How does Blue light therapy work?

Blue light therapy is used in conjunction with Red light therapy for adolescent and adult acne and acne scar treatments. From acne treatments for mild to severe acne and acne scars, to skin care for acne, Lightwave can help. Blue light treatment is a natural, effective skin rejuvenation technique, and can be used to activate PDT, or photodynamic therapy.

Four common causes of adolescent and adult acne include:

  • Increased oil production
  • Unusual shedding of dead skin cells
  • Increased bacteria
  • Inflammation

LED light therapy address these issues when it comes to mild/moderate acne, acne scars, skin care for acne, and even severe acne in some cases. Blue light therapy and Red light therapy alone can be used to target acne and acne scars. However, when Blue light therapy and red light therapy are used in conjunction with each other; they are much more effective at targeting inflammatory acne. In some cases, Blue light is used on its own. As a stand alone, Blue light is usually most effective when used to activate 5-aminolevulinic Acid (ALA) during photodynamic therapy (PDT).

During the process of blue light therapy, the skin is exposed to Blue light (417nm), which is quickly absorbed by acne-causing bacteria. Molecules within the bacteria then react by producing singlet oxygen and free radicals that in-turn destroy the P. Acnes bacteria. Once the body has been exposed to Blue light, the use of Red light therapy helps to restore normal cellular function and promotes healthy skin rejuvenation. The process is the same for the treatment of acne scars when targeting both adolescent and adult acne needs. Severe acne is often treated using a more aggressive treatment such as 5-aminolevulinic Acid (ALA) during photodynamic therapy (PDT). In order to maintain health skin, a topical skin care for acne is also recommended.

Acne treatment and acne scar reduction can be challenging. However, a standard LED light therapy treatment is effective, affordable and pain-free. For details on Blue light therapy (which can be used to activate PDT, or photodynamic therapy) and Red light therapy, contact LIGHTWAVE today.