What is LED light therapy?
LED (light-emitting diode) light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that enters the skin’s layers to improve the skin. In the 1990s, NASA began studying LED’s effects in promoting wound healing in astronauts by helping cells and tissues grow.
Today, dermatologists and estheticians commonly use LED light therapy to treat a range of skin issues. Skin specialists often use LED light therapy together with other treatments, to give you the best results.
What does LED light therapy do?
LED light therapy helps treat a variety of skin concerns and conditions, including:
- Rhytides (Wrinkles)
- Enlarged Pores
- Sun Damage
- Wound Healing
- Rough, scaly, precancerous spots on the skin
- Alopecia (Hair Loss)
Are there different kinds of LED light therapy?
LED light therapy uses various wavelengths that correspond to different visible colors. Each color penetrates the skin at different depths.
- RED light further into your skin.
- BLUE Light effects the uppermost layer of your skin.
- YELLOW light penetrates deeper.
- Near-infrared light penetrates deepest.
Different LED colors do different things. For example, experts :
- Red LED light therapy may reduce inflammation and stimulate the production of collagen, a protein responsible for younger-looking skin that diminishes with age.
- Blue LED light therapy may destroy acne-causing bacteria (P. acnes), also helps with treatment of Anxiety .
- Purple LED light therapy increases cell regeneration. It decreases the telomeres of DNA in the cell to essentially bring it back to a stem cell-like (brand new cell) state so that it can divide and create new cells.
- Yellow Light penetrates very deeply. It triggers the lymphatic system, therefore improving the removal of toxins from the treated area too
- Orange light can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boost collagen production, reduce inflammation, and stimulate circulation.
During treatment, we may use a combination of lights to treat your specific issue. Also, oftentimes red light is used as an additional therapy after Morpheus, Skin Resurfacing, Chemical Peels or any other invasive procedures. At home devices are also available, but not as powerful as Medical Grade LED Light Therapy
Does LED light therapy actually work?
Research suggests that LED light therapy helps reduce and improve many skin conditions and issues. To see improvement in your skin, oftentimes a series of regular treatments are needed for maximal effects.
In-office LED light therapy uses more powerful strengths than at-home devices, which makes it more effective. With LED masks and other portable devices, you likely won’t see dramatic anti-aging or acne-reducing results. You might experience subtle improvements in your skin’s appearance, though.
What doesn’t LED light therapy treat?
LED light therapy doesn’t help with:
- Acne cysts
How long does it take for LED light therapy to work?
To see significant benefits, you typically need to have a series of in-office treatments. You may need a treatment each week for about a month. Then possibly maintenance treatments may be needed every few months.