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Red Light Therapy – Things to be Aware of

The truth is that acne is one of the most commonly encountered skin conditions. It affects younger as well as older people, and it usually affects your facial area. With the latter being the most exposed parts of your body you can understand how embarrassing acne can be. However, as the technology advances, new cutting edge treatments are discovered for tackling this particularly annoying dermatologic condition. Blue light therapy is the newest solution, which is going to help you eliminate acne.

How does it Work?

Red light therapy takes advantage of specific red light waves, and they are known for destroying the bacteria which are known for causing acne that lives on our skin as well as in the oil glands, hair follicles, and other parts. P acnes, as they are commonly referred to, are particularly sensitive to these red light wavelengths. This is why they get absolutely destroyed during the treatment.

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Now that you know what red light therapy is, you should also know that it has a particularly great effect on your skin. The therapy is going to help you regain the natural glow of your skin by eliminating the troublesome condition.

Is Red Light Therapy Suitable for Anyone?

The therapy is pain-free, and it is, indeed, suitable for anyone who has acne or other red pimples. It is also known for producing good and promising results for people who suffer from different cystic acne and acne scarring.

Red Light Photodynamic Therapy is also known as an effective treatment for photo aging skin. PDT or photodynamic therapy is a uses a photosensitizing drug substance in order to selectively apply light to targeting photoaging skin, pre-cancerous skin and acne.. As an alternative to Efudex cream or a protracted treatment for precancerous lesions, PDT can help address these types of lesions of the face, chest and hands. When used with lasers on sun-damaged skin, the results achieved are better and faster than when using the light alone.

In preparation of the treatment the skin is cleansed and prepared before the application of the drug to allow for greater penetration. The aminolevuliinic acid will then be applied to the surface of the skin that is to be treated. After a period of time to allow for penetration a light is used. There are many different light sources that can be used as well. There is mild discomfort associated with the treatment. Oral pain medication beforehand is helpful for most patients. After the treatment the skin is very sensitive to light for at least 48 hours until the drug has been metabolized.
Following treatment you want to protect the skin from the sun by wearing sun protection and using sun blocks. Redness of the skin can last up to two weeks. Certainly there are alternatives to PDT, however, it is a definitive treatment for extensive sun damaged or precancerous skin. Its main advantage is the efficacious treatment and it avoids the prolonged uncomfortable treatment coming from 5FU applied topically. Light therapy in general is a lot safer than the majority of ointments and other topical solutions because it demonstrates no significant potential side effects. This means that you should worry about your skin getting dry or irritated. In fact, it is so safe that is even performed on patients who are breastfeeding or who are pregnant.

How Many Procedures Does it Take to See the Results?

As it is with any type of cosmetic dermatology, red light therapy is going to require a different number of sessions for every patient. This depends on the amount of treatments that you are going to require which is based on the severity of your skin condition as well as on the type of your skin. In the majority of cases, the treatment is going to begin with just a few sessions every week and then gradually decreases as time progresses.

Red light therapy is without a doubt amongst the most highly beneficial cosmetic dermatologic treatment plans. This is something that demonstrates absolutely no side effects, has considerable benefits on your skin and is usable on absolutely anyone, regardless of their skin type or condition.


Whether you are thinking about having an aesthetic treatment, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking to additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon who specializes in facial procedures. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering aesthetic and cosmetic services to those in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation, call 805.318.3280 today.


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