it with blue light therapy acne treatment after it has occurred. There are a number of factors which contribute to acne, only some of which are preventable or avoidable.

A major factor in causing or aggravating acne is the use of harsh cleansers, astringents, or exfoliants. People seeking to avoid acne often mistakenly believe that treating their skin with these products will eliminate the underlying causes of their acne, while instead they may be over drying their skin, causing irritation and ultimately more acne breakouts. Skin cleansers should be mild, and need to be used gently. Also important is not to use them too often.

Cosmetics are another factor which can cause or aggravate acne. Cosmetics or other skin products, which are overly oily or greasy, can clog the pores in the skin, leading to acne. A person who is prone to acne should ensure that the product he or she uses is described as noncomedogenic, meaning it will not clog pores.

Factors such as diet and stress can also contribute to acne breakouts, although the degree to which they are directly related has not been proven.

There are advantages and disadvantages to using acne blue light therapy.

Blue light therapy acne treatment is currently being used successfully to prevent and even reverse mild to moderate cases of acne vulgaris. Acne blue light therapy treatments generally are given once a week for four to eight weeks, depending on the severity of the acne and how well the patient responds. A topical cream may be used in addition to the acne blue light treatments to help reduce lesions, pustules, and papules.

One of the main benefits of blue light therapy acne treatment is the minimal incidence of side effects. Acne blue light therapy is very gentle and surrounding tissues are not harmed, unlike other treatments previously employed.

A dermatologist or other medical professional may provide blue light therapy acne treatment, and there are a number of companies from which interested consumers can directly purchase acne blue light therapy products.

The main disadvantage is that blue light therapy acne treatment is new and in some respects unproven. Many people in the medical field believe that use of light therapy ages the skin, and leaves it more susceptible skin cancers. Unfortunately since it is new, the long-term effects are unknown.

Since the long-term consequences may be severe, we suggest you try a product that is not dangerous and that has no side effects.

If you have any questions about blue light therapy acne treatment, please email us. If you have tried acne blue light therapy and would like to share your experience with our readers, please let us know.

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