People who suffer from acne are continually looking for ways to improve the quality and condition of their skin. Acne is a very common problem, and there are many different techniques for dealing with it. One of the newest, and most increasingly popular techniques is known as blue light therapy. This treatment is showing great promise in helping people manage their acne.
Blue light therapy is conducted at a doctor or dermatologist's office. Usually a patient must return for a series of sessions in order to receive the maximum possible effect. The affected skin is exposed to a low intensity source of blue light. This light reaches down to the deeper layers of the skin, and is believed to help prevent the oil or sebaceous glands from producing too much oil. This blue light also works to prevent the proliferation of p cells, which are the most common source of acne.
Acne generally multiplies quickly, though, so patients usually need to receive this treatment on an ongoing basis. A single treatment typically costs around $50 - $70. Packages are often available for continuous visits and sessions, and are usually in the ballpark of $1,200 to $1,500. The sessions usually last around twenty to thirty minutes, depending on the patient and the individual doctor's office.
The blue light procedure is essentially pain free. Patients do not generally experience any major discomfort; they simply have to sit still for the duration while the blue light is applied to the problem area or areas. There are no major side effects to blue light therapy; patients can walk into an office, have the treatment done, and walk back out with no major trouble. People can resume and continue their regular activities while receiving these weekly sessions. Patients who are interested in blue light therapy for their acne should contact a DermaNetwork medspa or cosmetic dermatologist to schedule a consult.