1What are Blue Light Treatments?
Blue Light treatment is a strategy used to treat individuals with mild to moderate acne. The development of acne blue light therapy has had significant benefits for those individuals who have not responded well to other of methods of treating common acne. The blue light can be administered alone or in conjunction with a topical application of ALA, or Levulan® (aminolevulinic acid), for the treatment of acne vulgaris. Studies show that blue light provides treatment for both active lesions and other inactive sebaceous glands that are not creating active lesions. Pretreatment with topical ALA may offer additional reduction of lesions, pustules, and papules.
2How does the Blue Light Treatment Work?
The BLU-U PhotoDynamic Therapy Illuminator uses a unique high-intensity blue-violet light that destroys Propionibacterium (P. acnes bacteria) in your skin. Visible violet light, present in sunlight, in the range 405-420nm activates porphyrins in P. acnes. This starts a chemical reaction that produces peroxide which, in turn, destroys the P. acnes bacteria.

"BLU-U technology uses high-intensity, 405-420nm wavelength light, which permeates the tissue to reach the P. acnes target safely and effectively. The unique spectrum of high-intensity light triggers the proliferation of endogenic porphyrins, which attack and destroy P. acnes bacteria within the skin. Blu-U creates a destruction rate that surpasses the normal proliferation rate of the P. acnes bacteria, assuring a significant decrease in P. acnes bacteria..." - Clarion Medical Technologies

The treatment itself requires that the client sit in front of the Blue light system for a designated period of time. Care is taken to ensure that the skin is cleansed with soap and water prior to the treatment so that the skin is free of any oil. Special goggles are worn to protect the eyes during the treatment.
3What is Acne?
Acne is a common, chronic skin condition caused by inflammation of oil-producing sebaceous glands. Acne breakouts are most common on the face, but they can also occur on the back, shoulders, neck, chest, scalp, upper arms and legs.

Causes of Acne:
Acne develops when skin cells do not shed properly - they stick together and plug up the pores. An acne breakout starts in the skin's pores. It takes about two to three weeks before a blemish shows up on the skin's surface. This blockage encourages an oil called sebum and a bacteria called propionibacterium (P. acnes) to build up in the skin pores, leading to inflammation. The oil is produced by the sebaceous glands.

Deep within each pore is a sebaceous gland that works to produce sebum, an oil that keeps skin soft and moist. As the skin renews itself, old skin cells die and are shed off. Under the best circumstances this happens evenly and gradually, making way for fresh new skin. But some people shed skin unevenly and as a result, dead cells mix with sebum and clump together to form a sticky plug. This plug traps oil and bacteria inside the pore - the beginning of a blemish. During puberty, hormones accelerate oil-producing sebaceous glands into hyperdrive, putting teen skin at particular risk for acne.

A build-up of P. acnes can cause:
Blackheads and whiteheads, also known as comedones; comedones are enlarged pores filled with sebum. Blackheads are comedones that have opened onto the skin surface. Whiteheads are comedones that are closed on the surface.
Pimples, also known as pustules; these inflamed follicles occur when the P. acnes bacteria in the follicle attracts infection-fighting cells. The follicle may rupture, spilling its contents into the surrounding skin, causing further inflammation.
Nodules and cysts, which are more severe forms of acne that go deeper into the skin, forming firm, deep bumps and swellings; similar to pimples, they result from increased sebum production, which leads to bacterial growth, irritation and redness.
4Who are Good Candidates?
Blue light therapy acne treatment is best suited to treat individuals with mild to moderate acne.
5How Long Does a Treatment Take?
Typically, treatment sessions are approximately 15 minutes long, twice a week for 4 weeks. For optimum results, a maintenance treatment session once a month is recommended after completion of the initial series. By following the treatment plan, you'll see maximum results and enjoy clearer skin.
6Does It Hurt?
Treatments are painless.
7Side Effects/Precautions?
The BLU-U treatment is safe. The blue-violet light penetrates just deep enough into the tissue to reach the acne target. It only affects the P. acnes bacteria, not the normal tissue. Even though there is no evidence of complications, we will not perform this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Please do not use light therapy if you are taking any medication that causes photosensitivity. Goggles are worn to protect the eyes.