Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms. Acne affects most teenagers to some degree. However, the disease is not restricted to any age group as adults of all ages can struggle with acne. While acne usually clears up after several years even if untreated, you don’t have to wait to outgrow it.
Today there are more acne treatment options than ever, ranging from topical medications to oral medications and now laser and light therapies. Blue light therapy is becoming a popular option to treat stubborn acne in patients of all ages.
What is blue light therapy?
The bacteria that causes acne is known in dermatology as Propionibacterium acnes, or P acnes. P acnes can cause inflammation and result in the swollen red bumps you know as pimples. We know that P acnes are sensitive to blue light, as studies show it eliminates the bacteria found in the oil glands in your skin. With the addition of infrared light, the treatment will also cause the oil glands to shrink. The result is less oil and less bacteria, which ultimately leads to fewer pimples and acne.
Who is a candidate for blue light therapy?
Blue light therapy is a great alternative to patients who prefer to avoid oral medications. Anyone struggling with inflammatory acne, regardless of age or skin color, would benefit from this treatment.
The difference between in-home and in-office treatments
There are several FDA-approved products on the market that make in-home blue light acne treatment possible. However, like most treatments, there are definite advantages of having the procedure performed in-office and under the care of a dermatologist.
In-office blue light treatments oftentimes use photodynamic therapy, a process where a chemical is applied to the skin beforehand in order to enhance the procedure’s effectiveness. Redness and flaking may occur for several days after blue light therapy, but patients usually see better results than with in-home treatments.
The Dermatology Center of Indiana services Brownsburg, Cicero, Crawfordsville, and Fishers along with many other cities throughout Indiana. Join us today in one of our locations where you are always welcome!