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Will Blue Light burn my skin?

I have very fair, sensitive skin. Is the blue light powerful enough to irritate or burn my skin? I sunburn very easily.

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Replied on 2/1/2010

By: Poole Dermatology, The Laser Center of New Orleans  |  Jeffrey C. Poole, MD
Mara A. Hasectine, MD

Metairie, LA


Blue Light therapy, as used in the Omnilux or Blu-U treatment of acne and other similar devices, is a non-ionizing form of light. It does not burn and does not increase your risk of skin cancer. Treatment with blue light alone generally results in a mild warming sensation, and should not cause any skin damage or burn. In my 7 years of experience with Omnilux, I have had a patient experience a burn.
When blue light is used in combination with the topical application of a chemical photosensitizer, as used for some pre-cancerous growths, this treatment is called photodynamic therapy, and does result in a burning sensation, redness, swelling and peeling.


Replied on 1/29/2010

By: Celibre Medical Corporation  |  Laser Dermatology & Injections
Orange, CA


The blulight is not the same kind of light as sunlight and will not burn the skin. In addition, most Blu-U treatments are limited to 20 minutes.


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