Red & Blue Light Acne Treatment

Red & Blue Light Acne Treatment

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode which enables therapeutic wavelengths (or colours) of light energy to be released.  LED is the only aesthetic device which has no contraindications and can be used on all skin types.  This treatment can be used as a stand alone or in conjunction with other acne treatments.  It is safe, effective and works by reducing the bacteria implicated in causing acne. Specialists often combine Vitamin A creams with this treatment for even better results.


  • Bacteria in acne prone skin produce a chemical called porphyrin.
  • Porphyrins are sensitive to both blue and red light.
  • High intensity light, such as Light Emmiting Diodes activate porphyrins which destroy the bacteria P. acnes.
  • Acne light treatments are safe and painless.
  • Specialists often combine this treatment with prescription medications for better results.

Red and blue acne light phototherapy is a source of medically prescribed non–laser light delivered by light diodes. This light is tuned to activate chemicals known as Porphyrins, produced by acne bacteria P.acnes. Activation of the porphyrins, in turns destroys the bacteria. Red light also stimulates collagen production, which reduces scars and helps repair the skin after the insult of acne.

Acne may present in many forms including blackhead, whiteheads, papules, pustules and cysts. Acne LED treatment is only suited for papular and pustular forms of acne. This type of acne is due to an overgrowth of bacteria; which are sensitive to both red and blue LED light. 75% of acne lesions can resolve over a 8 week period with acne light treatments, however combined with prescription medications, improvements of over 85% are often seen. We often advise 8-10 treatments for the best results. Each treatment take less than 15 minutes to perform. Time between treatments is 7-10 days.

The skin will be cleansed to remove make up and sunblock prior to commencement of treatment.  This ensures that light emitted will penetrate into the middle layers of your skin, where acne causing bacteria lie. Eye protection is then worn, and the treatment begins. Each session takes less than 15 minutes to perform and is painless. Patients can bring a headphones and a music playing device to help pass the time.  Patient can undertake their daily activities straight after treatment with no restrictions. Sessions maybe repeated at weekly intervals for best results. We advise a series of 8 to 10 treatments.

Treatments for acne with LED are safe, pain free and effective. Treatments are non-laser based and do not generate heat.

The only safety requirement is that patients wear protective eye wear for the duration of treatment.

Yes! In fact acne LED treatments are ideally combined with other treatments such as medically prescribed creams such as topical Vitamin A creams or Chemical Peels for best result. LED treatments destroys bacteria associated with acne, however topical Vitamin A creams and Chemical Peels can help reduce the primary source of acne. Specialists will also often combine AHA Chemical Peels with Red LED treatment as part of our scar revision program. In this combination, red LED functions to stimulate collagen formation therefore repairing scars.

Acne scars are due to disruption of the middle layer of the skin where collagen fibres lie. Red LED wavelengths can penetrate to this layer, and stimulate collagen production, and may assist in remodelling of early acne scars. Older scars are not affected by LED treatments however are usually better suited with stronger energy devices (laser or radiofreuqency).

More information on treating acne scars

Please contact us for pricing. We recommend a series of at least 8 sessions for best results. A consultation with one of Westside Dermatology’s Registered Nurses ensure that a tailored program for your skin type is chosen.

Read more on Westside Dermatology’s Clear Skin Program


Medicare does not cover acne LED treatments, however your consultation with a specialist Dermatologist is partially covered. Some procedures for acne scaring are also partially covered by Medicare for eligible patients.

Prior to the commencement of acne LED treatments, all patients must be assessed by a Registered Nurse.  This ensures that patients are treated appropriately. It may be required that you are then referred onto a specialist Dermatologist if acne LED treatments aren’t the gold standard for your type of acne.  It may also be suggested during the initial consultation with the Registered Nurse that your skin care routine should be altered.  If a consultation with a Dermatologist is required they may often combine LED treatments with topical Vitamin A prescriptions for optimal results. During the consultation, a series of photographs are taken to ensure that patients are steadily improving with each treatment.

If a Dermatologist appointment is required a referral from your General Practitioner is required to be eligible for a rebate by Medicare.

Call Westside Dermatology on 07 3871 3437 to find out more information.

The success of various LED sources for the treatment of acne has been proven by numerous scientific studies over the past few years. The advantage of this therapy is that it can avoid prescription medications such as antibiotics by using this concentrated non-laser light as an antibacterial agent. Specialists are selective in which patients may respond best to this form of treatment. Another advantage is that it is quick, effective and poses no downtime.

The ideal type of acne which can be treated with this method are papular and pustular lesions, rich in P. acnes bacteria. Dermatologists often combine LED treatments with topical Vitamin A creams to reduce the recurrence of acne. We suggest that all patients consult a prior to commencing acne light treatments for optimal results.