The skin is the largest body organ. The appearance of the skin can have a significant bearing on confidence and overall health. Skin ailments such as acne, sun damage, wounds, and excessive scarring can significantly affect how you view yourself. LED light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses light of varying wavelengths to prompt the skin to autocorrect damage that may have occurred on it.
What is LED Light Therapy
Light Emitting Diodes (LED) light therapy is also referred to as photodynamic therapy. The treatment uses light of different light wavelengths, namely, blue, red, amber, and green, at safe ranges to help correct dermatological concerns. Unlike the ultraviolet rays produced by the sun that damage the skin and promote aging, LED light has been shown to have restorative properties that improve the overall health of your skin. LED light therapy is sometimes used with facial creams and ointments containing 5-aminolevulinic acid, making the skin more sensitive to light. The therapy may be done at home using devices for home use or at a practitioner’s office. Home devices include
- Ultrasonic devices
- Professional LED light devices
- Mesotherapy electroporation machines
- Light wands used for targeted treatment
- Light facial masks
Benefits Accrued from LED Light Therapy
Even though LED light has been available for many years now, it has only recently demonstrated its benefits on skin conditions. Different wavelengths of LED light penetrate the skin at different depths, allowing the treatment to serve as a cure for a variety of skin conditions like:
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles on the skin are clogged by oil or dead skin cells. Sometimes, the clogged hair follicles get infiltrated by bacteria that may worsen the acne. Blue light is the wavelength used to manage acne. Research has shown that blue light not only destroys the bacteria that cause acne but also eases the amount of sebum (oil) produced by your skin. The two-pronged approach prevents the clogging of hair follicles preventing and treating acne. Red light may be combined with blue light to help manage inflammation due to acne. Inflammation causes the redness and flushing that occurs on the skin areas with acne.
Skin aging occurs due to the loss of skin elasticity due to the loss of collagen. The loss of collagen leads to wrinkly and saggy skin. Red light stimulates cells in your skin called fibroblasts, responsible for making collagen. Research has shown that red light helps in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin turgor, and makes skin softer and smoother. Photodynamic therapy using 5-aminolevulinic acid improves the outcomes of the treatment.
With its collagen-stimulating properties, red light is the most optimal for promoting wound healing. Red LED light therapy can also be used after surgery for skin resurfacing to help promote a quick recovery. The red light lowers swelling, bruising, and redness after the surgery and quickens recovery.
Hair Loss and Psoriasis
Testosterone-induced male or female pattern hair loss can be reversed, to some extent, using red LED light therapy. Near-infrared (IR) LED light therapy and red LED light has been shown to reduce the inflammation and flushing associated with psoriasis. The treatments are helpful in the management of plaques, pimples, and scaly sores.
Are There Any Risks Associated with LED Light Therapy
A lot of available research notes the benefits of LED light therapy. However, very little information is available to demonstrate these treatments’ efficacy. LED light therapy facials may be advantageous compared to other skin treatments like lasers due to fewer side effects. LED light may cause mild skin reactions like:
Using photosensitizing agents in conjunction with LED light therapy may cause burning and redness. If you are on acne medication, including isotretinoin, you should consult your doctor before considering LED light therapy.
It is crucial to have eye protection when undertaking LED light therapy. Note that eye medicines containing steroids may increase the risk of eye damage when using LED light. It is therefore vital to ensure that your eyes are adequately protected during the therapy. LED light therapy is a cost-effective treatment option for various dermatological concerns. The treatment is efficacious when used over time, and you may require some maintenance modalities to preserve the improvements achieved while on the treatment. Call us today at 205-352-9141 to begin your skin restoration journey.