LED Therapy (LED) or light emitting diode therapy, is a skincare treatment that uses varying wavelengths of light, including red and blue.Unlike other types of light therapy, LEDs do not contain ultraviolet rays. This treatment is also safe for all skin colours, and it does not cause any burning.
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LED light therapy has an established history of skin uses. Since then, the treatment has been researched for different situations in aesthetics. It’s mainly noted for increasing collagen and tissues. All of which can smooth out your skin and reduce the appearance of damage from:
treat acne (not active acne/on Accutane treatment)
promote anti-aging effects
There are different frequencies, or wavelengths, used with LED light treatment. These include red and blue light frequencies, are readily absorbed into the skin.
Red, or infrared, light is used for treating the epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin. When the light is applied to your skin, the epidermis absorbs it and then stimulates collagen proteins, causing your skin will look smoother and fuller, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Blue LED light, on the other hand, targets the sebaceous glands, which are also called oil glands. They are located beneath your hair follicles.
Blue LED light can target these oil glands and make them less active. In turn, you may see fewer acne breakouts.
Oftentimes, blue LED light is used in conjunction with red LED light to:
help treat acne
promote anti-inflammatory effects
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION ABOUT LED THERAPY
How long does this procedure take ?
Each LED light therapy treatment lasts about 20 minutes. Usually 10 sessions are recommended for a better outcome.
Is it painful?
LEDs do not burn your skin nor cause any pain.
However, there may still be risks associated with LED light therapy although rare.If you currently use Accutane for acne, be advised that it increases your skin’s sensitivity to light and may cause scarring in some instances.
What to expect after therapy
LED light is noninvasive, so no recovery time is required. You should be able to continue with your everyday activities once your treatment is over.
What are the side effects ?
Side effects are rare, but may include increased inflammation, redness, and rashes.