Is Blue Light the Cure For Stubborn Acne?


OK, let’s clear up a few things first as there are a lot of myths or pre-conceptions about acne and most of them are not true.

1. Acne only effects teenagers: It is fair to say that most of us will be afflicted by spots during our teens but there are a large proportion of people that continue (or suddenly start) to get acne in adulthood.

2. Acne is caused by a lack of hygiene and washing: Most acne sufferers are desperate to be rid of their spots and prevent re-occurrence, meaning they cleanse their skin more than the average person ever would.

3. Spots will just go away by themselves or with cleansers / creams: Although most people who get spots will see them clear up on their own without treatment, or a session using anti-bacterial cleansers or spot creams, for many people this just does not work and their spots can last for years and eventually cause permanent scaring to the skin.

4. All spots are the same: There are in fact 4 different types of spots growing in level of severity:

–          Blackheads – caused by small, blocked pores.

–          Whiteheads – small, hard bumps with a white centre.

–          Pustules – bigger spots with typically a lot of pus.

–          Nodules – hard, painful lumps that you can feel under the skin.

5. Spots are just annoying but nothing to worry about: Usually that is true, but for acute sufferers they can severely impact their lives, ruining their confidence, causing depression and sometimes leading to permanent scaring.  I have seen this first hand with a close friend and it had a massive impact on them.

As mentioned above, acne typically has nothing to do with skin cleanliness but is in fact mostly due to the way skin reacts to hormonal changes in our body – in fact my friend’s acne only finally cleared up when she got pregnant. Your skin contains sebaceous glands that naturally release sebum, an oily substance that helps protect it but too much blocks the hair follicles and that is where bacteria and the subsequent inflammation on the form of spots can occur.

Increases in the hormone testosterone can cause too much sebum to be produced so this is why teenagers are most prone to acne as they undergo puberty and testosterone levels rise in both boys and girls.

So what can you do about spots?

As mentioned above, almost everyone gets spots at some time in their lives and for most people they will either go down in a few days on their own or with a bit of help from cleansers, spot creams etc.

If they are much more stubborn then we would always recommend that your next step be that you go to see your doctor who’ll be able to help ascertain the reasons you are getting spots and the best form of treatment – be a stronger, prescription level treatment through to hormone injections.

So what is this Blue light you are talking about?

Blue Light Acne Treatment DeviceWell, one newer type of treatment that does seem to work on 80% of acne is a device that uses a specific blue light.  It seems strange that shining a blue light onto your skin would be able to help where everything else may have failed but there are thousands of reviews to back it up.

How it works is pretty simple – a specific spectrum of blue light penetrates your skin and has been clinically proven to kill the bacteria that forms around your blocked pores and causes most acne and redness.  You can use it as required on spots or simply use daily to pre-empt acne break-outs from occurring.

As I said, it does not work on all types of acne so we would always recommend you speak to a doctor first before buying one and being disappointed.  Some of the leading Blue Light Acne Devices can be found here.