In recent years, the use of blue light waves to treat various skin diseases and disorders has increased. Blue light therapy is a painless, minimally invasive procedure that is regularly used by dermatologists for skin repair and rejuvenation. It is also a standard treatment for specific medical problems.
What Is Blue Light Therapy?
Blue light therapy, also known as photodynamic therapy, is a procedure that uses a combination of photosensitizers (specialized drugs) and blue light wavelengths to treat different conditions. Depending on the part of the body being treated, the photosensitizer is applied to the skin or infused into the bloodstream via a vein. These drugs work only when activated by blue light therapy. For skin cancer specialists, we use the photosensitizing drug Levulan for the treatment of precancerous lesions.
Blue light therapy can be safely used to treat a number of conditions including the following:
Blue light therapy is used to treat precancerous lesions known as actinic keratosis (AK), a skin condition that can potentially develop into cancer.
How it works
The photosensitizing drug Levulan is administered first and left in place for approximately 60 minutes. The blue light is then directed to the skin, activating the drug, resulting in the destruction of specific cells, particularly cancer cells. People undergoing blue light therapy for precancerous lesions generally get very good results. In most cases, the therapy is able to completely remove the lesion.
Repair the skin
Blue light therapy is often used for “off-label” treatment of a variety of skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and rosacea. It can also be used to treat sun damage and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and wrinkles.
Blue light therapy is an additional option for treating acne and is often chosen instead of topical and oral medications. Blue light successfully destroys the p. Acne bacteria in the follicles that cause inflammation. The blue light penetrates into the sebaceous glands of the skin and is directed against the photosensitive bacteria and also reduces the size of the sebaceous glands. After treatment, the amount of oil and bacteria in the skin is significantly reduced. As a result, there will be less inflammation and less pimples, resulting overall in an improvement in the appearance of the treated skin areas. Blue light therapy has proven to help acne patients achieve better skin, as it also helps with acne scars. It is especially beneficial for people with inflammatory acne. Blue light therapy can be used to treat mild to severe acne and is suitable for most skin tones.
Blue light therapy also offers several benefits to the skin and can be used to revitalize aging skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Blue light helps promote the production of collagen and elastin, which are vital proteins that help support the underlying structure of the skin. As more collagen is produced over time, the skin will look firmer and younger. The blue light therapy also improves the skin quality significantly. Blue light can also be used in conjunction with anti-aging ingredients such as antioxidants, retinoids and peptides. It helps to improve the absorption of skin nutrients at the cellular level.
Is blue light therapy safe?
Blue light therapy is generally considered a safe procedure when administered by healthcare professionals with the required training. The light must be applied at the right dosage and at the right time for optimal effect, and the eyes must also be protected with goggles. Side effects of treatment are usually minor and may include swelling at the treatment site as well as dryness. If you live in or near the city center of Atlanta, contact Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. & Aesthetic Center to learn more about our Blue Light Therapy treatments. Call today to make an appointment.