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Blue Laser Treatment Of Acne Pimples

The use of medications for acne treatment

Till now, medications like antibiotics (Doxycycline and others) as well as Accutane (isotretinoin) or Roaccutane have been used to try to decrease or eliminate active acne (acne pimples) of moderate to severe degree of manifestation.


Doxycycline as well as other antibiotics should not be taken for extended periods of time, as the acne-causing bacteria can build up a resistance to the treatment.

Mostly, these medications have been successful in causing side effects to the patients instead of really being able to stop or eliminate acne in most cases. Dreadful side effects are specially to be seen with Accutane or Roaccutane. Please see Accutane side effects on the page

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Light therapy is beneficial to acne:

Sunlight is good for treating acne. Specially the red and blue wavelengths of visible sunlight are effective in doing this job. Red light reaches deep into the skin and activates its vital processes. Blue light penetrates pores and kills acne bacteria. 

How does blue laser light work to eliminate acne pimples?

Recent studies have demonstrated that intense blue light with wavelengths in the range of 420-950 nm target the porphyrins produced as part of the normal metabolism of acne-causing bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes. 


The interaction of the intense blue light and the porphyrins creates singlet oxygen that rapidly destroys the bacteria without causing any damage to the surrounding tissues, and in just a fraction of the time it typically takes for antibiotics to work. 


Thus, the blue light helps eliminate the bacteria found in the sebaceous glands producing sebum in the skin.


The further added presence of infrared light (heat) in the therapeutic device causes the oil glands to shrink in size.

Blue Laser Light Treatment

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Is blue laser light safe to use for acne?

Yes, it is safe to use blue laser light to treat your acne. 

Around how many treatment sessions are needed?

Within eight brief acne blue light laser treatments, over just four weeks, Alma Lasers AFT laser treatment can provide significant improvement and may kill about 99.99% of acne bacteria that the light reaches.


This is three times faster than common antibiotics and topicals. Patients should achieve around 80% or more clearance and treatments for acne take only a few minutes.

Light treatment treats blemishes and pimples. Therefore, this blue laser treatment is designed to control acne breakouts without damaging your skin. 

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  1. Treatment Of Moderate To Severe Inflammatory Acne Vulgaris Michael H. Gold MD, Julie A., Biron BS, Molly Boring RN BSN MSN FNP-C CCRC, Tancy M. Bridges RN NP, Virginia L., Bradshaw RN BA MSN NP-C

   2. Fractional 1320 nm Nd : YAG laser in the treatment of acne vulgaris: a pilot study Hui Deng, Ding-Fen Yuan, Chun-Lin Yan & Xu-An Ding​

   3. Photodynamic Therapy with 5-Aminolevulinic Acid and a Novel Fluorescent Pulsed Light Source Michael H. Gold, MD, and Julie Biron, BS

   4. HarmonyXL Features Upgraded Technology Platform for Expanded Versatility and Efficacy Kevin A. Wilson

   5. Effects of 420-nm intense pulsed light in an acne animal model X. Fan, Y.-Z. Xing, L.-H. Liu, C. Liu, D.-D. Wang, R.-Y. Yang, M. Lapidoth

   6. Modular Light-Based System with Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFTTM) Arie Orenstein MD and Joseph Lepselter PhD

   7. Modular Light and Pulsed-Light System for Treatment of Cutaneous Abnormalities Prof. Arie Orenstein, MD

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