Blue Light Therapy Chicago
What is Blue Light Therapy and am I a good candidate?
Blue Light Therapy is an acne treatment that helps to kill acne bacteria with a specific light source that targets bacteria trapped in the skin’s sebaceous glands. This bacteria, commonly known as P. acnes bacteria, is a major culprit in causing acne inflammation. By sitting under a blue light source for a short period of time (10-15 minutes), acne can be improved as well as texture and appearance of pores.
What are the benefits of Blue Light Therapy and how does it work?
Patients will sit in front of the Blue Light delivery system for a short period of time during weekly visits. The Blue Light kills the P. acnes bacteria in your skin, and provides treatment for both active lesions and inactive sebaceous glands. Blue Light Acne Therapy in Chicago is ideal for patients with mild to moderate acne. Both adults and teens can treat acne with Blue Light Acne Therapy. Maintenance treatments thereafter may then be prescribed to continue to improve upon the results. In addition, an anti-acne kit or topical prescriptions might be recommended to further target breakouts on the skin’s surface.
How many treatments will I need?
Frequency of treatment will be recommended by your provider depending on the condition of your acne, but most patients experience optimal results with a series of treatments.
What type of results will I see?
After two to four weekly treatments, most patients experience a reduction in the severity of their acne and a reduction in the number of pustules and papules. Blue Light Therapy will help to improve the texture of the skin as well as the appearance of larger pores.
Is there any downtime associated with this procedure?
There are minimal adverse side effects or patient discomfort. The Blue Light treatments are gentle and do not harm surrounding tissue.
What other treatments/procedures can Blue Light Therapy be combined with?
Blue light can also be combined with acne chemical peels or Dermasweep if your provider thinks you are a candidate and would benefit your particular case. Additional therapies can further help reduce inflammation in the skin, help with remaining red or brown marks in the skin, and can be effective for scar reduction.