Facial acne is a common problem that plagues teenagers and adults alike. In the past, the only way to treat acne was through topical solutions that didn’t provide complete results or medications with potentially dangerous side effects. Today, facial acne can be effectively treated with non-invasive cosmetic treatments like broad band light therapy that works underneath the surface of the skin for highly satisfying results.

What is BBL?

Broad band light therapy or BBL delivers controlled heating underneath the skin’s surface without damaging the outer layers of skin. The blue-light spectrum destroys p-acne bacteria both on the surface of the skin and below, in the sebaceous glands. At the same time, the procedure stimulates the body’s own collagen production, creating smoother, blemish-free skin over an extended period of time.

What is Treatment Like?

A BBL treatment usually takes 30 minutes or less to complete. Prior to the procedure, a thin layer of gel is applied to prepare your skin for the treatment. A handheld device is then used to deliver the light energy into the skin, without puncturing the skin in any way. Some patients liken the procedure to a rubber band snapping against the skin, with minimal discomfort throughout treatment.

What about Recovery?

You may return to your regular activities as soon as the BBL treatment is completed. Treated skin may be slightly red and swollen, which will likely persist for a day or two. Makeup can be applied right away to mask the redness so that you can return to work or other activities without feeling overly self-conscious about your appearance.

How Well Will it Work and for How Long?

Most patients will need a series of BBL treatment sessions to achieve full results. Once those results are achieved, they can last for many months when combined with a proper home skin care regimen. Most patients choose to come in for a touch-up treatment every six months to one year after their initial set of treatment sessions is completed.

In addition to eliminating acne breakouts, BBL will give your skin a smoother, refreshed look. Shallow acne scarring can also be visibly reduced by this procedure. Results will look both natural and beautiful, without concern over overly dry or irritated skin, or other side effects often seen with topical acne solutions.

Acne is a common problem, but you don’t have to let it ruin your self-confidence any longer. Thanks to BBL, acne breakouts can become a problem of the past while you enjoy smoother, clearer skin. To learn more about this cosmetic treatment, contact Visage Skin Care Center at 770-667-3090.