Posted on 05/03/2018
You might be familiar with light therapies such as LED (light emitting diodes) but do you know which light is appropriate for you and your skin condition?
There are different LEDs working at various depths in the skin, initiating varying functions/results. The three most commonly used in the industry are; blue light with a wavelength of 415nm in the skin, red light with a wavelength of 633nm (a very bright light red in colour) and near infra-red 830nm (no colour). Each of these wavelengths penetrates the skin to a different level. Are you being diagnosed with the correct light for your skin condition?
Blue light is specifically for acne as it works on a bacterium called p.acnes, associated with certain acne conditions. Unfortunately this bacteria is only a casual factor in certain types of acne, so the blue light will be ineffective for some acne types. It is worth bearing in mind that the blue light has no other benefit to the skin and it may well be that the red or near infra-red is a better option because of its ability to improve skin health and/or reduce inflammation.
Red and near infra-red have similar effects on the skin but some of the latest research suggests that the near infrared does the same as the red light but better. They have the ability to ‘power up’ the mitochondria (the power house of the skin cell), this accelerates healing, stimulates hydration and antioxidant production, repairs and induces collagen production. Red light, in addition to its healing abilities, can stimulate hair growth, and is helpful (as is blue light) in treating seasonal affective disorder - the ‘winter blues’
There are many LED devices available from hand held, to masks and ‘in-clinic’ devices.
The Face Place's choice for LED light - Omnilux Light Therapy
Not all devices are alike: it’s important to know that the number and quality of LEDs in the device affect the energy output and thus the amount of energy produced in the skin cell, and how the skin cells respond.
Treatment time is also an important factor - depending on the energy output, a specific amount of time needs to be administered to create these positive cell responses. There is an ideal time frame for each different type of LED light, and it will depend on the energy of the LED and the number of LED lights.
Many cheaper devices will not create enough energy in the skin to initiate a healing response. The frequency of your treatments will also affect your results. To heal and rejuvenate the skin, treatment is required every 2 to 3 days for at least 8 treatments or when skin has recovered from a specific injury.
An effective LED treatment will induce a wonderful response in the skin and is a great way to fast track the skin to health without any preparation or downtime after treatment.
Be wary of website offers and ‘as seen on TV’ deals that create an elusive goal, promising to create beautiful skin. Remember that good quality treatments create good quality results!
From your Skin Team Leader, Lauren.
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