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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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Do blue light acne treatments work?

Do blue light acne treatments work?

Yes: Blue light treatments are a superficial light that helps kill the skin bacteria. It works better when you add amino levulonic acid (ala) that helps kill bacteria, decrease the sebaceous glands and improve skin tone and texture. ...Read more

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Does led light therapy work for acne?

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Does led light therapy work for acne?

Yes, if used w/ ALA: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) will help reduce sebaceous gland oil production and improve acne flares. It's effective if used with alpha-aminolevulanic acid (ala), a prescription topical agent applied by your doctor before activation by the led light. This usually requires a series of 3-4 treatments. This procedure, unfortunately, is generally not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Photo rejuvenation light for home - does this clear blemishes and wrinkles?

Photo rejuvenation light for home -  does this clear blemishes and wrinkles?

Not impressed: I have not been impressed with the results of this technology and attribute the majority of results to improved skin care. ...Read more

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Does blu light therapy really work for adult acne?

Does blu light therapy really work for adult acne?

Adjunct: There's some interest in phototherapy as an adjunct to kill the bacteria that cause acne. Feel free to try it, don't spend a lot of money, and continue mainstream rx with topical benzoyl peroxide and whatever prescription-strength rx your personal physician can offer. ...Read more

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Is laser light therapy for acne scars good on teenage skin?

Is laser light therapy for acne scars good on teenage skin?

Yes for some scars: In our experience it has been useful for either atrophic acne scars and some of the red elevated scars. We have used both the pulsed dye laser and the fractional co2 laser on selected patients with good results. ...Read more

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Photodynamic therapy for acne, does this work?

Photodynamic therapy for acne, does this work?

Adjunct: Don't neglect stuff that works. Topicals like benzoyl peroxide and or retinoids acid are your mainstay. Your physician can add stronger stuff as required. ...Read more

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Is light therapy effective in acne?

Is light therapy effective in acne?

Yes: Blue light has been found to have a beneficial effect. Additionally, it can be used to activate a photodynamic drug called levulan. This is a potent anti-acne treatment. ...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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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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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 red and blue light therapy work for red acne marks? Thanks!

Does red and blue light therapy work for red acne marks? Thanks!

ASDS opinion & 1more: Two sites to read: https://www.asds.net/Laser-Light-Therapy-for-Acne-Scars/ and http://www.livestrong.com/article/73275-red-blue-light-therapy-acne/ ...Read more

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Can photodynamic therapy for acne really work?

Can photodynamic therapy for acne really work?

Yes: This is a pricey treatment for severe disease in people who cannot tolerate isotretinoin. Even its most favorable review in a peer-reviewed journal describes it as a therapy of last resort. I hope you are able to be successfully treated by this or some more familiar method. Best wishes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19894368. ...Read more

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Anyone used blue light acne treatment ?

Anyone used blue light acne treatment ?

Yes: Blue light with aminolevulenic acid can work in some patients. Not sure about how your insurance may pay for it but i feel some patients do well with it. Often i will suggest it for a patient who might need accountant but they either don't want to go that route or cannot go that route. ...Read more

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What is intense pulsed light therapy (ipl)?

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What is intense pulsed light therapy (ipl)?

Photorejuvenation: Ipl is a filtered light device that is effective in removing brown spots and blood vessels, good for treating sun damaged, acne and rosacea skin. With properly filtered wavelength, and used in conjunction with a medication, this can also be used medically to treat precancerous and selected skin cancers. Ipl is not for everyone. See your dermatologist for evaluation. ...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.

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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How painful is blue light acne treatment?

How painful is blue light acne treatment?

Pain with Acne Light: It depends on whether levulan chemical is used. The chemical will make it more uncomfortable, but probably make the treatment work better. The treatment will also work without the medicine. It creates oxygen in the glands, which is toxic to the bacteria. It is a good adjunctive treatment, but nothing beats Isotretinoin for long-term resolution of acne. ...Read more

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Could honey work for clearing acne and acne scarring?

Could honey work for clearing acne and acne scarring?

No: This is a cruel internet hoax. Acne severe enough to cause scarring needs to be seen, and should have been managed, by your personal physician. Make the phone call now. ...Read more

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Does light therapy work for eczema?

Does light therapy work for eczema?

Yes: Ulraviolet light (uva-1) can cause a significant improvement of both objective and subjective signs of dyshidrotic eczema [1] 1. Polderman, m. C. A., govaert, j. C. M., le cessie, s. And pavel, s. (2003), a double-blind placebo-controlled trial of uva-1 in the treatment of dyshidrotic eczema. Clinical and experimental dermatology, 28: 584–587. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more