People react differently to the presence of acne on their face and body, but it often results in poor self-image, depression anxiety and many times permanent physical scarring of the skin.
A 2001 experiment from Queens Medical Center in Nottingham, UK found that acne was prevalent in 50% of adolescents and had “considerable impact on emotional health in this age group.” But does light therapy really work or is it just a craze? Here are the news and updates about the Acne UK Treatment.
Acne is one of the most common dermatological disorders encountered in everyday practice. It is routinely treated with a variety of systemic and topical medications; however, factors such as antibiotic resistance, patient needs for faster results, and adverse effects associated with some medications have led researchers to search out alternative therapies.
Newer technologies have recently emerged to doctors in their treatment of acne patients. A variety of light sources and lasers have been shown to be useful as therapy for a variety of conditions including moderate to severe acne. Light sources including intense pulsed lights and blue light are becoming regular in addition to routine medical management in order to enhance the therapeutic response in these patients.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) may change many of the acne paradigms as its place in the therapeutic armamentarium becomes cemented in the treatment of moderate to severe inflammatory acne, with increasing numbers of clinical studies around the world demonstrating the adequacy of using external photosensitizers like methyl aminolevulinate or 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) in combination with light (PDT) in this patient group.
The use of these techniques may have different clinical results and outcomes in different skin types and, in particular, in patients with non-Caucasian, ethnic pigmented skin; however, the experience with these devices in Latin America is limited because the cost of both the photosensitizers and technologies are prohibitive.
Some Protocols for Light Acne Treatment in the UK
Based on the idea that light therapy and PDT appears to be the next frontier in acne treatment. In the UK, three devices have either been approved or cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for light-based treatment of acne: the clear light blue-light therapy, which uses a noncoherent light source (405–420 nm), the cool touch Nd:YAG laser (1,320 nm), and the Smoothbeam diode laser (1,450 nm).
To treat mild acne that has not responded well to topical or medical therapy, the use of clear light therapy device, a noncoherent light source (405–420 nm), or some device emitting blue light is recommended because it is perhaps the safest and most convenient procedure.
For moderate acne, any one of the three devices approved by the FDA is an option. If the patient has any acne scarring, the lasers are probably better because they may improve the scarring. If the patient has a darker complexion, blue light is better because such patients run the risk of pigmentation changes from the cryogen spray used with lasers.
Severe acne probably requires laser treatment because the lasers may go deeper and damage sebaceous glands. Cystic acne needs isotretinoin, however, and even the lasers probably do not penetrate deep enough to be of use.
Acne treatment UK: Blue and red lights
Blue light does not have the same physiological effects as red light, and in fact, has some effects which oppose red light.
To be clear, blue light is necessary and vital to our health because blue light entering our eyes feeds into our circadian rhythm/clock in the brain, which regulates numerous hormones and neurotransmitters, and many vital functions. So I am not saying that blue light is bad— to the contrary, we need blue light to be healthy (especially blue light entering our eyes). There are also some other potential uses of blue light like whitening teeth or treating acne.
But blue light directly on the skin, or on wound/injury sites, muscle tissue (or anything where one might use red light) is a bad idea. The blue light isn’t doing anything beneficial in that case, and may even be detracting from the benefits of red light. In the case of anti-aging treatments on the skin specifically, it is almost guaranteed to be counter-productive, as blue light can actually damage skin cells.
Moreover, we all spend huge amounts of time indoors under fluorescent or LED indoor lamps that have tons of blue light. Our personal devices like phones, computers, iPads, etc. also emit a lot of blue light.
So most of us are being bathed in blue light all the time while being massively deficient in red. Again, blue light does not stimulate the same physiological benefits as red light.
PROBLEMS IN ADOLESCENCE
A large proportion, almost 90% of teenagers suffer from this “illness”, which may cause severe aesthetic and psychological problems. Additionally, improper treatment may leave behind permanent scars. Acne or blackheads, commonly called pimples, form when the opening of the sebaceous glands in the skin becomes blocked for some reason, which leads to the proliferation of bacteria and eventually to inflammation. Pimples usually emerge during adolescence in response to a combination of factors, such as hormonal changes, inherited predisposition, and environmental effects.
In order to prevent more significant blemishes and unsightly scars, acne treatment should start early.
Cleansing is very important: facial skin should be thoroughly cleaned in the morning and in the evening with lukewarm water and soap or a cleansing lotion.
Remove all powder or makeup before going to bed. Only non-irritating and nondrying facial care products should be used. Do not use strongly drying and irritating liquid soaps because they increase sebum production. In order to avoid the oiliness of the forehead, frequent hair washing is recommended. Topical treatments used in-home care may be sufficient for the mildest cases: in order to counteract a too thick stratum corneum, pimples should be treated with exfoliants, drying paste, or suspensions, usually applied in the evening. Pharmacological therapy may be used in addition to localized treatments.
Treatment: Treat the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes two or three times a day.
Light therapy: The color green is recommended for the affected area, yellow for the liver and the spleen, and orange for the kidneys.