LED LIGHT THERAPY: BLUE LIGHT ACNE TREATMENT, RED LIGHT REJUVENATION| DR DRAY | Summary and Q&A

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December 14, 2018
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LED LIGHT THERAPY: BLUE LIGHT ACNE TREATMENT, RED LIGHT REJUVENATION| DR DRAY

TL;DR

LED devices, such as blue light, yellow light, and red light, can be helpful for treating acne and improving the appearance of photoaged skin, but their effectiveness is limited by the variability of over-the-counter devices and they are best used in combination with other treatments.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Are LED devices effective in treating acne?

LED devices, especially blue light, can be helpful in reducing inflammation and improving the appearance of acne, particularly the red, inflammatory lesions.

Q: Can LED devices improve the appearance of photoaged skin?

LED devices, such as red light, can modestly improve fine lines, wrinkles, and skin sagging, but are most effective when used in combination with other cosmetic treatments.

Q: What are the potential side effects of LED treatments?

LED treatments have minimal side effects, such as transient redness, dryness, and itching. They are generally safe for use, even for pregnant women with acne.

Q: How effective are over-the-counter LED devices?

Over-the-counter LED devices have weaker outputs and variable effectiveness. While they are safe to use, their limited effectiveness makes them less reliable compared to those used in physicians' offices.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • LED devices, specifically blue light, can be effective in treating acne by targeting bacteria that contribute to acne pathogenesis.

  • Yellow light can help with baseline redness of rosacea, but does not treat papules and pustules.

  • Red light can improve fine lines, wrinkles, and skin sagging, but is most effective when combined with other cosmetic treatments.

  • Over-the-counter LED devices have lower outputs and effectiveness compared to those used in physicians' offices.

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