Light-Based Acne Treatment Solutions
A wide range of treatments involving light-emitting equipment are gaining popularity in different skin centers across the country.
Light-based treatment solutions involve exposure to certain types of light energy to achieve the desired effect on the skin. It is used not only in treating acne, but also in addressing other common skin conditions such as to reduce signs of aging, remove hair, or lighten dark spots.
While most of these treatments may only be available in clinics, some are also available for home use.
LED Light Masks
A trend that’s gaining popularity thanks to celebrities, LED light masks make use of different wavelengths, or colors, of light to address specific concerns. Dermatologists have agreed that LED masks are relatively safe, provided that you use only those that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
LED light masks often come with either red or blue light, or a combination of both. Red light is often used to increase blood circulation on your skin and promote collagen, helping reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Meanwhile, blue LED light has been observed to produce highly beneficial effects when used to treat acne. The wavelengths of light associated with blue LEDs target bacteria growth, which helps manage breakouts.
These masks come in form factors designed for wellness clinics as well as for home use, although home masks are typically less powerful than clinic-grade equipment.
The main challenge with clinic-based treatments lies in their cost per session, which can add up considering you’ll have to undergo regular procedures to reap the benefits of the treatment. Home LED masks, on the other hand, may have limited use and can take more sessions before you start seeing results.
However, those looking to buy a for-home LED mask should practice caution—while the use of LED masks is generally safe, it’s important to choose FDA-cleared devices to ensure quality and safety. You should also consider eye protection, as this equipment uses visible light that might be dangerous to your eyes during prolonged exposure.
Blue light has also been frequently seen to cause free radical damage on the skin, so it’s better to consult with your dermatologist before undergoing this treatment.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments make use of multiple wavelengths of pulsing light that target certain colors on the surface of your skin. Because of this, it can address several skin conditions at the same time.
IPL is used for the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines, hair removal, and lightening scar tissues and dark patches of skin. It’s also used to get rid of acne and acne scars on the skin surface, in a procedure called skin resurfacing.
Because of the equipment required for such procedures, IPL treatments are done in clinics with a certified dermatologist who knows what they’re doing. It’s important to go to a licensed dermatologist who has had extensive experience in IPL treatments, as the effects of the light energy being used for the treatment can have significant effects on the skin.
Some risks of IPL treatments include pain, swelling, and discoloration of the skin especially in individuals who are susceptible to keloid scarring or those who suffer from skin resurfacing disorders. It’s also less effective for individuals with darker skin, and results may vary based on the frequency of treatments that you undergo.