What is Blue Light Therapy?
Blue Light Therapy is a safe, drug free alternative that is FDA approved for the management of acne vulgaris. It is a form of phototherapy that uses light in the blue wavelength range to kill the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes, on the skin.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, light therapies "show great promise in treating acne," with many people experiencing a significant improvement in their skin health after a number of sessions.
Blue light therapy can be used to treat acne that is already present on the skin or to control the condition before an outbreak occurs. However, the academy warns that acne does not usually completely clear up with phototherapy alone.
Is Blue Light Therapy Right For Me?
What skin problems does Blue Light Address?
Blue Light therapy is a safe, drug free alternative used in the treatment and management of acne vulgaris. It is not used to treat blackheads, whiteheads, acne cysts, or nodules. It is typically not covered by insurance, but the individual treatment costs reasonable.
What does the procedure entail?
Blue light is a simple and painless procedure that can be done in just a few minutes. For this treatment, you will be seen by one of our trained medical assistants. Once you are brought into the clinic, you will be seated in front of the Blue Light for 5-15 minutes depending on what your provider recommends. When you are done, there is no post procedure care other than your typical acne skin care routine.
How many procedures are required and how long does it last?
The number of treatments required depends on how severe the acne is. Initially, more treatments are needed to bring the acne under control. Often the blue light treatment will be used in conjunction with other therapies, which might also affect the number of treatments that are needed. Using topical ointments, cleansers, and medications can help to manage the bacteria and extend the time required between treatments.