Blue Light for acne is an FDA-approved light treatment used to treat active acne and prevent future acne flares. This is a painless in-office procedure that can be used independently or in combination with other treatments. Blue light therapy uses blue light to kill the acne-causing bacteria on your skin. This process often works to get rid of acne more quickly than prescription medications alone.
How does blue light therapy work?
When you arrive in the office for blue light therapy, light is focused directly on the clean skin for a specific amount of time. Blue light targets and destroys the p. acnes bacteria that can cause acne, leading to a decrease in active acne and prevention of future acne. The treatment is pain-free and most patients find it to be quite relaxing. Blue light therapy is sometimes combined with red light therapy, in order to further decrease inflammation.
Is there any downtime after this acne treatment?
There is absolutely no downtime following blue light therapy. The treatment itself is painless; most patients listen to music or take a quick nap during the procedure. Following the visit, you may continue your regular skincare routine and apply makeup, if you wish, immediately following your 30-minute appointment.
Can patients with dark skin types undergo light treatment for acne?
Both blue and red light treatments are LEDs (light emitting diodes) that do not contain UV (ultra violet) light. These LEDs are safe for all skin types; you may even have blue/red light treatments during pregnancy. Many patients with darker skin types find that blue light therapy is an excellent way to treat their acne safely and more aggressively than with prescription medications alone.
What is the cost of acne light treatments?
The price of blue light therapy (combined with red light therapy) is $250 per session. Many patients choose to combine their light therapy sessions into a series of treatments, which combine other in-office treatments to clear their acne more quickly and achieve longer lasting results. Treatments, such as Photodynamic Therapy and the Isolaz Acne Laser, work well when performed in combination with blue light for acne.