Friday, March 14, 2008

Blue Light Therapy for Acne & Rosacea

Narrow band blue light therapy can definitely shed light on the treatment of acne. Initially used to treat jaundice in newborn babies, blue light is now offering a powerful role in reducing the negative effects of acne. In fact, 85% of patients using this type of phototherapy experience success. Blue light has the ability to penetrate (given the right wavelength) the skin deep enough to reduce, and possibly control, acne causing bacteria without damaging the skin. Its purifying and antibacterial properties kill p.acnes, the bacteria that causes acne inflammation, and in doing so, calm and regulate the sebaceous gland. Simply put, bacteria cannot thrive under LED blue light. This color in the spectrum of light therapy produces encouraging results for those who suffer from mild to moderate acne. Affected skin is given the ability to heal 150 - 200% faster enabling the skin to quickly recover and show significant results. In fact, with as little as two, 15 - 20 minute sessions per week, results are visibly noticed within the first two weeks of treatment.

In one predominant study, after a four week period of time the test results illustrated a 60% reduction in 80% of the patients (American Academy of Dermatology). A treatment schedule of 12 weeks may result in remissions lasting for as long as three to eight months. This type of skin treatment is completely non-invasive, painless, and could cut down on the use of those messy ointments and creams. Non invasive, no pain, no downtime, plenty of results. There are a few warnings noted for those with severe forms of acne as this type of treatment may not produce the same positive results. It is important to check with a doctor beforehand. One other note of caution, eyes should never be exposed to blue light and goggles must be worn.

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