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What kind of complications might happen from a blue light acne treatment?

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Christopher Bailey
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In brief: Mild Side Effects

After blue light therapy for acne you may experience redness and dryness in the area that was treated.
These complications are temporary.

In brief: Mild Side Effects

After blue light therapy for acne you may experience redness and dryness in the area that was treated.
These complications are temporary.
Christopher Bailey
Christopher Bailey
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In brief: Blue light

A great question.
It isn't the blue light itself that causes complications. This is just plain visible blue light (not ultraviolet). The illumination of ala (ala is activated by blue light) by blue light can cause basically a severe sunburn. You can also have peeling and pain. However, a person's time under the light is titrated up each treatment to minimize the potential complications.

In brief: Blue light

A great question.
It isn't the blue light itself that causes complications. This is just plain visible blue light (not ultraviolet). The illumination of ala (ala is activated by blue light) by blue light can cause basically a severe sunburn. You can also have peeling and pain. However, a person's time under the light is titrated up each treatment to minimize the potential complications.
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