In addition to conventional therapies such as topical and oral medications, there are also effective laser and light based treatments for acne.
Omnilux Blue and Red Light
The latest state-of-the-art technology for treating acne is Omnilux Blue and Red Light. Omnilux treats acne by generating high-intensity light which activates natural chemicals found in P.acnes bacteria, the most common cause of inflammatory acne. When stimulated, these chemicals destroy the bacteria and the light stimulates the cells in the body that help destroy P.acnes and aid with the healing process. The blue light targets P. acnes and the red light helps calm the skin by reducing inflammation. The light is produced by Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs. Typically, 75% patients see significant improvement in their acne after four weeks of treatments. Treatment protocol consists of 8 painless treatments over 4 weeks.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is treatments for acne by utilizing a photosensitizing chemical that is applied to the skin about an hour prior to the procedure. The blue light activates the chemical that is specifically absorbed by active old glands and the bacteria that produces acne. This results in a reduction in the oil glands and the destruction of the bacteria. These treatments also effectively reduce sun damage and pre-cancerous lesions known as actinic keratoses.