Will my acne ever go away?
We’ve all had acne before. And many of us have loved ones, often our own sons and daughters, who have acne right now.
If you have kiddos who have reached puberty – you’ve felt their struggles with acne through their self-image and confidence. With the use of masks throughout 2020-2022 there has been an increase in severe acne conditions. I’ve met many people who feel like the scaring and emotional strain won’t ever go away. But don’t worry, I wouldn’t be writing to you if there wasn’t a way that light therapy could help you and your family with it!
Let’s start from the beginning. What causes acne again?
“There are a variety of causes including genetics, fluctuating hormone levels, stress, high humidity and using oily or greasy personal care products. Acne commonly affects teenagers but can occur at any age.” (Cleveland Clinic)
Acne is a common skin condition that is created when your hair follicles get blocked with dead skin cells, oil, and dirt. Once your hair follicles are blocked, they become inflamed or infected with bacteria. Once your body moves to fight off the bacteria, it results in increased red skin and tenderness.
The four main factors that cause acne (Cleveland Clinic):
Excess oil (sebum) production (Hormones, diet, etc.)
Hair follicles clogged by oil & dead skin cells
Can light therapy treat this? What does science say... Here is a study from PubMed on the impact of light therapy when treating acne:
Clinical trials show that 85% of the patients demonstrate a significant quantitative reduction in at least 50% of the lesions after four biweekly treatments. (Article 1.)
In approximately 20% of the cases, acne eradication may reach 90%. (Article 1.)
3 months after the last treatment, clearance is approximately 70% to 80%. (Article 1.)
The non-respondent rate is 15% to 20%. (Article 1.)
Now, for full transparency, light therapy is still being researched and studied, so there’s always new information coming out. From my own experience and working with clients, light therapy has greatly helped reduce acne and clear up skin.
Light therapy is also an excellent alternative to antibiotics, which bacteria build up a natural resistance to over time, thereby reducing their effectiveness.
"Clinical trials show that 85% of the patients demonstrate a significant quantitative reduction in at least 50% of the lesions after four biweekly treatments.”
Why is light therapy helpful?
Here are two core things happen during a Low-Level Light Therapy session that help relieve your skin of acne:
1. Acne-causing bacteria is sensitive to certain wavelengths of light. When you use blue and red light wavelengths it kills the bacteria without causing damage to your skin. “Light therapy also shrinks the oil glands in your skin, so your skin makes less pore-clogging oil.” (WebMD) 2. Your body gets increased circulation which naturally allows your body to reach the site of infection/blockage. Your body then can clear out the waste and fight off the bacteria. Better circulation speeds this process up and help your scars heal faster.
Acne-causing bacteria is sensitive to certain wavelengths of light. When you use blue and red light wavelengths it kills the bacteria without causing damage to your skin.
Here are the articles I've referenced above:
Cleveland Clinic. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/12233-acne
Article 1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14756640/
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