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Why LED Light Therapy Could Be Just The Boost Your Skin Needs

by Hannah Johnson

@ty.gaskins

• By Hannah Johnson

If you’re someone who keeps their finger on the pulse of what’s new in skin care, chances are you’ve heard a little about LED light therapy. Perhaps you’ve even seen celebs and influencers on your IG feed wearing robot-like masks beaming various hues of light onto their skin. While the treatment process might look like a kooky fad, the results are promising, and the technology is here to stay. 

Initially used to help in the process of wound healing and muscle recovery, red light therapy was shown to have positive effects on the surface of the skin. The technology was quickly adapted by skin care professionals. At different frequencies, blue and red LED light waves can be easily absorbed into the skin to treat issues like acne, fine lines, and wrinkles, without any of the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Best of all, continued use can lead to long-term results. If you’re curious about what LED light therapy could do for your skin, read on to learn about how this technology could be exactly what your routine needs.

If you’re looking to try LED lights in your routine, it’s important to determine which skin issues you’re looking to target first.

Acne prone? Try blue light

Blue LED light has been shown to kill acne-causing bacteria under the top layer of the skin, resulting in less severe breakouts. In addition to fighting pimples, blue LED light is able to target sebaceous glands in the skin and slow down oil production, which results in more balanced skin for oilier skin types. 

Want to fight signs of aging? Try red light

Red (or infrared) LED light — loved by athletes for their ability to boost muscle recovery after exhaustive workouts — triggers collagen production, meaning it’s great for smoothing out the overall appearance of the skin and fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

In addition to their collagen-boosting power, red light helps fight inflammation (a major cause of skin issues) and can target age spots and discolouration over time. This means red light therapy can pair beautifully with blue light therapy to treat redness and dark spots left over from healed acne breakouts.

While it might look like a kooky fad, the results are promising, and the technology is here to stay.

Let The Pros Guide You

Ready to try light therapy? You’re in luck: plenty of estheticians now offer light therapy as an add-on service for facials, usually using large panels of lights all around the face and neck to treat skin from every angle. Professional LED light therapy is especially effective as an added treatment for those struggling with breakouts. After extractions, have your esthetician treat your skin with blue light to take care of any bacteria below the surface, and follow up with red light to alleviate any irritation and inflammation. With continued treatment, you’ll experience calmer, smoother and more even-toned skin.

Continue Your Results At Home

With at-home LED light therapy devices being more accessible than ever, it’s easy to maintain your in-office results in the comfort of your own home. If you have a specific area of your face that you know you need to target, like crow’s feet around the eyes or persistent jawline breakouts, an LED light therapy wand could be the perfect tool for you. reVive Light Therapy® Spot Acne Treatment Device is a portable device that can be used to target single blemishes or larger areas of the face prone to breakouts with blue light, making it a must-have for anyone who’s ever struggled with an unwelcome zit.

If you want to treat your entire face for maximum results, a wearable light mask might be more your style. We suggest the Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro, an FDA-cleared home treatment mask which offers both blue and red light features that can be used separately or at the same time for simultaneous acne-fighting, anti-aging results. With hands-free wearability, you can treat your skin to professional-grade light therapy from the comfort of your couch.