Blue light therapy for acne: Does it really work?
Clearing up acne can be a hard and tricky task for many people. This is not only a physical process, but it is also emotional. Topical treatments are typical and recommended in severe acne breakouts. However, if you have mild or moderate acne, you can take a gentler approach with blue light therapy treatments. You may have seen celebrities using light therapy devices before on Instagram, but do you know how this technology can help you to overcome skin issues such as acne breakouts?
How does blue light therapy work?
Blue light wavelength ranges from 405-420nm. This light targets acne-causing bacteria that causes oil glands to inflame, leading to the appearance of blemishes. Blue light therapy can also regulate sebum production known to clog pores. Using blue light therapy consistently has been shown to improve acne and blemishes by decreasing inflammation.
Is blue light therapy safe?
Blue light therapy is a non-invasive and safe treatment as LEDs do not contain ultraviolet rays and do not burn the skin. Light therapy treatments are completely painless and soothing. However, if you have any disease that can be triggered by light, you should not use this treatment. When using light therapy, you should be careful not to look/stare at the light to avoid damaging the eyes.
Advantages of at-home blue light therapy devices
Light therapy devices that were designed for home use are gentler and not as aggressive as in-office treatments. In-office therapy is quite expensive, and you need to settle for multiple treatments. You will find that home light therapy devices are cost-effective, and results are impressive with continuous use. These at-home light therapy devices can be self-applied and are so convenient. You can take it anywhere you go. Consistent use is key to get satisfactory results. You can sit on your couch and apply the light therapy to your skin while you relax or enjoy a cup of your favorite tea.
Best light therapy devices to treat acne
TOUCHBeauty has developed different light therapy devices with blue light to reduce active acne and prevent breakouts.
- The Light Therapy Device
If you are dealing with mild breakouts or have one blemish here and there occasionally, the Light Therapy Device is perfect for you. This device features three light therapy heads with red, blue, and yellow light. Use the blue light to target specific areas with acne. This device is sleek, lightweight, cordless, and portable. You can take it with you on vacations or on a business trips to keep your skin healthy and clear.
- The 3-In-1 Facial Beauty Device
This device treats more than acne. It is a multi-therapy device that features microcurrent and light therapy treatments. The light therapy attachment of this device is ideal for treating mild to moderate acne breakouts. The light attachment is wider and can treat localized acne breakouts easily. For better results, use the blue light to kill bacteria and reduce sebum production. Complement treatment with the use of red light to reduce inflammation, redness, and acne scars. Your skin will clear out and be more radiant with consistent use of this device light therapy attachment.
How to use blue light therapy to clear acne
The most important thing you need to understand about light therapy treatments is that consistent use is required to achieve desirable results. For better results, you can overlay the use of red and blue light therapy.
First and before anything else, clean your skin. You should use light therapy on clean skin without any makeup or added skincare products. Visually divide your face into five different areas for treatment: forehead, left cheek, right cheek, nose, and chin.
You can choose to use the red light first. Evenly irradiate over areas that have acne scars, inflamed or red skin. Use for 2 minutes in each area. After 2 minutes, change to another area that needs care. After using the red light, you can switch to blue light. Here the technique is the same as the red light. Evenly irradiate over areas that have acne and excess sebum. Use for 2 minutes in each area. After 2 minutes, change to the other area that needs care.
It is important that you do not overuse the light therapy function. Always follow the precautions and directions stated in the user manual.
Summing everything up
Light therapy is a safe treatment for most skin types. However, if you have any skin condition affected by light, it is recommended that you do not use it on your skin. If you have mild to moderate acne, you can get visible results with blue light therapy. If you have severe acne, we recommend you visit a dermatologist before you start any treatment.
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