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A Guide to Fighting Acne Using Light Therapy

Characterized by pimples, whiteheads and blackheads, papules, pustules, or cysts, acne is a disease that affects the hair follicles and oil glands inside the skin. When follicles, forming the route from glands to the pores (tiny holes on the skin surface), get clogged with sebum and oil, the bacteria too accumulate in the plug and causes inflammation leading to reddish pimples on the skin. Your doctor might suggest a number of ways to clear things up such as creams, gels, chemical peels or antibiotics. If the doctor sees no improvement, they might suggest you get light/photo therapy to treat stubborn acne that refuses to budge. Light therapy also causes the oil glands to shrink resulting in lesser oil secretions that...

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The Origins Of Light Therapy

It is important to mention before we trace the birth of light therapy that even before any scientific evidence surfaced people had a firm belief in the healing abilities of the sun. The 10th century Chinese medical literature and Buddhist writings from 200 CE show exposure to sunlight as one of the main methods to treat many diseases in addition to herbs and plants. Similarly, Indian medical literature dated back to the 1500 BCE shows evidence of people taking help from the sun's light to treat non pigmented parts of skin. This happened before people knew sun was source of vitamin D or that ultraviolet light from it could possibly cause cancer and before any scientific research was conducted on...

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