Blue Light Treatment for Rosacea

by Rachel Oliva

Rosacea is a condition that causes chronic flushing, redness and a warm or hot sensation on the skin. It is a skin inflammation that can cause emotional suffering in much the same way that acne can.

Function

Blue light therapy is a medical treatment that uses light to stimulate a photosensitizing drug that is applied to the face. This creates an activated oxygen molecule that can destroy nearby cells.

Significance

Some forms of rosacea may be greatly minimized with blue light treatment. The treatment can see anywhere from a 50 to 80 percent improvement, depending on the patient.

Effects

Blue light therapy has been known to decrease inflammation, pimples and create smoother skin in some people with rosacea, while others don't see much improvement.

Time Frame

The average treatment takes one to one and a half hours. The average person with rosacea needs between six and 10 treatments depending on the severity.

Considerations

Blue light treatment for rosacea is seen as "off-label" since it was intended to treat acne.

Warning

Avoiding the sun for at least one to three days is crucial after blue light therapy.

About the Author

Rachel Oliva is a writer/actress who has been writing since 2005. She has been published in "Valley Scene Magazine" and her voice has been featured in television and radio ads across the country. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater and psychology from Augsburg College. She studied acting at the Actors Studio and the Royal Theatre and writing at the UCLA Writer's Program.