Modern medical science continues to discover ways to effectively treat the scourge we know as acne. One of the latest weapons in the arsenal, so to speak, is blue light acne treatment. Many people opt for this relatively expensive treatment for two main reasons.
Reasons for the Light Therapy
For one thing, your skin may have ceased responding to the wide array of oral medications and topical ointments that fight acne in other people. Yet, you don’t want to go the route of the surgical method of lancing because of your fear of needles. You just want to be done with acne without the suffering of ineffective methods.
For another thing, you have given up on the hassles of tracking your medications, be it oral or topical. Your need to avoid the inconveniences of daily medication regimen outweighs your need to save on the money for the blue light therapy. Besides, said therapy is effective, which means you have basically spent the same amount of money had you chosen the traditional – and ineffective, where you are concerned anyway – oral and topical route.
Description of the Procedure
The blue light acne treatment is an approved therapy by the Food and Drug Administration, which is a guarantee that it is a safe method. Basically, the procedure involves killing the P. acnes bacteria with the use of a high-intensity, narrow-band blue light. Take note that this blue light is not a ultraviolet or laser light, thus, there is little chance of sunburn or pain.
Also, blue light therapy is only applicable to mild and moderate cases of acne. If you have severe acne, you may benefit from this light therapy although the results can be limited. We suggest discussing with your dermatologist about the possibility of combining blue light therapy with other forms of acne treatments like antibacterial and hormonal medications.
Your doctor may also consider combining blue light acne treatment with other forms of therapy. It may be a topical photosensitizing solution, for example, with the main aim being to combine two effective standalone solutions for greater efficacy against acne.
Expectations from the Procedure
Unlike laser therapy for acne scars, blue light therapy is relatively quick, easy and devoid of pain. You will either sit down or lie down during the treatment, which makes for a comfortable position. Blue light will then be directed into the affected area for 20-30 minutes.
After the blue light acne treatment, you can go back to your normal activities – no downtime involved. Your treatments, however, will span several weeks with once-a-week sessions before optimal results can be seen. Of course, the number of treatments will depend on the severity of the acne being treated.
The good news is that the results can last for several months, thus, justifying the cost of the treatment. You must return to the clinic if you want to maintain the good results. Your money is well-spent, indeed.
Just how much does the blue light acne treatment cost? We suggest preparing $40 for a single treatment, which can go upwards of $1,000 to $1,500 depending on the package of several weekly sessions. For such an amount of money and for the clear skin, you will be most willing to pay for it.