If you are plagued with acne breakouts and want a non-chemical solution to your problem, laser treatments may be an option you should consider. Using laser treatment as a way to treat acne was first introduced in the U.S. market in the 90s, and the 00s welcomed the technological advancement of blue light therapy.
Although it was proven more effective than benzoyl peroxide in a study published by the British Journal of Dermatology, it unfortunately won’t cure acne. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, “Acne can’t be cured, only controlled. You won’t start seeing improvements from most treatments for four to eight weeks, and your acne might appear worse before it gets better.”
Blue LED Treatments Are Best For
Patients with persistent, mild forms of inflammatory acne can benefit most from blue LED light treatments. Some doctors may alternate a combination of blue and red light.
What Treatment Does
Exposing your skin to different types of light and heat energy can kill acne bacteria and reduce redness and swelling. Over multiple treatments, oil glands consequently shrink and the level of oil production declines.
How it Works
Some doctors apply sensitizing medication topically before LED procedures to make the skin more sensitive and receptive to the light treatment. Typically several light therapy sessions are necessary to achieve desired clarity.
Although they are comparatively less than with chemical treatments like benzoyl peroxide, side effects of LED treatment include dryness, irritation, flakiness, peeling and redness that subside after a short while.
DermTV’s Dr. Neal Schultz says that many at-home treatments are relatively ineffective when compared to light therapy treatments offered in a dermatologist’s office. In a YouTube video, he performs a side-by-side demonstration to show the difference between an iPhone application and a professional LED machine used in his office.
At close to $200, the Tända Clear+ is claims to be the first and only home device to combine a bacteria-killing blue light with sonic vibration and gentle warming action for results similar to your MD. The brand’s smaller zap model is a quarter of the price, and covers individual blemish-sized areas for a difference they promise you can see within 24 hours. Both products promise results without any irritation or redness after you use them. If you are unsatisfied with the results you get, the company offers a money-back guarantee.