Acne/Blue Light Treatments
Appearing as early as the pre-teen years and sometimes continuing well into the 30s, acne can be bothersome for a broad range of individuals. There are many causes of acne, and one of the most common is the overproduction of bacteria called propionibacterium acnes, which produces chemicals called porphyrins. These chemicals develop deep within the pores, creating pimples, discoloration, and blotching. More than just unsightly, this skin condition can be the cause of self-consciousness, scarring, and discomfort. While there are an abundant number of available acne medications, including both topical and oral options, Dr. Eugenie Brunner, our experienced facial plastic surgeon and laser expert, often recommends a series of laser treatments called blue light therapy. This is a type of IPL (intense pulsed light) that can help to reduce the incidence of breakouts and oil production that lead to blemishes, with the added potential to provide long-term results.
Blue intense pulsed light is an advanced technology that uses a high intensity, narrow band of light to deliver energy into the targeted area. By focusing the blue light into the porphyrins, free radicals will begin to form and selectively destroy the bacteria, typically without causing harm to surrounding tissue. As a result, skin condition usually will improve and clinical signs of acne should diminish. Dr. Brunner recommends patients undergo a minimum of one to two blue IPL treatments per week for approximately eight weeks to optimize effects, and she will develop a customized treatment plan that addresses each individual’s unique concerns. Most acne blue light sessions last about 15-20 minutes, depending on the number of areas to be treated. There is usually no downtime for this therapy, and most people return to normal activities immediately.