With the popularity of using controlled light therapy for acne on the rise as a safe and effective alternative to costly and painful procedures, many companies are coming out with handheld light devices in red or blue, about the size of a lipstick case. When a blemish or cold sore erupts, simply treat the area 3 times a day by holding the device directly over the area for 1 minute sessions for gentle healing and rejuvenation at your fingertips. A way to speedily boost acne healing is to supplement vitamin D and A (Accutane is concentrated vitamin A after all)!
Therapeutic light therapy for acne has been documented throughout many cultures as a common practice in traditional medicine. Literature from ancient Indian texts can trace the use of controlled light, or phototherapy, to 1500 BC only to be predated by Buddhist medical documentation estimated at 200BC.
With approximately 50 million citizens of the United States suffering from some degree of acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, light therapy for acne is once again being utilized as a holistic alternative to harsh chemicals, microdermasbrasive scouring, cryotherapy, dermaplaning (surgical scraping), or CO2 lasers. There are a number of factors that can cause a person to have acne outbreaks, ranging from bacteria or excess oil in the pores, clogged pores, and bodily inflammation.
Light therapy harnesses the power of light for medical treatment in skin and wound healing and has been used effectively in the treatment of T-cell lymphomas, psoriasis, vitiligo, and eczema. Light therapy offers a natural treatment option for those suffering from acne. There are three separate treatment options available, each posing a unique approach to using light therapy for acne.
Blue Light Treatment
Blue light therapy for acne is mainly used in the defense and direct removal of bacterial acne. The first thing to understand about the blue light treatment is that it is not a cure for your acne, but an outstanding way to remove what acne is visible on your body. The blue light therapy is used to directly destroy the bacterial acne cells in a method that is both painless, and harmless, to the cells surrounding the targeted area.
The bacterial acne cell continually creates tiny particles called porphyrins. These particles enter a self-destructive phase when exposed to the correct wavelength of light, with the blue wavelengths excelling at this process. This serves to clear away acne breakouts as the main component particles, the free radicals, are eliminated.
Red Light Treatment
Red light therapy for acne utilizes the red wavelength to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Different wavelengths of light penetrate the skin in different concentrations, with red penetrating down almost 10mm. Penetration to this depth allows the red light to stir the blood of the body, increasing both the blood flow and the oxygen transportation speed of the body.
This increased flow allows the body’s natural immune processes to work much quicker, helping the body clear up current outbreaks and prevent future ones. Combining the blue and red light treatments is the ideal light therapy treatment plan. This combination offers as much as a 76% increased efficiency of acne removal over blue light alone, according to this study by the British Journal of Dermatology.
Infrared is the final light therapy option and directly targets the cells for stimulation. Taking the red light treatment to the next level, infrared light penetrates the skin between 30-40mm allowing it to reach the cells of the body for direct absorption. The cells then convert this new light into energy, allowing the cells of the body to be boosted in their production abilities greatly improving their capability for regeneration and other restorative measures.
Controlled light therapy for acne is very effective at removing and preventing breakouts, and the safest treatment method on the market. It is also used as a beneficial tool to assist the body in rejuvenating scarred and damaged dermal surfaces from previous acne flare-ups, allowing your skin to shine bright once more.
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By now, we should all be aware that there are certain foods that can help us treat our skin from within, and aid us in maintaining a naturally healthy complexion. It is important to remember that although Aesthetic procedures can help rejuvenate and re-awaken your natural good looks, It is important to supplement your skin care routine with a balanced diet to promote longevity and youthfulness.
There are several types of food good for skin maintenance. These foods are high in essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and Omega 6, which help suppress the type of inflammation that results in saggy skin, blotchy skin patches, wrinkles, and fine lines. Some skin enhancing foods that are high in these essential fatty acids are: Almonds, Flax Seeds, Tuna, Salmon, Avocado, Legumes, spinach, broccoli, kale, and many others.
Start your day with a Green Veggie / Flax Seed / Avocado smoothy, or end your night with a delightful Sesame Crusted Salmon Filet, and better your skin from within.
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Dermapen® greatly improves skin, softens or erases signs of aging, minimizes or eliminates scars, and can stimulate hair follicles growth and treat hair loss.
As we age, our skin becomes thinner, less elastic and sallow and develops wrinkles, spots and changes in texture. This occurs due to both intrinsic aging (genetic aging) and extrinsic aging (sun damage, pollution, stress, diet, smoking, etc). Decrease in collagen production, DNA damage by free radicals, slower renewal processes, and increase in enzymes that break down collagen and elastin (integral components that give our skin its youthful, supple appearance) and other mechanisms, produce negative effects on our skin. Eighty percent of these changes in the skin, especially of the face, neck, décolleté, and hands, are due to extrinsic aging.
To improve the skin and restore its youthful appearance, texture and vibrancy, one must initiate a healing process. At Esthetica MD, we utilize a procedure known as micro-needling or percutaneous collagen induction therapy with use of an automated hand-held device – Dermapen®. This procedure kick-starts the healing and regenerative process by introducing appropriate products, such as peptides, antioxidants, growth factors, stem cells and others, into the skin to provide a truly beneficial and effective treatment.
In a fairly comfortable way, Dermapen® creates small (0.02 mm) penetrations in the skin, producing micro channels through which rejuvenating products can be delivered. The depth and speed of penetration can be adjusted for specific areas of the face, neck, hands or body. This process does not injure the surrounding skin, but instead stimulates the repair response and allows introduction of numerous beneficial products to the areas where they would be most effective; think of it as airing out your lawn and introducing nutrients and oxygen for a healthy, vibrant look. This procedure is safe for all skin types and is of great benefit as a preventive, anti-aging modality.
Studies have shown that Dermapen® leads to a 200% increase in collagen production in the skin without potential hazards or costs associated with lasers that are at times used in skin rejuvenation procedures. Dermapen® skin rejuvenation and conditioning protocols are relatively comfortable, take about 30 minutes to perform and have minimal or no downtime.
In summary, automated micro-needling (percuteneous collagen induction therapy) is a remarkably efficient, safe, flexible, and relatively painless procedure in the armamentarium of facial, neck (and other areas) rejuvenation. The hands of time can be turned back and the procedure, whether as a standalone or combined with other modalities, provides clearly measurable, beneficial changes for those interested in addressing wrinkles and looking younger, healthier and more vibrant. It is a reliable, 100% scientifically supported procedure with minimal downtime, and is affordable essentially on any budget.