Blue Light Kills Acne Bacteria in Only Seconds
I first got the idea about this when I started to hear that blue light killed other types of bacteria in only seconds, such as the bacteria that causes the gum disease peritonitis, then later, MRSA.
A company called Solta Medical did some
specific research for their acne treatment product, Claro, and they proved that blue light kills the majority of exposed acne bacteria in as little as 6 seconds.
They tested their light against 4 others, two of which used only blue light, the Evis Marvel Mini (414nm) and Tanda (415nm.) Evis killed 68.3% of the acne bacteria in 6 seconds. Tanda – 62.1% of acne bacteria dead after a single 6 second treatment.
My Own 6 Second Test
As soon as I read this research I tested it on a pair of stuborn zits I had on between my shoulder blades. I used the
Hybrid (since upgraded and now the Tri Peak™) at a distance of 6″ away for 6 seconds over the course of 4 days. Only 24 hours after a single 6 second treatment you can see most of the inflammation is gone – the zits are on their way out.
As a result of their research and my own 6 second test, I reduced the treatment time on every acne light I’ve sold since to only seconds per area with excellent results.
What does this all mean for you?
It is safe to say that
any blue light near a 415nm peak will kill roughly 60% of the acne bacteria it can reach within 6 seconds of treatment time. Lights that peak farther from the UV, such as ones that use 450nm or 470nm, will take longer, but still only measuring in the seconds.
If you are currently using a
blue light acne treatment product, cut your treatment time down to about 15 – 60 seconds per area. You will get the same results as the longer treatment times, or likely better.
If you are using a
combination of red and blue light, use it a little longer, say 60 or 90 seconds to get more benefit from the red.
What if you want the anti-aging benefits of red light, too? Then you should be using blue and red light separately. Use the blue light for 30 or so seconds, then use the red for up to three minutes per area.
Don’t Waste Your Time
Whatever acne light you own or are
intending to buy, it will kill acne bacteria in as little as 6 seconds, so do not waste your time sitting there for 15 minutes. When it comes to light therapy, enough is enough, more is never better.