Using Infrared Light Therapy to Treat Acne

One treatment option for people struggling with acne is infrared therapy. We all know that acne is an inflammatory disease that occurs as a result of a chain reaction due to the presence of bacteria on the skin known as acne vulgaris.

After being told that they have the option of using infrared light therapy to get rid of acne, many people's first reaction is fear and awe. You can't blame them at all. The name itself – Red-light therapy – sounds scary to people you first meet. Therefore, they want to know what it is and how it works to get rid of acne so that they can decide whether to comply or not.

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Contrary to what one might fear, infrared light therapy is a fairly harmless treatment for acne and its complications. It uses infrared light, which (like the visible light we see or the fire we cook) is a form of electromagnetic energy. In the broad electromagnetic spectrum, infrared light is the element that represents exactly between visible light, with which we train our sense of sight, and radio waves, which we use for communication purposes.

It's also easy to understand how infrared rays help get rid of these pimples. When infrared light shines on the skin, it immediately activates a biochemical molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a process that works best by killing the acne vulgaris bacteria. Once these bacteria are removed, the antibodies that work against the bacteria will stop causing what is known as "pimple symptoms" and the person is cured of the disease.

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