*Updated June 18th, 2020
Acne treatment has come a long way. Gone are the days where you could only treat acne by visiting a dermatologist. Technology has created alternative acne treatments you can use at home. LED devices using blue light, or a combination of blue and red light, offer a convenient and effective way to spot treat acne. Learn more about the available devices, like those from reVive Light Therapy.
How Does Light Therapy Treat Acne?
Before diving into how light therapy treats acne, let’s review what causes acne. Acne is caused when oil, dead skin, or bacteria block pores on the skin. Bacteria that accumulate in the pores are the main cause behind the pimples we all hate so much.
Before investing in a light therapy device, the first step is to understand how this technology works. Turning on a light therapy device for the first time can be a little intimidating if you don’t know what each light is supposed to do.
When it comes to light therapy for acne, blue light is the shining star. The best way to attack acne is to go after the root of the problem. The use of blue light kills the bacteria that causes it, therefore with no bacteria, you will notice a decrease in the inflammation caused by red pimples. Blue light in the range of 400-480 nanometers penetrates the skin to bacteria in the sebaceous glands. The bacteria that causes acne, propionibacterium, is sensitive to blue light, so the light eliminates it. The blue light also causes the sebaceous glands to produce less oil.
Blue light therapy can be used in combination with red light therapy to minimize scarring. Red light is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, so using the two wavelengths together produces positive effects. Like with every treatment, consistency is key to see the results you desire.
Best LED Spot Acne Treatment Devices For Teens and Adults
Regardless of the perception of many, the battle against acne is not exclusive for teenagers. Yes, for some it starts around the ages between 10 and 13 years old, but it’s not unknown to adults in their 20s, or even 30s. This means that relying on light therapy for acne is an option for teens—and the ones that are no longer teens.
If this is the first time using an LED device, you may want to get started with the reVive Light Therapy® Spot™, a super convenient device that allows you to treat acne on-the-go. If you are more experienced and want to make an upgrade, you might want to consider products like the dpl® Nuve or the reVive Light Therapy® Soniqué™. The Nuve allows you to treat a larger area on your face and the Soniqué™ combines the best of both worlds: light therapy with sonic cleansing technology.
The good news is that there are options for everybody. It is always recommended to consult with a doctor before using any of the devices.
Light Therapy vs. Other Acne Treatments
When compared with other acne treatments, light therapy at home is usually cheaper, while still effective. You will see savings if you compare it to getting blue light therapy treatments done at a doctor’s office since you only need to invest in getting a device once. Another great benefit is that it is less invasive than other treatments, such as dermabrasion.
However, there are things you need to keep in mind while doing this at home. For example, medications like Accutane make your skin more sensitive and can cause some scarring. Always read the instructions carefully before using any LED device and visit our frequently asked questions page for more information.