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Here's The Scoop On At-Home LED Light Therapy...
Research has proven that LED treatments can effectively treat a multitude of skin concerns, but the results are cumulative, meaning you won’t see long-term benefits from that single salon trip you treat yourself to once a year. If regular appointments aren’t an option, an at-home device could be the answer.
What Is Light Therapy?
LED therapy is a skincare treatment that uses varying wavelengths of light, including red, blue and amber. These wavelengths trigger your body’s natural cell processes to accelerate rejuvenation and help repair the skin.
The concept was originally developed by NASA for plant growth experiments on shuttle missions, later finding to have promise for wound treatment.
How Does Light Therapy Work?
- Used to treat scars and wounds.
- Protects existing collagen and elastin, while also stimulating new collagen production.
- Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and discoloration.
- Improves the skin's hydration.
- Blue light helps purify the skin and regulate oil glands.
- Kills acne-causing bacteria, which can lead to fewer breakouts.
- Less common in at-home devices, amber light works to revitalize the skin, reducing any swelling and increasing radiance.
- Ideal for sensitive skin.
- Effective in the treatment of skin issues involving redness such as rosacea.
- Helps to flush waste from the skin, boost lymphatic flow and increase cellular growth.
Is It Safe?
Overall, the American Academy of Dermatology deems this procedure safe. Since LEDs don’t contain UV rays, this is considered a safer form of light therapy that won’t cause long-term damage to your skin. The procedure is also noninvasive and has few risks.
If you currently use Accutane for acne, be advised that this powerful drug derived from vitamin A increases your skin’s sensitivity to light and may cause scarring in some instances.
Do not use LED light therapy if you’re using anything on your skin that makes you sensitive to sunlight.
Call your doctor if you experience any rash or pain post-treatment.