Blue Light Therapy for Acne
Many treatment options are available for moderate to severe acne, and it can be overwhelming. For patients who are unhappy with their current regimen, or who are uncomfortable with taking oral medications, BLU-U® blue light therapy may be an option. Used alone, blue light therapy is effective in killing skin bacteria that contribute to the development of acne. The treatment is not painful and takes less than 20 minutes. It is typically performed once or twice weekly for 4-8 weeks.
Sometimes, a photosensitizing medication called Levulan will be applied to the skin before blue light therapy. This is called BLU-U® photodynamic therapy. When Levulan is absorbed into the oil glands of the skin and is then activated by blue light, it will destroy the cells in the oil glands, making them smaller and decreasing oil production. There is more stinging, burning, redness, and inflammation after photodynamic therapy when compared to blue light therapy alone. A total of four treatment sessions are typically performed at four week intervals.