If you are considering LED light therapy for skin, here is what you need to know about it.

The scientific rationale behind LED light therapy

The cells in your body, including skin cells, contain ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which allows them to repair themselves, regenerate, and heal. However, this natural healing ability can be slowed down because of aging, the shortage of some nutrients, and other factors. Scientists have found that light has the ability to stimulate ATP production and hasten the natural healing process. In LED light therapy, the light from LED lamps is beamed onto the skin. The light stimulates the production of ATP, healing and repairing the skin.

Why LED light is preferred

Most sources of light can stimulate ATP production, but LED light is preferred because it is safe. Some sources of light may give off harmful rays which may cause skin burns or even skin cancer. LED lamps produce low-power light, which is harmless, so they are widely preferred by skin care specialists. LED light therapy specialists use visible red light to treat shallow skin conditions, infrared lights for deeper skin conditions, and blue light to treat acne.

Advantages of LED light therapy

Led light therapyLED light therapy for skin rejuvenation is a non-invasive procedure. It is done by applying light to the skin, so there are no surgical scars. This means that you can carry on with your daily life after the procedure, and you don’t have to take any time off to recover. The procedure can get rid of wrinkles, skin lines, and even dark spots. When the skin is exposed to the light from the LED lamps, it produces elastin and collagen, which are proteins that smoothen the skin. The elastin and collagen clear out the wrinkles and lines, and they renew the skin. As new skin cells replace old ones, dark spots are removed along with the old cells. The procedure can improve the circulation of blood under the skin, and it can boost the function of your lymphatic system. When the blood vessels under your skin are stimulated by the LED light devices, circulation is increased and your skin gets a healthy glow. LED light therapy is extremely safe, pain-free & fairly comfortable, and it can even be relaxing at times. Also, there are no known negative side effects associated with this procedure.

How does LED light therapy compare to other skin treatment options?

LED light therapy is distinguished from other types of skin treatment by its non-invasive nature, versatility in addressing a wide range of skin concerns, and minimal side effects. Here’s a comparison of LED light therapy with other popular skin treatment options:

LED Light Therapy vs. Laser Treatments

Mechanism: LED light therapy uses light-emitting diodes to deliver low-level pulses of light at various wavelengths to the skin without creating thermal injury. On the other hand, laser treatments use focused light to target and heat the skin, which can induce structural changes in collagen and treat specific skin concerns more aggressively.

Safety and Side Effects: LED light therapy is generally safe for all skin types and colours with minimal risk of side effects. It does not cause burns, unlike laser skin treatment, which can lead to redness, peeling, and, in some cases, burns if not handled by a professional.

Usage and Convenience: LED light therapy treatments can be used at home or in clinics and are suitable for regular use. Laser treatments are more powerful and typically require professional administration with a period of downtime for recovery.

LED Light Therapy vs. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

Technology: While both LED and IPL involve light, IPL uses broad-spectrum light waves to create controlled thermal injuries, targeting the skin with scattered light rather than the precise wavelengths used in LED therapy.

Applications: IPL is best for minimising rosacea, age spots, sun damage, and spider veins. LED light therapy treatments, especially red and blue LED light therapy, are used for acne treatment, promoting collagen production, and reducing inflammation.

LED Light Therapy vs. Chemical Peels and Dermabrasion

Invasiveness: Chemical peels and dermabrasion are more invasive than LED light therapy treatment. They work by removing the outer layers of the skin to promote new, healthier skin growth. LED light therapy, by contrast, is non-invasive and works by stimulating cellular activity and collagen production without removing any skin layer.

Recovery Time: LED light therapy requires no downtime, allowing users to continue their daily activities immediately after treatment. Chemical peels and dermabrasion, however, may require a recovery period during which the skin heals and regenerates.

LED Light Therapy vs. Radio-Frequency Skin Tightening

Purpose and Effectiveness: Radio-frequency skin tightening uses energy waves to heat the deep skin layers to promote firmness and address sagging skin. LED light therapy (particularly red light) is more focused on reducing inflammation, promoting wound healing, and addressing age spots without the heat generation associated with radio-frequency skin treatment.

General Benefits of LED Light Therapy

LED light therapy stands out for its versatility, safety, and ease of use. It can be effectively combined with other skin treatments for enhanced results and is suitable for a wide range of skin concerns, including acne, signs of aging, and wound healing. Its non-invasive nature and minimal side effects make it a preferred option for regular skincare maintenance and treatment.

What to expect during an LED therapy session

In a typical LED light therapy session, the skin care specialist will often start you off with a microdermabrasion procedure. The aim of this is to get rid of any dead skin cells to allow the light to penetrate more. After the microdermabrasion, the LED lights will then be beamed directly onto the area of skin that is to be treated. The length of the sessions may vary, but it typically takes just a few minutes. You can start seeing results immediately, or they can be manifested after a few weekly sessions. The results tend to vary depending on one’s skin tone, age, lifestyle, and diet. Most skin care therapists recommend specific regimens for you to follow or topical ointments that you have to use between treatment sessions. As long as you abide by your specialist’s instructions, you will see dramatic results from your LED therapy sessions in no time.

For more details on LED Light Therapy and skin rejuvenation, please do not hesitate to contact us and book your appointment with us.


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