Blue Light Acne Therapy...Does it Really Work?!
A medical study conducted in 2015 looked at the usage of light & laser treatments for acne issues and compared it's effects on acne with that of other current treatments like clindamycin. The results? Blue light therapy showed an overall 34% reduction in inflammatory acne compared to that of clindamycin; when comparing light therapy to benzoyl peroxide? Try a 76% improvement of inflammatory lesions :0 The American Academy of Dermatology, also addresses how effective lasers & lights are as therapy for acne and breakout-prone skin. Find out more >here<. The FDA has approved some visible light or LED devices for at-home usage for these treatments as they are less- powerful than the ones used in a professional's office. Infrared light has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of the following conditions: some pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, & nodules.
A Cochrane Review was conducted in 2015 that looked at over 70 studies and over 4,200 participants and the effectiveness of the use of light therapy for acne. Their main goal with their review was to find out if the treatment improved acne conditions and if participants found the treatment to have noticeable adverse effects as well. The end results found that the quality of the evidence provided thus far from the studies conducted in general, is of a 'moderate' quality level, but does suggest that more well-planned studies should be concluded that can compare the effectiveness of these types of treatments with other current acne treatments on the market.
They also want more conclusive evidence on the true clinical effects and side effects of light therapy acne treatments. I agree that light therapy treatments for acne conditions should be studies further, but I can attest for years of personal use that this treatment has worked for me thus far. Not only have I seen an overall improvement in breakouts, but there are areas I haven't been able to keep clear on my face and body for years that simply don't even break out any longer. Of course it's not a miracle treatment and it's not 100%, but it does work quite well and won't require tons of yucky ingredients and creams just to keep the breakouts at bay.
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Clear Anti-Blemish Device
The 414nm blue light penetrates approx. 1.5mm beneath the skin's surface to destroy the P.acnes bacteria and features sonic vibration to increase microcirculation- which reduces swelling & inflammation. This also agitates the skin in such a way that the bacteria is exposed to more light as well, which aids in its destruction! The gentle warming function that's actually produced by the light energy, opens up your pores and that's what allows more light to reach the bacteria. There's a built-in temp sensor that monitors the temperature of the treatment surface and after 10 mins. of continual use , there will be 2 short audible beeps right before the automatic shut-down of the unit occurs. The unit will also turn off if it's removed from the treatment area for 20 secs. or more.
To complete a course of treatment, you can start with your first area and the timer will beep once every 2 mins. to signal that it's time to move on to the next area of treatment. For best results, the included instructions advise that a blemish should be treated 3 times daily with the device and I also agree with this recommendation as I discovered this to bring my best results as well. The me Clear device is not recommended for those with Severe/Nodular acne, Severe Cystic Acne, or Comedonal Acne, however it does work well for those with Mild to Moderate Acne with severe & several inflamed blemishes, whiteheads, and pustules.
This makes it an affordable option for a large many acne sufferers and it's also a great device for those who just might want to stop an rare pimple or breakout dead in its tracks ;) It's not super loud or heavy and it's great at pinpointing a concentrated area for your face, without stressing out already inflamed, irritated skin. Although I do get a bit of redness from the treated area, this is short-lived and goes away within a few mins. What I have noticed, is that even after just a couple of treatments in an area, I get a marked improvement on the reduction of the blemish and it's often completely gone within 2-3 days of treatments. Once I've gotten a blemish completely gone, I continue to treat the area for up to a week after for every-other-day- twice daily.
This seems to help prevent future issues in the same area. What I really love about this awesome tool is that it doesn't break the bank, it's easy, doesn't hurt my sensitive skin, and it actually works- without harmful, yucky ingredients or treatments that have unwanted results & negative side effects. You may have recognized this awesome tool from somewhere before...yup- that's right...we've recommended & reviewed this fantastic item in the past- which is why we couldn't wait to share our ongoing results! We promised to give you and update and here it is ;) We couldn't LOVE this thing more and if you've been considering giving it a chance or haven't heard of it until now- but you're wondering about it now, give the me Clear Anti-Blemish device a try...you won't be disappointed!!!