Inflammatory acne, seborrhea, and skin cancer can all have a negative toll on your health and self-esteem. Previously, treatments for these conditions relied on chemicals and ointments that have several possible side effects. Fortunately, research breakthroughs have shown that blue light therapy, a completely safe and natural treatment with zero side effects, can harness the power of simple light waves to treat these conditions. Dr. Christine Lee in Walnut Creek, CA has expertise in using blue light therapy to improve acne and seborrhea and treat skin cancer. And the therapy doesn’t only have benefits for the skin – it can also be used to treat circadian rhythm sleep disorders.
How does blue light therapy work?
Blue light therapy uses light rays of specific color wavelengths emitted from an LED light to target skin or sleep conditions. Different wavelengths emit different types of energy, which then affect the body in different ways.
- As an inflammatory acne treatment, LED blue light therapy uses energy to have an antibacterial effect for the elimination of acne-causing bacteria
- It can also be used to treat issues such as seborrhea, eczema, and psoriasis and can help prevent future flare-ups
- When a patient has a disorder where their circadian rhythm is disrupted, causing insomnia or excessive fatigue, blue light can be used to reset their “internal clock” to bring their sleep patterns back to normal
What can I expect at a blue light therapy session?
Blue light therapy treatment is pain-free and all natural. It is done in the office during a comfortable, quick appointment. Depending on what condition is being treated, you may need to apply a medication to your skin in advance that helps the light waves penetrate more deeply into the skin. The doctor will advise you about whether this is necessary. Then, you will be given goggles to protect your eyes and a special blue light lamp will be used on the target area. The session will last between 15 and 90 minutes, depending on what area is being treated and why.
You may be able to find blue light systems online or over-the-counter, but to achieve the best results, you should work with a professional skin care provider. Patients who are interested in learning more about blue light therapy for skin or sleep issues are encouraged to call Dr. Christine Lee at The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute at (925) 528-0117 to schedule a consultation. She can work with you to determine the best type of therapy for your condition, how many treatments are needed, and suggest complementary procedures or products to maintain your results.