Acne is a common skin condition that can occur at any age. Contrary to what many of us have been told, acne is not our fault. It is not caused by junk food, poor hygiene or stress, although in some cases these factors may aggravate an existing problem. Acne pimples, black heads and white heads occur when excess oils from our sebaceous glands become trapped within the skin’s pores or follicles and cannot reach the surface of the skin. When oil is trapped, it produces a type of bacteria referred to as P. acnes. This bacteria inflames the skin, resulting in varying degrees of acneic outbreak from mild to severe. Exfoliating acneic skin with the idea that this alone will unclog pores can aggravate already inflamed skin and spread bacteria to unaffected areas so that breakouts become cyclical and persistent..
Blue light therapy acne treatment is currently being used successfully to prevent and even reverse mild to moderate cases of acne vulgaris. Acne blue light therapy treatments generally are given once a week for four to eight weeks, depending on the severity of the acne and how well the patient responds. A topical cream may be used in addition to the acne blue light treatments to help reduce lesions, pustules, and papules.
One of the main benefits of blue light therapy acne treatment is the minimal incidence of side effects. Acne blue light therapy is very gentle and surrounding tissues are not harmed, unlike other treatments previously employed.
A dermatologist or other medical professional may provide blue light therapy acne treatment, and there are a number of companies from which interested consumers can directly purchase acne blue light therapy products.