FDA approving LED Blue, Red, and BLUE/RED light for the treatment of mild to moderate acne is a significant event due to the controversy that has surrounded certain prescribed acne oral medications. Also, the worldwide concern over the increasing bacterial resistance to antibacterial medication has made Phototherapy a welcome addition to the tools available for acne treatment.
Phototherapy is a safe, proven, non-drug therapy that can be used in the doctor’s office or at home with the newly available LED devices.
Does FDA-Cleared Blue Light Therapy Really Help Acne?
The short answer to this question is, yes! Many clinical studies have shown that certain wavelengths of blue light are antimicrobial, killing the bacteria that cause acne through a photochemical reaction.
However, though blue light alone is helpful, it becomes even more effective when combined with red light.
Therefore, blue and red light are used in combination to help fight acne — the blue light targets C. acne, and the red-light targets inflammation and redness.
Once blue light kills the acne-causing bacteria, red light can come in to repair the damage. Red light therapy significantly reduces inflammation and helps to repair skin damaged by acne outbreaks. Together, blue and red light can even reduce oil production in the skin, making future breakouts less likely.
Acne-Derm Dual LED this newly available “Home use” LED device provides:
*Effective treatment in just a few minutes a day
*Visible results in 1 to 3 sessions
*Safe and affordable
*Combines red and blue light therapy in one device
* Convenient size to easily pinpoint breakouts
*Travel-friendly and USB re-chargeable
Clinical results show that at-home devices can be just as effective at treating mild to moderate acne, they are lower intensity than those used in a doctor’s office. However, this also means that they can be used more frequently (On a daily basis if needed) in addition due to their small, portable nature and affordable price point, they are more convenient to incorporate into your routine. The economics are significant, a typical treatment in a dermatologist's office can range anywhere from $50–$100 per session, and patients are typically advised to come in twice weekly for several months, making it an expensive program.
What an international leader in light therapy says:-
Michael Hamblin, PhD, an associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School an international leader in modern light therapy states:-
“Instead of trekking to the doctor’s office to have light shined on them, consumers can now shine a light on themselves at home. The light is basically the same, there are few safety issues, and it is a fraction of the cost... And thanks to the recent availability of low-cost, heat-free (and thus safer) light-emitting diodes (LEDs), there are more do-it-yourself gadgets for treating acne, depression, and pain online.”