Laser Acne Treatment You Can Use at Home
Blue light therapy is an FDA approved laser acne treatment designed to clear acne-prone skin and restore healthy skin without irritation or the use of harsh chemicals.
Blue light technology delivers non-UV light beneath the surface of the skin where it gently, yet effectively, helps clear inflamed papules and pustules (pimples) and prevent future breakouts. It does this by destroying the acne-causing bacteria (P.acnes) deep inside the follicle, yet it’s safe and gentle enough to use every day.
Unlike topical acne treatments that can be overly drying and irritate the skin, blue light therapy penetrates the dermal layer where it effectively helps treat the signs and symptoms of acne. Blue light therapy:
- Kills acne-causing bacteria
- Reduces blemish size and severity
- Soothes irritated and stressed skin
- Prevents future breakouts
Exactly how blue light is able to improve inflammation and healing is not clear. What is clear is that blue light therapy does work and it appears to be most effective at preventing and treating papules and pustules – inflamed and red pimples.
Blackheads and whiteheads, non-inflamed acne, is not as responsive to blue light therapy. For that reason, a two-pronged approach is best for those with inflamed and non-inflamed acne. One in which papules and pustules are treated with blue light while blackheads and whiteheads are treated with topical solutions designed to keep the pores clear and open, thereby preventing the blocked pore.
In a recent study of volunteers using Blue Light therapy for an eight-week period to treat acne, the National Institutes of Health concluded that:
“Subjects evaluated self-administration of the blue light treatment according to the device’s labeling as being safe and effective. The study showed that daily self-treatment using the device for mild-to-moderate inflammatory acne reduced the number of acne lesions significantly. Moreover, the study demonstrated a significant improvement of the subjects’ skin conditions. Subjects included in the study were able to safely and effectively administer self-treatment with the device and felt confident doing so”. (see study at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2923954/)
Where do I get my Blue Light Gadget?
There are many different makers of the Blue Light handheld laser device. Companies like Tria, Tanda Clear and Quasar Baby Blue for Acne all claim to have the highest level of blue light emitting diodes for treating acne. We encourage you to compare the models since they all have varying price points and you should select one that’s best for you.
Are they worth the money? We think, yes! When used correctly (follow the instructions) and regularly, there is no question that blue light therapy does help heal inflamed acne and improve the condition of the skin.
To learn more about treating acne, please read our articles below:
- Acne Fighting Foods
- Acne Laser Treatment: Is it Effective?
- Acne Scars
- Adult Acne – It’s more common than you think
- The Basics of Treating Back Acne
- Treating Mild Acne at Home
- Home Remedies for Acne