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.

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Blue light acne treatment? What is it? Is it expensive?

Many uses. Blue light (and red light) is a part of a treatment called photodynamic therapy. It uses light and a topical chemical (aminolevulenic acid, ala) to treat many conditions. Acne is just one. Ala soaks into the skin and the light activates is. "bad cells" or acne related bacteria are then selectively destroyed by the light activation. Beyond that i would discuss with a dermatologist. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...