Does Blue Light Therapy Really Work to Get Rid of Acne?
People are always searching for the next
big thing in skincare, from anti-aging technology to treatments that leave you
looking like you’ve just returned from a relaxing vacation. For those with
acne-prone skin, most are up for trying anything in the hopes of finding some
sweet relief from stubborn breakouts. Lately, acne sufferers are looking to
blue light treatments to clear their complexions, but does it really work?
Before treating acne, it’s important to
understand just how this condition affects the body, and skin. Acne is
attributed to a hormonal imbalance, which can affect the function of the
sebaceous glands, whose job it is to create sebum, or oil. This oil travels
along the pore to hydrate and protect the skin on the surface. When too much
sebum becomes clogged within a pore and pairs with dead skin cells from the
surface, bacteria forms,
triggering an inflammatory response from the body. This process is known as the
acne cascade, and usually results in red, swollen bumps known as pimples, a
symptom of acne.
is Blue Light Therapy, and How Does it Work to Fight Acne?
Blue light is, quite simply, a type of visible
light. It can be found in sunlight, and provides that glow on those phones and
computers we all tend to spend a little too much time on. Unlike red, orange,
yellow and green lights, blue light rays have shorter wavelengths, making them
stronger and more energy-packed than those lights at the opposite end of the
In terms of acne, treatments involving light therapy operate under the premise of diminishing the level of
acne-causing bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes, on the
skin and in the pores. This bacteria often results in swollen pimples after the
body sends in white blood cells to fight off the “infection,” so blue light
works to rid the pores of such bacteria, thereby preventing the inflammatory
response that can result in breakouts. Blue light is said to be capable of
killing 99.99% of acne causing bacteria with multiple professional treatments, and
can usually work to provide temporary relief from milder acne breakouts.
Because this treatment is rising in
popularity, several at-home kits have since been developed to allow for a less expensive alternative to the treatment
that won’t require a doctor’s appointment. These kits, however, not only rely
on the use of blue light, but also infrared light, which has been known to
temporarily shrink the size of the sebaceous glands - and with it, oil
production. This sounds like it should eliminate acne, but tampering with the
sebaceous glands can create potentially devastating changes within the body.
Some patients report prolonged stinging or burning sensations, over-sensitivity
to sun or indoor bright light, and over dryness, redness and peeling of the skin.
Infrared (IR) radiation is an invisible portion of the
electromagnetic spectrum adjacent to the long wavelength of the visible light
range and extends to the microwave range, and it needs to be said that there is
a profound difference between using infrared light under medical supervision as
a part of cosmetic surgery, to stimulate collagen production, for instance, and
using it to treat acne symptoms using at-home devices. If you are considering
exploring what blue light at-home, or in office, treatments can do for your
skin, it is advised that you consult a medical professional first to become
aware of the possible side effects of such devices.
Blue light treatments can allow for a
temporary improvement of the condition of acne, and have produced some positive
results in working to eliminate acne bacteria. This bacteria, however, is known
to grow back fairly quickly, making it an ineffective means of treating acne
and breaking the cycle of acne once and for all. While it may improve symptoms,
it can’t technically treat the medical condition of acne, which is caused by a
hormonal imbalance that causes the sebaceous glands to overproduce sebum. Light
treatments can make for a helpful addition to existing acne treatments,
particularly for anyone attending an event that might seek to banish a
last-minute blemish, but certainly won’t make for a replacement for an internal
acne treatment. The only way to attack acne is by going to the source - the
sebaceous glands - and this is what our AcnEase users enjoy. A systemic solution, AcnEase works by
creating a buffer between the sebaceous glands and hormones to ensure that only
the amount of sebum needed to maintain healthy skin is being created, AcnEase
works to prevent acne before it starts, while simultaneously treating existing
acne symptoms. Since AcnEase is always working for you, no matter
how mild or severe your acne symptoms may be,
it can actually help ease the seasonal transition’s effects on your skin,
allowing you to enjoy your warmer days worry-free, and acne-free as well.
We want to hear from you! Have you tried
a blue light, or other laser or light therapy treatment? What did you think?
Tell us in the comments!