Did you know the medical term for common acne is Acne Vulgaris? How appropriate for this universal bane of adolescents and some adults. To fight it, we resort to topical acne products that make the skin like the Sahara or we opt for prescription remedies with potential side effects.
But at Matsuda, we offer blue light therapy for acne.
What is blue light acne therapy?
This non-invasive therapy uses light in the blue wavelength. Not because we like the color, but because these wavelengths can kill the Propionobacterium Acnes, the bacteria responsible for acne. Blue light therapy is FDA approved and is recommended to treat moderate acne vulgaris, especially if it hasn’t responded well to other treatments.
How does it work?
In the past, you may have heard of teenagers receiving ultraviolet light to treat acne. But now that we know the damage UV light does to the skin, that therapy is no longer used. Blue light therapy doesn’t involve UV light.
The key is something known as porphyrins. When the hemoglobin in red blood cells breaks down, porphyrins are released. Coincidentally, the bacteria in acne also release them. Porphyrins absorb light, but only light at certain wavelengths, such as those in blue light. The prophyrins absorb the blue light and it causes free radical damage, which destroys the bacteria.
What’s involved in the treatment?
Prior to receiving the light, patients may have a photosensitizing solution applied topically. If they have, then they receive eight minutes of blue light treatment. Those who don’t receive the solution beforehand receive 15 minutes of light treatment. Treatments are usually twice per week for four weeks.
So, take the upper hand with acne with our blue light treatment at Matsuda Dermatology. It’s painless, non-invasive, doesn’t use drugs or harsh chemicals, and works when other treatments fail.
Call us at 808-949-7568 and ask us about blue light therapy for acne.