LED Light Therapy for Skin: Facts You Need to Know
- LED, or light emitting diode therapy, is a skincare treatment that uses varying wavelengths of light, including red and blue.
- LED light therapy is now used to help regenerate the skin from aging. It’s also used for acne.
- Healthcare providers use red or blue light frequencies based on the skincare concern. Red is primarily used for anti-aging, while blue is used for acne treatment.
- Unlike other types of light therapy, LEDs DO NOT contain ultraviolet rays. Therefore, they’re safe for regular use.
- LED light therapy doesn’t cause burns compared to other anti-aging treatments such as chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser therapy. It may be safe for all skin colors and types.
- You shouldn’t use LED light therapy if you are taking certain medication, such as Accutane for acne or if you are having skin rashes.
- Side effects are rare, but may include inflammation, redness, and rashes.
- Procedures take 20 minutes at a time. Weekly treatment up to 10 weeks is recommended, followed by once every few months.
- Home LED devices may be used at your convenience but the results may not be as good as treatment by health or beauty professionals.
- When used as directed, LED light therapy can improve your skin over time. You’ll need maintenance treatments to keep up with the results.
- Home devices use lower frequencies and may not be as effective.