There is a lot of confusing discussions recently about the negative effects of blue light on skin and eyes from exposure to screens and devices. Here at Celluma Light Therapy, we are often asked to explain if this blue light is the same blue light used to effectively treat acne. How can the blue light from screens negatively impact the skin, yet blue Celluma Blue LED light therapy be so beneficial for treating acne?
Celluma Blue LED Light Specifics
Light therapy, using wavelengths in the blue light range of the electromagnetic spectrum, (between approximately 400-500 nanometers) and delivered by FDA-cleared medical devices, are highly effective at killing Cutibacterium (formerly known as Propionibacterium), the bacteria that causes acne. These devices have been around for decades, are extremely safe with limited to no side effects when used correctly.
Don’t Buy into the Marketing Hype!
Contribution By Denise Ryan
With over 30 years of sales, marketing, and product management experience in dental and medical device manufacturing.
She has been with Celluma since January 2012 as product manager, director of sales and currently serves as the global vice president of brand management.
But what about harmful blue light from screens and devices? This rhetoric is simply a MYTH!! Blue light energy is shallow reaching and therefore not even capable of penetrating deep enough into the tissue to cause harmful aging effects. Remember, blue light energy is not UVA or UVB energy. Now more than ever, it is important to distinguish between marketing hype and scientific facts.
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As the manufacturers of the Celluma SERIES of LED devices, we make it our business to stay on top of emerging research, and, to date, we have not seen any credible scientific research to support statements that blue light is aging or damaging to skin. The statistics quoted are usually in orders-of-magnitude beyond what humans could be exposed to from screens or from natural sunlight. Indeed, these “experts” have long been warning of the detrimental effects of prolonged and excessive blue light exposure. But who are these experts? We have found that most times they are dermatologists, researchers, marketers, or other employees working for companies making designer sunscreens or topically applied anti-blue light skin care products.
Today, this fear of blue light is fueling a new product development market and is big business for skin care manufacturers catering to the growing consumer desire for blue light protection.
Unfortunately, claims about damaging blue light emission also tarnishes blue LED light therapy devices used to successfully treat acne. Even FDA-cleared medical-grade LED light therapy devices are lumped together in the discussion of the dangers of blue light from electronics. It is not based on relevant science and has nothing to do with quality LED machines, especially medical grade devices like Celluma.
What the Research Does Prove
Celluma LED blue light therapy is a proven acne treatment for mild to moderate acne vulgaris. As people search for more natural, chemical-free alternatives to traditional medical solutions, light therapy, particularly blue light treatments, fits the bill perfectly. Celluma Blue LED light, especially in combination with red light therapy, emits specific, safe, and clinically proven wavelengths of light to trigger an all-natural effect in human tissue, killing acne-causing bacteria, decreasing inflammation, and improving skin tone, texture, and clarity from the inside out. The Celluma SERIES of LED devices are proven to be safe, effective, and non-toxic, non-invasive modalities for the treatment of a wide variety of skin and pain conditions.
Proven Safety Record, Proven Results
Low-level light therapy is based on light-emitting diode (LED) arrays developed for NASA manned space flight experiments. LED technology generates negligible amounts of heat, is clinically proven to be safe, and has achieved “no significant risk status for human trials” by the FDA. Phototherapy has been studied extensively in Europe and the U.S. for more than 30 years and has been the subject of more than 6,200 scientific papers, published worldwide. There are no reported negative side effects to the therapy, which is painless, non-toxic, and compliments many other traditional therapies.
Don’t be fooled by the marketing hype and commercialization. Do your homework and understand how blue light can effectively benefit your clients and improve their overall skin health. For more detailed information on blue light myths, read Blue Light: The Only Thing to Fear is Misinformation in the Lipgloss + Aftershave archives.