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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Blue light therapy acne treatment appropriate?

Blue light therapy acne treatment appropriate?

Sometimes: This may help resolve some acne spots more quickly. But is expensive. Significant acne will still require skilled management with combinations of meds tailored to each specific person. ...Read more

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How long will having blue light therapy take? Had little success with topical forms of acne treatment, so i'm interested in trying blue light therapy.

How long will having blue light therapy take? Had little success with topical forms of acne treatment, so i'm interested in trying blue light therapy.

Everything takes tim: I have seen light therapy be very helpful. Blue light traditionally has reported to be helpfull but perhaps red is showing better results...I personally like yellow...Getting the benefits of blue and red spectrum. But any light treatment has to be rather high intensity....Most of the consumer products are not anywhere near powerful enough. Even more benefits from intense pulsed light (ipl). ...Read more

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Blue light therapy acne treatment machines. Helpful or just a gimmick?

Blue light therapy acne treatment machines. Helpful or just a gimmick?

Acne treatments: Photodynamic therapy using a topical sensitizing agent and red or blue light can certainly help acne. Non-prescription blue-light devices can possibly help but they probably work only for some of the less severe acne cases. ...Read more

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Does 'blue light' therapy work for acne?

Does 'blue light' therapy work for acne?

Yes: It often works quite well. But it's not officially approved for that purpose (yet). And it's expensive. And insurance rarely covers it. ...Read more

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Help can blue light therapy work for acne?

Help can blue light therapy work for acne?

Maybe: There's talk of some wavelengths helping kill the bacteria. This is no substitute for the therapy that actually works for everybody else. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add something that will. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: blue light therapy?

What is the definition or description of: blue light therapy?

More info: Apparently it can be helpful with bipolar conditions and seasonal affectove disorder...From what i found. http://www.psycheducation.org/depression/bluelight.htm. ...Read more

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What type of doctor can order a blue light acne treatment?

What type of doctor can order a blue light acne treatment?

Blue light treatment: Blue light treatment or photodynamic therapy (pdt) for acne can be prescribed by a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon, typically after consultation and confirmation that it is an optimal course of treatment for control of your acne and there are no contraindications. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Blue Light Therapy (Definition)

What is blue light therapy? Dermatologists have used blue light in their offices since 2002 to clear acne breakouts quickly and effectively by eliminating the bacteria that cause them. Blue light treatment is a non-uv light therapy, which is gentle on skin and does not cause long-term harmful health effects. Why blue? It penetrates water ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more