Acne Light Therapy

Acne light therapy not only kills acne-causing bacteria, it also calms inflammation associated with breakouts, minimizes redness, and promotes overall skin health.

So basically, getting a light treatment for acne allows you to attack breakouts on multiple fronts at the same time.

No wonder people have such impressive results!

Acne Light Therapy - Top Light Treatment for Acne
Light or "photo" therapy skin treatments are becoming more and more popular both in spas and at home for treating acne as well as reducing wrinkles, age spots, and other skin conditions.

Many spas today offer "Photo Facials," which is a term for some type of light therapy, generally used for increasing collagen production and treating skin conditions like acne, brown spots, or broken capillaries.

There are two types of technology currently being used in both home and professional settings for photo facial treatments: LED (light-emitting diode) and IPL (intense-pulsed light).

Understanding the difference between the two can help you choose which one is best for your particular skin concerns.

  1. LED therapy is the gentler of the two and can be performed easily and painlessly in a spa or at home. In fact, there are numerous home LED photo facial products on the market today. LED therapy uses a combination of red and blue LED lights. The blue light is used to treat acne and blemishes, while the red is used to treat wrinkles, age spots, and broken capillaries.

  2. IPL therapy is a type of photo facial that uses laser technology to treat a variety of skin conditions such as acne, age spots, broken capillaries, hyperpigmentation, spider veins, and facial redness. IPL devices deliver a blast of light at very high energy levels that can be uncomfortable or even painful. Because it uses more power and can be more dangerous than LED, IPL is generally performed in a professional setting by a trained aesthetician.


So, which is the best light treatment for acne?

LED is the preferred Acne Light Therapy!

Blue LED light therapy effectively kills the bacteria that cause acne, while also decreasing the inflammation of existing zits.

In addition to its acne fighting and anti-inflammatory properties, LED light therapy boosts collagen and elastin production to fight wrinkles and can help repair sun spots.

In a professional setting, LED photo facials usually cost around $100 or more per treatment, which can get very costly since multiple treatments are needed. Home-based LED photo facial devices are available in a range of costs, with most starting around a couple hundred dollars.

Some of the best at-home LED photo facial products available today are:

LED treatments are a great option in terms of acne light therapy because they are quick, painless, noninvasive, and there is no downtime or serious side effects associated.



While LED is the preferred therapy for reducing acne, IPL is the more effective choice for age spots, freckles, rosacea/facial redness or broken capillaries. IPL can also be used to diminish the appearance of tattoos, varicose veins, and birthmarks.

But IPL may not work for everyone. It is shown to be most effective on those of white European descent with non-oily skin. Insulin-dependent diabetics should avoid IPL therapy, since they may have problems with wound healing and infection.

While IPL therapy is most often performed in an office or spa setting, there is now a home-based IPL device available specifically for acne treatment:

  • CLARO RX was recently approved by the FDA for in-home treatment of mild and moderate acne using a combination of heat and light in accordance with IPL technology.


But no matter which type of acne light therapy you choose, it’s important to remember that you’ll need multiple treatments in order to achieve full results.

For both LED and IPL treatments, experts typically recommend four to six sessions performed at three to four week intervals for the best results.


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