Blue light therapy is a system designed to treat cancerous lesions, wherein a light-sensitizing chemical solution is applied to the skin area and exposed to blue light. The photosensitive chemicals absorbed by the skin react with the light to generate reactive oxygen that destroy precancerous or cancerous skin cells. It can also be used to treat acne.
What are the symptoms?
As blue light therapy is used to treat those with precancerous and cancerous skin cells, it’s important to know the signs of skin cancer. Actinic keratosis is one symptom of skin cancer, and is identified as rough, scaly patches on the skin caused by excessive exposure to the sun.
Who gets it?
Blue light therapy is optimal for individuals with multiple lesions (20-30) because they can be treated all at once. Treatment can also be administered to those who wish to remove patches resulting from overexposure to the sun. Lastly, blue light therapy has been shown to be effective in fighting acne in lieu of traditional creams and antibiotics.
Our expert Forefront dermatologists are specially trained to administer this procedure. The photosensitizing agent is applied to your skin, where it is then absorbed. Once absorbed, a blue light is applied, causing the drug to react with oxygen, forming a chemical that kills the harmful cells. If you are interested in blue light therapy, the skin experts at Forefront Dermatology can develop a treatment plan that is safe, effective and personalized for your health needs and the condition of your skin. For more information, or to make an appointment, call the Forefront Dermatology office near you. For locations, click here.