Blue Light Acne Treatment
What is blue light acne treatment?This amazing technology enables you to maintain smooth, clear skin without the need for topical acne treatment. Breakouts are caused by bacteria, known as P. acnes. Specific wavelengths of blue light kill the P. acnes bacteria by creating free radicals. This safe, effective procedure can be used as corrective treatment for active blemishes, or as preventive measures to keep inactive sebaceous glands from becoming infected. This technology is also used to lessen the flushing and general redness associated with rosacea.
Treatment at Dr. W DermatologyThe procedure begins with gently cleansing your skin to ensure there is no residual skin oil or cosmetics. Blue light is applied to the skin for approximately eight to sixteen minutes. You may feel a gentle warming sensation, but you should experience little or no discomfort. Several sessions are required to achieve clear, healthy skin. It usually takes a series of six treatments, scheduled about a week apart.
We may recommend the use of a specially formulated photosensitizer called Levulan. It is a topical agent containing ALA (aminolevulinic acid), which is readily absorbed by the pores, oil glands, and abnormal cells. This technique, known as PhotoDynamic Therapy, makes the areas more susceptible to blue light, increasing the effectiveness of treatment. It may cause peeling or redness, similar to sunburn, for a couple of days following treatment. It is important to note that the treated area will be exceptionally sensitive to intense light and UV rays for about 48 hours. You will be advised to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF rating of 30 for at least two days.
Benefits of PhotoDynamic blue light acne treatmentThis treatment is a great example of how modern technology is making dermatological treatment safer, gentler, and more effective than ever. The benefits include:
- No adverse side effects.
- Completely non-invasive.
- Can be used by patients of any age.
- Safe and gentle enough for daily use.
- No down time.
- Completely painless.