Blue Light

Recently, visible light has been successfully used to treat mild to moderate acne. Used twice weekly, it has been shown to reduce the number of acne lesions by up to 60%.

The bacteria in acne release porphyrins, which are the result of the breakdown of haemoglobin. When porphyrins absorb blue light, free radicals are produced which destroy the bacteria. The blue light does not contain ultraviolet light and is not damaging to the skin.

Blue light acne treatment is administered via a blue light delivery system. The procedure simply involves a patient sitting in front of a blue light lamp for about 15 minutes. Generally 2 sessions per week over a 4-week period is required. The treatment is available from plastic surgeons, dermatologists and aesthetic doctors.

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