Does LED Work for Acne Treatment?
- Asked 6 years ago
Acne - can't stand that nothing is working to reduce it. I read about LED light treatments and that could work on acne, but not going that direction unless someone can tell me it works. too expensive and time consuming if not.
Blue light LED works to improve acne
LED light treatments in our practice are $35 per session and only $25 per session if done with another service such as a deep cleansing facial.
Typically patients will come in for two treatments a week for 3-4 weeks or until improvement is visible. At that point we gradually decrease the frequency of treatments. The treatment only takes about 20 minutes and does not leave any visible signs that you have had a treatment done.
Web reference: http://www.DrArmandoSoto.com
Treating acne with LED light
I am only familiar with the Gentle Waves LED. I think it is excellent for post procedure treatments. It seems to really calm the skin. Gentle Waves generally gives the skin a nice tone and texture. Patients look more relaxed and healthier.
However, it does not satisfactorily addressall the causes of acne: sticky, plugged pores, bacterial overgrowth in the pores, excessive sebum output and the subsequent inflammation. It only works on the latter. So while it might be somewhat helpful in acne, there are far far more effective treatments available.
LED Blue Light Treatment For Acne
LED blue light therapy is often quite effective for mild to moderate acne. Acne is often exacerbated by the presence of bacteria, particularly P.acnes which multiply in the sebaceous glands. The skin becomes inflamed when the body tries to fight these invaders. Inflammation is something that is worth addressing/preventing since it can lead to acne scars.
People with acne typically have more bacteria in their follicles than those without acne. Keep in mind that this is just a correlation. Bacteria is not the cause of acne breakouts.
LED works when the light is absorbed by the polyphorins which are produced by the bacterial cell bodies. This leads to the destruction of these organisms.
The Spectra laser, however, not only addresses bacteria, it also inhibits the activity level of oil producing sebaceous glands. And it also clears out blockages in your skin pores.
Web reference: http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-acne/
Recent LED Skin Treatment Reviews
Blue LED light can be helpful for acne, particuarly preceded by Levulan
Blue LED light can be helpful for acne by reducing colonies of bacteria responsible for acne and by exerting anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. However, the clinical benefits of Blue LED light multiplies when it is preceded by application of Levulan of various duration as determined by an experienced board-certified dermatologist when it used as part of photodynamic therapy (PDT).
Web reference: http://www.drwilliamting.com/Photodynamic_Therapy_PDT.html
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