Present since the dawn of time, worshipped by ancient and present cultures and an essential energy source for almost all life, including photosynthesis from sunlight for plants and trees. Light Therapy (LED) has been used in the skincare and dermatology industry since the 1960’s.
The introduction of light-emitting diode (LED) devices has reduced many of the concerns formerly associated with lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). LED photo-therapy is non-invasive, pain free and requires no recovery time after treatments.
I’m a huge devotee of Light Therapy. Personally, it was essential with healing my acne. For many years I’ve used microdermabrasion and chemical peels, numerous ingredients and systems. But these treatments work by continually removing the outer layer of the skin. Long term, the jury is out whether continual peeling of the skin’s outer layer is beneficial.
To keep skin healthy, we need to keep our epidermis, the outer most layer of the skin, intact. This layer is stacked with lipid bilayers, the glue that holds the dead skin cells and traps water. Repeated removal of this layer can leave skin too sensitised and damaged.
People have been misinformed that exposure to all forms of light can damage the skin. This is true in the case of UV radiation. But Light Therapy does not use wavelengths in the UV light spectrum and therefore doesn’t cause damage.
The quality of the Light Therapy machine, diode wattage, output and wavelength are extremely important to achieve results. You cannot use traditional, widely available LED light globe to achieve the same effects obtained from a therapeutic LED machine. Don’t be fooled by those cheap hand-held devices you can ordered from Alibaba and eBay.
Benefits of light Therapy
- Blue light treatment is a non-invasive procedure that uses light in the blue wavelength range to kill Propionobacterium acnes or P. acnes bacteria in skin. This helps relieve inflammation and reduces pustules.
- Green light reduces hyper-pigmented areas, redness, irritation and skin sensitivity.
- Red light stimulates collagen and elastin for smoother, younger looking skin. This reduces fine lines and wrinkles, tones enlarged pores and targets damaged cells to stimulate cellular renewal.
- Yellow light boost circulation and lymphatic drainage to improve skin tone.
How many treatments will you need?
Acne treatments: 8-12 weekly sessions
Ageing skin: 6-8 weekly sessions