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.
LED and acne. British journal of dermatology, phototherapy with blue and red light was studied in the treatment of mild to moderate acne. After 12 weeks of 15-minute daily active treatments with a portable light source, a mean improvement of 76% in inflammatory lesions was observed. Thus the led light is effective 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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
Possibly. If light therapy refers to UV light therapy it might be somewhat beneficial but I would be very careful with the amount exposed to your skin so as not to dry or damage your skin. Remember too much UV light could make you more prone to skin cancer down the road. Moral of the story is be very careful in the use of any UV or tanning lamps?
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.
See below. Red light is not a recognized treatment for acne. Please consult this site for information and discuss the issue with your doctor in case your acne are resistant to over the counter treatments.
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.
No. Will help. But not a cure. If you have significant acne, see a dermatologist. Acne is related to genetic factors, hormones, sometimes meds, sometimes birth control. Most adult women with acne respond best to anti-androgen pill spironolactone. It is prescription but costs only $18 for 3 months. It is very safe except not to be used if pregnant.