Attack acne at its source, where topical treatments fail

When topical treatments fail to attack acne at its source, it’s time to move on to laser.

Laser treatments not only target the superficial layers of your skin, but lasers can do much deeper. In the end, acne is attacked at every layer of your skin.

Acne has probably effected you at one point in your life, whether in adolescence or in adulthood, due to hormonal changes. Acne effects more than 90% of adolescents, nearly 50% of all adult women and 25% of adults. Acne is a disorder that is caused by the overproduction of a bacteria called Propionibaterium acne, that is produced in the sebaceous glands. This excess oil production is what we call sebum and it is produced in the sebaceous glands, hair follicles and skin’s oil glands.

What are some solutions to treat acne?

Acne is best treated using a combination treatment of blue light treatments and chemical peels. Laser resurfacing can be performed on deep pitted acne, to remove crater skin or deep scars.

What is an acne blue light treatment?

An acne blue light treatment is a safe non invasive way to treat acne by targeting the sebaceous gland and killing off the bacteria that causes the acne, without affecting the surrounding tissues. Many individuals usually see improvements in their acne after 2-3 treatment sessions of blue light therapy.

Who is a candidate for blue light treatments?

Blue light treatments are usually recommended for individuals who have tried using other methods such as medications or medical ointments and their skin has become non-responsive to the treatments. Such individuals would greatly benefit from the non-invasive procedures of blue light therapy. Blue light treatments have become a popular treatment for many acne suffers, as the treatment is so gentle and pain free, with no side effects or downtime.

What is the treatment protocol for a blue light treatment?

Usually individuals are recommended to do a series of weekly treatments, anywhere from 2-3 treatments a week is recommended for a series of weeks to achieve your desired results. The amounts of treatments performed weekly will depend on the severity of the acne. Usually individuals will see a benefit in even 2 weekly treatments. Once the acne has cleared up, we usually recommend a monthly maintenance treatment to make sure that any excess sebum production isn’t causing bacteria to spread and causing new breakouts. The number of treatments needed to achieve your desired results may vary depending on the severity of your acne condition.

What is the protocol for a blue light treatment?

Blue light treatments are gentle and non-invasive and not painful. Usually an individual will have the blue light run close to the face where the acne is situated and the treatment can last from 20-30 minutes. Many individuals report no discomfort or pain to the exposure of light and there is no down time after the treatment, they can resume back to normal activities after a treatment.

Are there any side effects to the blue light treatments?

After a blue light treatment, some individuals may experience a little swelling, redness or mild stinging after a treatment, and very rarely would an individual be allergic to the Levulan (photosensitizing solution). We usually recommend no sauna, gym or putting on any moisturizers on the skin for 24 hours after a treatment, to avoid irritation to the treated skin.