Why Red Light Makes Blue Light Acne Treatment Better
Blue light is an effective acne treatment with a long list of benefits. However, red light therapy has its own very powerful benefits, and research has proven that the combination of red and blue light is even more effective for acne treatment than blue light alone.
July 2000 - British Journal of Dermatology says:
"We found a final mean improvement of 76% in inflammatory lesions using a combined blue±red light radiation which was
significantly superior to those achieved by blue light or benzoyl peroxide."
Red Light Speeds Acne Clearing, Prevents Scarring & Reduces Existing Acne Scars
Red light reduces inflammation (redness and swelling), speeds clearing and helps prevent new scars.
Visible red light (630nm-700nm) therapy is an effective, scientifically
and clinically proven acne treatment that speeds the skin’s natural healing
process and efficiently prevents scarring. David Olszewski, EE, IE, and co-author
Years Ahead: The Illustrated Guide to Full Spectrum and Colored Light in
discovered that there is a 200 percent increase
in the speed at which skin heals when it is exposed to visible red light.
In fact, in 1903,
won the Nobel Prize in Physiology for his
use of red light in small pox treatment for the acceleration of healing and
the prevention of scarring. Finsen also used the same red light techniques
to treat lupus patients, successfully aiding in the treatment of this often
Benefits of Combination Red and Blue Light for Acne Treatment
- 100% natural and non-invasive
- drug-free with no adverse side effects short or long term
- safe for all ages and safe for daily use
- easily self-administered in your own home
- no down-time
- does not stop working over time
- may be effective against antibiotic resistant strains of acne causing bacteria.
- decreases inflammation (redness and swelling)
- speeds skin healing
- reduces acne clearing time
- facilitates healing without scarring
- helps heal pre-existing acne scars over time
How Does Red Light Work in Acne Treatment?
When different wavelengths (colors) of light shine on the skin, they are absorbed into the skin, setting off natural processes within it. Different results are achieved depending on the color of the light. Red light is known to increase blood flow and oxygen flow, accelerate the skin’s natural healing processes, and reduce pain.
Visible red LED light is capable of penetrating the skin to a depth of about 8 to 10 mm. Once absorbed, the light provides adequate energy to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. This makes visible red light therapy an ideal acne treatment, as it decreases inflammation, speeds acne clearing, and reduces scarring – exactly what acne sufferers are looking for.
Research Supporting Red and Blue Light Acne Treatment
Just like blue light, red light for acne treatment is supported by independent research all over the world.
Red light phototherapy alone is effective for acne vulgaris: randomized, single-blinded clinical trial.
2007 Oct; 33(10):1228-33; discussion 1233.
"The percent improvement in noninflammatory and inflammatory lesion counts of the treated side was significant compared to the control side (p<.005). VAS decreased from 3.9 to 1.9 on the treatment side and the difference between the treatment and control sides was significant at Week 8."
Read the full study @ PubMed.gov
Phototherapy with blue (415 nm) and red (660 nm) light in the treatment of acne vulgaris.
2000 May; 142(5):973-8.
"Assessments were performed every 4 weeks. After 12 weeks of active treatment a mean improvement of 76% (95% confidence interval 66-87) in inflammatory lesions was achieved by the combined blue-red light phototherapy; this was significantly superior to that achieved by blue light (at weeks 4 and 8 but not week 12)"
Read more @ PubMed.gov
Combination blue (415 nm) and red (633 nm) LED phototherapy in the treatment of mild to severe acne vulgaris.
PubMed.gov - 2006 Jun; 8(2):71-5.
Combination blue and red LED therapy appears to have excellent potential in the treatment of mild to severe acne. Treatment appears to be both pain- and side effect-free. Read more @ PubMed.org
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