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At home red light therapy at 650nm, how effective is this when using it for popped pimples? Does it help it heal? Reduce redness, and swelling ?

At home red light therapy at 650nm, how effective is this when using it for popped pimples? Does it help it heal? Reduce redness, and swelling ?

Acne & Light Therapy: Evidence for light therapy and lasers in acne vulgaris as of 2012 is not sufficient to recommend them. While light therapy appears to provide short term benefit, there is a lack of long term outcome data or data in those with severe acne. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Is red light therapy available at tanning salons helpful as advertised?

Is red light therapy available at tanning salons helpful as advertised?

Mixed data: The jury is out on the effectiveness of led red light therapy. It may have some benefits but the data is not great. ...Read more

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How effective is red light to heal lesions at 650 nm, will it promote healing or is light therapy a waste of time?

How effective is red light to heal lesions at 650 nm, will it promote healing or is light therapy a waste of time?

Cold laser: Cold laser is well known to promote healing. It is used in europe quite a lot (unfortunately not in the usa-due to fda). I would think that its not a waste of time and to certainly try it. Make sure its a medical grade laser and max treatments are 12 but you should see a difference by 6-7 treatments if done right. ...Read more

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Does light therapy(mixed blue and red light)work to clear acne? Thank you

Does light therapy(mixed blue and red light)work to clear acne?
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Sucker bait: Colored light therapy is decades old. There's just enough scientific jargon that the practitioner can use to make people believe that this fun-therapy might work. It's an amusing placebo. If you can take and want the oral contraceptive pill, it's likely to clear you; otherwise, start with topical benzoyl peroxide with Clindamycin or something similar your doctor can rx. You deserve to be acne-free. ...Read more

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Can red light therapy get rid of my acne?

Can red light therapy get rid of my acne?

Red Light Therapy: Light that is 660 nm in wavelength is the red light that experts need to treat acne. This light is able to reach inside layers of skin without damaging it, and it kills the bacteria in the pores that cause infections and acne. ...Read more

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Autoimmune skin rash and red light therapy?

Autoimmune skin rash and red light therapy?

Lupus?: A photosensitive rash that's autoimmune may be lupus. ...Read more

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Does blue and red light therapy work on post inflammatory hyperpigmentation? The red dots from previous breakouts? Thanks!

Does blue and red light therapy work on post inflammatory hyperpigmentation? The red dots from previous breakouts? Thanks!

IPL vs: Treatment success depends on your skin color and any underlying inflammation. Have you had an ANA test? Send a color sample of your skin to see what is the best option. ...Read more

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Using an over-the-counter blue/red light therapy mask for acne, 15 min daily, my insomnia has worsened, it is possible its the light therapy?

Using an over-the-counter blue/red light therapy mask for acne, 15 min daily, my insomnia has worsened, it is possible its the light therapy?

Poor choice: Phototherapy is at best an adjunct for acne. You deserve better. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add prescription-strength therapy. Acne is a serious chronic illness that needs to be treated aggressively; having visible acne as an adult is a sign of poor self-care. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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What will get rid of post red acne scarring/marks found on fair skin tones? I've tried everything. Does blue and red light therapy work? Thanks.

What will get rid of post red acne scarring/marks found on fair skin tones? I've tried everything. Does blue and red light therapy work? Thanks.

TEA TREE OIL: STOP ALL DAIRY,MEAT AND JUNK/FAST FOODS.DO NOT USE ANY MAKEUP UNLESS its natural and chemical free.Use EWG.ORG app for buying clean cosmetics.Most important-Destress and sleep 8 hours/day starting @ 10 PM.Stop CONSUMING all kinds of vegetable and processed oils in your diet.Drink 2-3 liters-water but not with food but either 1 hour before or 2 hours after.DESTRESS.Apply tea tree oil daily 3 months ...Read more

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Hello I am a 27 year old that is considering purchasing a red/ blue light therapy product to us at home. Is it worth the investment?

Hello I am a 27 year old that is considering purchasing a red/ blue light therapy product to us at home. Is it worth the investment?

Expensive: Home red/blue light therapy product for treating acne are expensive (about $300) and do not work as well as office based product. More about red/blue light therapy: http://www.acne.org/light-therapy.html ...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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Is infrared light therapy (for chronic wound localized scleroderma) and doxycycline 100mg bid safe? Foot has become highly red appearing.

Is infrared light therapy (for chronic wound localized scleroderma) and doxycycline 100mg bid safe? Foot has become highly red appearing.

Red foot: Doxycycline is photo sensitive and the infrared light therapy could be causing your red foot. Consult your doctor for help. ...Read more

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Is there evidence that either red light or photofacial therapy will treat the constant redness from rosacea?

Yes: There are data regarding the use of ipl, photo facial for the treatment of rosacea. The extent to which benefits are seen will vary from patient to patient and a thorough consultation with an experienced care provider will help give you some good guidance. Be sure to review before and after pictures and reviews prior to consenting to any treatments. ...Read more

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For what reason wouldn't led light therapy work for blackheads?

For what reason wouldn't led light therapy work for blackheads?

No power: The available devices do not produce enough power to do any of the current claims for the skin that are currently being marketed. Rely on time-tested strategies for reducing blackheads. Gentle oil-reducing washes and mild benzoyl peroxide products for skin care. ...Read more

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Any need for buying the expensive ($100+) light therapy lamps?

Any need for buying the expensive ($100+) light therapy lamps?

Possibly: If you have been diagnosed with sad, seasonal affective disorder, then light therapy can be very helpful in alleviating the problem. I don't know the price difference between the lamps truthfully. However, make sure there is an actual diagnosis, and you can discuss the light requirement in the lights you buy, and the intensity. That might guide the price. ...Read more

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Does sad light therapy help ?

Does sad light therapy help ?

DEFINITELY: Light therapy is very effective for seasonal mood disorder. Make sure that it is strong enough at 10, 000 lux. ...Read more

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What is the use of a light therapy device?

What is the use of a light therapy device?

Multiple uses: Light therapies can be used for treatment of seasonal affective disorder (sad), a kind of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in the winter. Also, light therapy or phototherapy (or heliotherapy) consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using lasers, light-emitting diodes, fluorescent lamps, or dichroic lamps to treat various skin conditions. ...Read more

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Can light therapy lamps affect the skin at all?

Can light therapy lamps affect the skin at all?

Possibly: light therapy boxes are made in such a way to generally filter out UV light but it may not be possible 100% of the time. So if you especially have sensitive skin you might have side effects on the skin ...Read more

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How do I do light therapy for psoriasis at home?

How do I do light therapy for psoriasis at home?

You can't: Phototherapy needs to be given in controlled circumstances under the supervision of a doctor. Do not attempt at home. ...Read more

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Is light therapy safe and successful in leukoderma?

Is light therapy safe and successful in leukoderma?

Light. Therapy: Yes light therapy seems to work in the treatment of leukoderma. Narrowband ubv's work best. ...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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How does light therapy fix jaundice?

How does light therapy fix jaundice?

Reacts with light: The bilirubin in the patient's body absorbs energy in the blue range of the spectrum (420-470 nm lights are blue). As a result of absorbing this energy the bilirubin molecule is broken down and then metabolized and excreted in the urine or feces. Over time the bilirubin level will return to normal. ...Read more

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What is light therapy?

What is light therapy?

Sleep treatment: Our tendency to feel sleepy at certain times and awake other times are strongly influenced by natural body rhythms called the sleep wake circadian rhythm. This sleep and wake cycle is strongly affected by the light that enters our eyes. Carefully timed light therapy allows physicians to adjust an individuals rhythm so that they feel more awake and alert. ...Read more

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I live in a bright sunny area and typically go outside; will light therapy be effective for me?

Therapy for WHAT?: There are various types of lights used for various purposes. Send in your question again to specify what benefit you hope to gain. ...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