Now this is an interesting topic. I do believe that light therapy does help the skin but I am seeing a lot of differing points of view, some are saying that red light is the answer and some are saying that blue light is the answer. So, which light therapy helps acne the best?
In short both are good for the skin. Red light helps promote healing and may work to decrease the visibility of scarring. But the answer to which light is the best for acne treatment is definitely blue light, so we will concentrate on the why’s and how’s blue light works and thank goodness for that because blue light is what we have at our home. Our girls love Project E Beautys‘ products especially the lights.
What is Blue Light Therapy
The wavelength of blue light has an antimicrobial effect, making it effective at killing several types of bacteria especially the
Propionibacterium acnes, or P acne that can collect in your pores and oil glands and cause breakouts. Using blue light eliminates the bacteria found in the oil glands on your skin. If you add in infrared light (heat) which is common with in home devices then this causes the oil glands to shrink in size as well. The result is less oil in the skin and less bacteria, leading to a noticeable reduction of acne in the treated areas.
There have been many studies conducted with blue light and the reduction in acne and in all the cases I have seen they have all been positive. Generally, it does take a few weeks’ treatment but please do not overdo this sort of treatment and follow the manufacturers recommendations. As an average from the studies I have read, people with acne who were treated with blue light therapy for four to six weeks’ saw an improvement in 70% percent plus of cases.
Treatment can become even more effective when light therapy is included within the regimen of a topical treatment of acne. Most experts agree that if you are taking an oral or prescription acne treatment then blue light should not also be used, it is more for those who want to avoid taking more serious drugs.
Does it work on all types of Acne
The general consensus is yes but some experts noted that on the more extreme sorts of acne such as cystic acne it was not as effective, while others did see a reduction on all types of acne including cystic acne. Project E Beauty has a great range of lights.
In Office or Home Treatments
In Office Treatments such as at a dermatologist are more aggressive in your treatment because of the size of the equipment used and they can treat larger areas in a shorter time frame. There is a cost and it seems as though this ranges from $60 up per treatment.
Home Treatment can be used alongside In Office treatments as maintenance of the problem but it can also be used instead of In Office treatment. Home devices are more convenient as they can be used at any time of day or night and they do lead to similar improvements. There has been huge advancements of at home instruments which allow consumers to get the results they want based on their schedule. The cost of a home blue light device can range from approximately $55 to upwards of a few hundred dollars. A lot of acne sufferers have experienced a significant decrease in the number of acne lesions and in all types of acne, with a home device. Not only have they achieved better skin, there also has been a significant improvement in their self-confidence.
A lot of acne sufferers are young, the success of the treatment and reduction of their acne also helped their social life and interactions with others, both in a personal and a professional setting. This is possibly even a bigger treatment success than just improving the condition itself.
Project E Beauty can cover all types of acne including a desk top light which although it is quite expensive it can get to all the body, so if you have back acne this would be great and has all the colors you require for a full skin treatment.
What sort of Blue Light should I get?
If you have made a decision to get a light for the treatment of acne, there comes now the question of which one?
There are quite a few different options out there. Let’s have a look at a couple of them.
There are handheld devices. These are great and at our house this was what was chosen. Then came “do I get just blue light?” The cheaper handheld devices have just one color but for not much more you can also get one with 2 or 3 colors and infrared and while this may not help with the improvement of acne they do help with all sorts of other skin conditions. This may have been a cunning plan from the girls to get mum to pay for it because she could then use it as well but this was what was decided as well. So we ended up with a multi colored, infrared hand held device. Just please note, if there is going to be more than one user and also between uses clean the device thoroughly.
And if you haven’t guessed yet, Project E Beauty is our recommendation.
There are also freestanding lights going from anywhere from inches wide and high to full body. We are going to discount the full body ones here but they are available. The freestanding can also be purchased with multiple colors and infrared. There isn’t a lot of difference in the pricing between the hand held and freestanding, so its more a matter of personal choice. Because our household had multiple users and areas it was used in then a handheld was thought to be more practicable. We also have pets and we didn’t want a freestanding one to get knocked over by a clumsy cat.
As I mentioned above most of the experts believe that blue light therapy for acne works better with a topical treatment as well. So we can definitely recommend a product that has worked in our household as well as for thousands of clients worldwide. They have a 98% success rate, a return policy that actually works (not that you’ll probably use it), quite often they will have bonus items and free shipping as well. If this sounds like something you might want to look at, just follow this link and once you land on their page head to products/kits, we would recommend the middle kit as this works really well and has everything you may need.
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