The science of LED light therapy was actually first developed by the military as a method of wound-treatment. After lots of trials and tests, it was found to be relatively effective, so some enterprising scientists in the skin care industry decided to give it a shot as well. It has now become a standard treatment for those looking to improve the skin’s texture and appearance.
The purpose of LED light therapy is to help skin cells regenerate and stimulate collagen production, kill inflammatory bacteria that can contribute to acne, and reduce the activity of over-active oil glands.
How Does It Work?
LED light therapy treatments use small LED devices to apply direct light to your skin in varying wavelengths. Blue light is typically used for acne, while the red light is typically used for anti-aging concerns. Your doctor will assess your skin and determine which type of light is going to be most effective for your needs. In some cases, they may use both red and blue light.
Red light is used on the outer layers of the skin, which stimulates collagen production, helping to promote natural elasticity and filling fine lines and wrinkles. Red light is also used for anti-inflammatory purposes.
Blue light therapy targets the skin’s oil glands, killing bacteria and reducing the activity of oil glands. This treatment is excellent for those with especially oily skin and who struggle with acne and clogged pores.
What can I expect from a light therapy appointment?
Light therapy treatments are quick and easy. They typically only take about 20 minutes in the office, and they are relatively comfortable, especially when compared to many other intensive skin treatments. You will start to see results fairly quickly, but return visits are frequent – usually once a week for an initial starting period, and then less frequently to maintain results. Sessions can range in cost from $25 to $85 per session, depending on the doctor.
Is light therapy safe?
Yes, LED light therapy is safe and suitable for all skin types. The LED devices don’t cause burning, unlike a lot of other intense skin treatments, and they don’t contain UV rays, which are harmful to the skin. Side effects from this treatment are rare but can include inflammation and redness.
Is light therapy right for me?
That all depends on the severity of your condition. Light therapy can treat acne, scarring, signs of aging, and many other skin conditions. At the end of the day, there are no “quick fixes,” and any treatments which involve manipulation of the cells should be used after consulting your dermatologist or esthetician.
Chances are, he or she will tell you if you aren’t already watching your diet and hydration, as well as protecting your skin from UV rays, the time and money spent on such procedures is pointless. There are also a host of quality over-the-counter and prescription products available to try before undergoing LED therapy.
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The active ingredients found in our products stimulate collagen production, reduce inflammation, and balance bacteria found on the skin’s surface, which may clog pores and lead to acne.
**Final Note: You should not use light therapy if you are on Accutane or have taken any medication that makes your skin sensitive to the sun. Be sure to consult your dermatologist or skin care professional before using LED light therapy.