LED (light-emitting diode) light therapy has emerged as a highly beneficial, non-invasive skincare treatment that harnesses the power of different light wavelengths to address various skin concerns. This technology, which NASA created for plant growth experiments on shuttle missions, has since found use in medical fields, including treating astronauts' wounds. Today, dermatologists and aestheticians widely employ LED light therapy to address various skin issues. LED therapy is safe for regular use, unlike other light therapies like laser therapy, dermabrasion, and chemical peels, which utilise ultraviolet rays and may cause burns. The recommended schedule for this procedure is once a week for about ten weeks, then maintenance sessions every few months. Each session lasts about 20 minutes. LED light therapy devices, including LED masks, are also available for at-home use.
Benefits of LED Light Therapy
LED light therapy offers many benefits for your skincare routine, particularly in combating signs of ageing. It effectively targets and treats wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, hair loss, rosacea, and other premature signs of ageing. Also, it can assist in managing acne, eczema, psoriasis, actinic keratosis, and even burns. In some cases, LED therapy treats basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most prevalent form of skin cancer affecting millions of Americans annually.
The US Navy SEALs first used LED light therapy in the 1990s to hasten wound healing and muscle tissue regeneration. Since then, it has gained popularity for treating various skin issues. By stimulating collagen production and promoting tissue growth, it effectively reduces the appearance of acne, age spots, and wrinkles.
Different Frequencies of LED Light Therapy
LED light therapy employs various frequencies or wavelengths to target specific skin issues. Here are two significant frequencies commonly used:
- Red light:
Red light penetrates deeper into the skin, stimulating collagen production. Increased collagen levels contribute to smoother, fuller-looking skin while reducing inflammation and the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Blue light:
Blue LED light therapy primarily focuses on the uppermost layer of the skin, targeting the oily or sebaceous glands responsible for skin and hair lubrication. When these glands become overactive, excessive oil production occurs, leading to oily skin and acne breakouts. Blue light therapy effectively regulates the activity of these glands, preventing them from producing excess oil. Additionally, blue light targets acne-causing bacteria beneath the skin's surface, making it practical for treating severe acne, including cysts and nodules associated with the bacterial presence. Animal studies have demonstrated that blue LED lights can accelerate the healing process for third-degree skin burns.
Integrating LED light therapy to skin care regimen
One of the significant advantages of LED light therapy is its non-invasiveness, resulting in no downtime. You can promptly resume your regular activities after the therapy session.
In-office LED light treatment typically involves up to ten sessions spaced approximately one week apart. After your initial session, you may notice subtle improvements, but the results become more prominent and apparent upon completing the recommended treatment course.
It is worth mentioning that while home LED light therapy treatments are available, their effectiveness is generally lower compared to in-office procedures. Therefore, strict adherence to themanufacturer's instructions is crucial for achieving optimal outcomes.
However, it is essential to note that the results of LED light therapy are not permanent. As your skin cells regenerate, you may experience a loss of collagen and observe signs of ageing reemerging. Additionally, occasional acne outbreaks can occur. To maintain the results achieved, schedule maintenance treatments every few months or as directed by your skincare professional.
Last but not least, whether employing LED light therapy in-office or at home, use quality skincare products such as Alexandr&Co's Sericlear Facial Wash, Seritone Essence, a balance hydrating toner, and the award-winning Seriguard Moisturizer II to support the LED light therapy treatments by boosting the skin's moisturization and hastening the healing of the skin. You may also add Seriglow Anti-aging Serum and Serishine Eye Cream for an added skin-nourishing boost.
Incorporating LED light therapy into your anti-ageing skincare routine can offer significant benefits, helping you address various skin concerns and maintain a youthful appearance.