If you have tried treating your acne with over-the-counter products and they haven’t given you the results you want, you are not alone. These kinds of acne treatment products don’t work for everyone. You might need a stronger medication that only a dermatologist can prescribe. For particularly stubborn acne breakouts, light-based acne treatments are another option.
Light Therapy for Acne
Medical science has tapped into the power of certain wavelengths of light for the purpose of destroying the kinds of bacteria that cause acne and other kinds of skin infections. It’s been understood by scientists and medical researchers that specific wavelengths of light can be used to reduce inflammation on the skin as well as keep certain kinds of bacteria from thriving. This is known as photo-therapy, light-based therapy, or blue light therapy. It goes by a variety of names because of the different light wavelengths that are used for treating different kinds of skin conditions.
The oil and moisture in your pores is a perfect breeding ground for acne bacteria. When you shine certain kinds of light on the skin, substances that are toxic to acne bacteria are formed. They kill the bacteria, and the swelling in your pores is diminished as a result. Light therapies have a way of tightening the skin as well. When the skin is dried and tightened, so are the oil glands embedded in the skin. This forces them to produce less oil, making the skin a much less desirable environment for the reproduction of acne bacteria.
You should stay out of direct sunlight for a week or more, especially in the summertime, before having light-based acne treatments. If you use a tanning bed, you should take a break from it for the same length of time before your appointment. You will be informed of exactly how long to avoid these things during the consultation, should you choose to receive treatment with us. If you use tanning creams or lotions, you might have to stop using these for a while as well. Many of these contain ingredients that can decrease the effectiveness of light therapy treatments or can cause unwanted side effects.
In some cases, our dermatologists will suggest a combination of light therapy with medication for clearing acne breakouts. These medications increase your skin’s sensitivity to the red or blue light, making the procedure more effective. This branch of phototherapy is called photodynamic therapy. To avoid sunburns, you should stay out of the sun for a few days after treatment if you have had photodynamic therapy.
Get in Touch for More Information
To learn more about our light-based acne treatments, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Silk MedSpa. At our convenient locations in Mississauga, Toronto, and Thornhill, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option in full and answer any questions you have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!