Fighting Acne-Causing Bacteria with Blue Light Therapy

iStock_000020383481MediumThe cause of acne is multifactorial. Some attribute it to genetics; others say that is has to do with diet. The textbook definition of acne refers to it as a condition due to the proliferation of the Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) bacteria in the skin. This may have to do with pores that are clogged with excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells.

Although acne is commonly found on the face, it can also appear on the neck, chest, arms, and back. It comes in different forms, from noninflamed comedones (whiteheads and blackheads) to painful nodules to pus-filled cysts.

There are numerous acne treatments available and what works for you may not work for someone else. Patients at Matsuda Dermatology have found that Blue Light Therapy has proven effective in taming their acne. The procedure employs light in the blue wavelength (from 405 to 420 nm) to reduce Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). This procedure is approved by the FDA and is often the treatment of choice for those who haven’t responded to other forms of acne therapy.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding can use blue light therapy for acne. Extreme skin dryness, a common adverse effect of topical anti-acne products, is rare following blue light therapy.

Would you like to learn more about acne blue light therapy? Schedule a personal consultation today by calling 808-949-7568 or by filling out our contact form. We look forward to your visit!