Blue light therapy is a noninvasive treatment for acne that uses light to kill certain bacteria on the skin. A form of phototherapy, blue light treatments are FDA-approved for acne vulgaris that is moderate or has not responded to other therapies.
An Innovative Way to Control Moderate Acne
Trouble with acne is not exclusive to teenagers; many young people in their 20’s and 30’s have hard-to-control acne. We know there are many professional acne treatments out there for you to try and it can be overwhelming. If you have moderate acne and are uncomfortable taking antibiotics or are unhappy with your current topical treatment results, BLU-U® blue light therapy – using light without drugs or antibiotics – may be something for you to try.
The Blu-U® is a unique blue light that kills the P.acnes bacteria in your skin. Treatments are simple – you sit with your face close to the light for approximately 17 minutes about once or twice a week. Initial treatments may go on for four or five weeks. Blu-U® is a safe, painless, inexpensive, yet effective way to keep stubborn acne at bay without the unwelcoming side effects of harsh topical or antibiotics.
For patients with moderate to severe/cystic acne or simply with mild to moderate acne that has proven resistant to other forms of treatment, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) can be a game-changer.
PDT is hands down the quickest, most-effective, safest way to control acne and clear the skin.
During a PDT treatment, a photosensitizing agent (Levulan) is applied to the skin and left to incubate for approximately 1 hour. Levulan is a 20% aminolevulinic acid and is found naturally in the body making it a very safe option. Following a period of incubation, the patient will sit under the Blu-U® light for approximately 17 min to activate the Levulan which is a clear, painless solution. Once activated, the Levulan is absorbed by active acne sebaceous glands (the place where acne starts) where it kills bacteria and shrinks overactive oil glands.
Prior to PDT, Accutane was the gold-standard for treating stubborn cystic acne. However, Accutane comes with a host of unwanted systemic side effects including depression, severe birth defects, changes in night vision, liver abnormalities, and dryness. Conversely, PDT has no negative side effects and works well on the vast majority of patients.
PDT is not currently covered by insurance as use of the drug to treat acne is deemed off label at this time. However, we have great in-house financing options for those desiring payment plans. Just ask us.