What Is Acne?
Acne, or acne vulgaris, is the occurance of pimples, blackheads, and scars on the surface of the skin. The appearance of these blemishes is brought about when the hair follicles become filled with oils and bacteria. Acne most commonly affects teenagers, however, adult onset acne is also very widespread.
While genetics and hormones play a large factor, the major causality of acne is the presence of the P. acnes bacteria. This bacteria is what clogs the follices of the hair increasing the rate of breakouts and scarring. Most treatmentment options for acne involve either the management of oil content in the skin, or the destruction of the P. acnes bacteria.
How Do I Avoid Getting Acne Breakouts?
Acne prevention is a very popular topic, as most cases of teenaged acne can be co-managed with changes in lifestyle. Such changes include:
- Frequent face washing
- Minimal use of make-up
- Fragrance & oil-free hair products
- Excercise daily
- Diet change – avoid chocolates and oil-rich foods.
While lifestyle change does help in the management of acne, it is ultimately best to destroy the P. acnes bacteria entirely. For this reason, most individuals seek the aid of a dermatologist or physician. Below we list a few treatment options that aid in the removal of acne bacteria.
How Does Blue Light Help?
Treating acne using LED light therapy can be done either through the use of blue light or a combination of red and blue light. Blue light targets the first layer of the skin cell to eliminate the P. acnes bacteria while the red light aids in reducing inflammation as a follow up measure.
What makes blue light therapy a clear choice for acne treatments is that it is a pain-free and drug-free procedure that can, in most cases, be used in conjunction with other modalities such as topicals. Treatment times are short and results are usually seen within a few short weeks.