Dr. Alexander Rivkin
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Light Based Acne Treatments: Blue Light, IPL & More

Acne is often addressed with over-washing and topical applications that can be irritating to the skin. At Westside Aesthetics, Dr. Rivkin uses several light based acne treatments to solve the problem painlessly and effectively.

Our Blue Light system is effective in resolving mild acne. We start with a cleansing acne facial to prepare your skin. Next you will spend about 20 minutes under the Blue Light. This painless process kills the bacteria associated with acne and reduces oil production in your skin. Your current acne diminishes and future breakouts are reduced.

For moderate acne we use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). The IPL machine sends light through your skin that is set to a specific wavelength, which targets the bacteria associated with acne and the overactive oil glands, while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. There is little or no recovery time and most patients return to work or school immediately after the treatment session.

Truly stubborn acne is treated with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). This combines IPL or Blue Light with a sensitizing agent that is applied to the skin, making the treatment much more intense and powerful. PDT is sometimes used in place of Accutane. It is a very potent treatment that clears up active acne and works well to prevent future outbreaks, sometimes for years. This treatment is effective for very resistant or cystic acne without painful and dangerous side effects. Click here to read more about Photodynamic Therapy.

You can also read frequently asked questions about light acne treatment here.

You can also read frequently asked questions about acne here.

Getting rid of acne now, is the best way to prevent acne scars in the future. During your free initial consultation, Dr. Rivkin will evaluate your skin and recommend the most effective course of treatment. He will explain the procedure in detail, and recommend a skin care regimen to help you maintain your acne-free skin. You will have the opportunity to view before and after photos, so that you will know exactly what to expect from the treatment.

Contact our Los Angeles office today to learn more about our acne treatments, or to schedule a free consultation.


11645 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90025  |  (310) 443-5273

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