Clearing Up Acne with Blue Light Therapy
Acne is one of the most common skin problems in Ireland today, and thankfully advances in medical technology mean there are now a number of effective treatments and procedures which can help those who suffer with acne vulgaris.
Statistics indicate that between 70% and 96% of people suffer from acne at some point in their lives- a huge number.
Advanced Treatments at Cosmetic Doctor Acne Clinic
At Cosmetic Doctor in Dublin, the doctor-led practice runs a busy Acne Clinic which has at its disposal state-of-the-art equipment and medical grade, physician -dispensed products.
Blue Light therapy is a type of phototherapy found to be safe and effective for the treatment of acne.
Acne vulgaris is a disorder of the sebaceous glands, where hormonal activity causes dilation and then obstruction of the glands themselves, forming what are initially known as open and closed comedones.
We call these lesions whiteheads and blackheads, When the sebaceous glands get blocked up, bacteria multiplies and causes he acne to become inflamed in the form of sore-looking cysts, pustules and papules.
Some effective treatments available at Cosmetic Doctor are topical and systemic antibiotics, topical benzoyl peroxide medicines, topical salicylic acid derivatives, and a number of skin treatments.
Using Blue Light to Treat Acne
Cosmetic Doctor also uses laser and light sources as therapy for acne. Blue light therapy specifically targets the bacteria involved in acne (P.acnes bacteria).
Exposure to natural and artificial ultraviolet (UV) light has been reported to be successful in treating those suffering from acne vulgaris for a number of years-but UV light can cause photo ageing.
The studies on blue light therapy were convincing and the bottom line is that the blue light destroys the bacteria that cause the inflammation and proliferation of acne on the skin, without causing the ageing or damage that sunlight and UV light does.
Blue light selectively destroys the P.acnes bacteria, leaving all of the surrounding tissues and structures untouched.
The safety and efficacy of blue light treatment is well documented in the medical field and regular treatments have proved successful for many patients at Cosmetic Doctor.