We’re always writing about clear, youthful skin and how to achieve such a look. But what about understanding the little imperfections our skin makes? Take blackheads for example. Not many people, or companies for that matter, bring up blackheads, and yet, it’s a skin concern some people struggle with.
Achieving clear skin shouldn’t only revolve around treating acne formation. It should also include understanding and treating blackheads.
What are blackheads anyway?
Blackheads, also known as an Open Comedo, sit on your skin’s surface. According to PubMed Health, blackheads get their black discoloration due to “changes in sebum as it is exposed to air.”
How do blackheads form?
Your body produces sebum from the sebaceous glands to help lubricate and keep hair and skin from drying out. While the sebum is traveling up a hair follicle, dead skin cells are collected and carried out onto the surface of your skin. This is a natural, daily event that your body goes through.
But what happens when your body produces too much sebum and dead skin cells?
The excess sebum binds the dead skin cells and clog your pores. When the clog is exposed to air, a blackhead is formed.
How to treat blackheads
Blackheads are not a reflection of your level of cleanliness, so scrubbing, scratching, or picking at them won’t remove any evidence of a blackhead. Instead, try a gentler approach with LED light therapy:
Blue LED light is proven to have powerful anti-bacterial properties and helps stabilize oil glands. Since we know blackhead formation starts with the sebaceous glands producing excess sebum, our blue LED light can help support a healthier oil gland. According to this medical study using light therapy, “the total number of open comedones on the face during the treatment period was reduced significantly.”
Our dpl® technologies incorporate red and infrared light therapy to penetrate deep into your skin’s layers. Because of this, our light combination can reach sebaceous glands. As suggested by acne.org, red light therapy can shrink oil glands and reduce the amount of sebum being produced. Red light is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This feature helps relieve the pressure of the inflamed oil gland.
Use our dpl® IIa Panel to activate both blue and red lights to combat those blackheads. Keep in mind light therapy is working from the inside out. Allow your body a few weeks to notice a difference.
Health & Beauty Tips
At reVive Light Therapy, we are committed to sharing health and beauty tips to enrich your life. Everyone deserves to live an empowered life and we want to help you get there. If you suffer from acne, wrinkles, or pain, our light therapy products can help.
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Light therapy – blue and/or red light
Can light really clear acne?. Retrieved October 9, 2017.