Light-emitting diode (LED) light therapy has recently gained traction in the healthcare arena. Not only have more medical offices been incorporating LED light therapy in their services, but the widespread availability of devices facilitates at-home use for consumers.
LED light therapy is mainly focused on skincare, promoting anti-aging effects and reducing inflammation. The purported benefits include an increase in the amount of collagen in the skin, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other stigmata of aging. Other uses of LED light therapy include acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, scarring and sun damage.
What can you expect with LED Light Therapy?
In most instances, multiple treatment sessions are required with a typical treatment session lasting up to 30 minutes. Depending on the device being used, you will either lay down directly underneath the light source, or a more targeted device such as a mask or wand may be employed directly on the area to be treated. Though LED light therapy can be used anywhere on the body, it is most commonly used to treat damage on the face caused by the sun and other elements.
LED light therapy is noninvasive and thus carries few risks with no downtime. It can be used on all skin types and does not burn the skin. Additionally, no pain is associated with LED light therapy. However, there may be some rare instances in which it may not be advisable to have treatment to an area, such as an active rash or if you use Accutane.
In-Clinic VS At-Home LED Therapy
So what does this mean for home-based LED devices? There simply isn’t enough evidence regarding the biological effects of home-based devices compared to in-clinic technology. The main concern about home-based devices is that the light source they use may not reach the correct wavelength to be effective and get results.
Put simply; not all LED therapy devices deliver the same results. In fact, there are some products (not all) out there that do little more than shine light onto your skin. Although purchasing an at-home LED device may seem like a bargain, purchasing the wrong one can be a waste of time and money if it doesn’t deliver. If you want to see results, it’s crucial that the appropriate wavelength of light and energy density is used to treat your skin condition.
Receiving your LED light therapy from a trusted and licensed clinic can help to ensure that you’re treating your skin with the most effective and advanced technology on the market. By strategically targeting your skin concerns and problem areas, your therapist can help you achieve your skin goals quickly and easily.
LED light therapy has a cumulative effect so consistency is key when it comes to enjoying the benefits of LED light therapy. We usually recommend 10 treatments about one week apart. LED light therapy is a relaxing treatment that provides a real benefit for overall skin health, that is ideal for ongoing and consecutive treatments to yield glow-inducing and breakout-reducing benefits as part of your professional skin health journey.