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Blue Light Therapy; a Breakthrough for Acne Treament

Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease of the sebaceous hair follicles. Each follicle contains a tiny hair and multiple sebaceous glands. Under normal circumstances, sebum, the oily substance made by the sebaceous glands, travels up the hair follicle and out to the skinís surface. However, with acne, sebum is trapped within the follicle and skin bacteria multiplies within the clogged pores. Acne develops on those areas of the skin where sebaceous glands are most numerous: the face, scalp, neck, chest, back, and upper arms and shoulders. Acne typically begins in adolescence,

Several laser and light-based technologies have recently been demonstrated to improve mild to moderate acne in a few treatment sessions, and with no known systemic side effects.

Doctors are using laser technology to treat acne by altering the biological mechanisms responsible for this common condition.

Blue light treatment is a major breakthrough and could be an excellent alternative for those patients who have had minimal success with traditional therapies.

As published in the BRITISH JOURNAL of DERMATOLOGY, phototherapy with blue light was studied in the treatment of mild to moderate Acne and Rosacea .

The FDA approved blue light therapy for acne in August 2002. . Patients are exposed to a blue light source for 15 minutes twice per week for 4 weeks.

Investigators and patients favored the blue therapy, with more patients achieving marked improvement or clearance than in any of the other treatment groups.

Patients need to be aware that many states do not distinguish who can and cannot perform procedures with laser/light sources. “Since skin treatments using lasers can carry potential side effects, they should be performed by a qualified physician or under direct physician supervision.