What Is LED Light Therapy?
Recently, we posted on Instagram about using LED Light Therapy to help heal and treat our skin. For over 40 years, LED Light Therapy has been used as a healing modality for pain relief, inflammation, and the overall reduction of soft tissue damage. When it comes to its role in the skin care world, LED therapy is most commonly used for increasing collagen production, wrinkle prevention and the treatment of mild to moderate acne.
So what is LED? LED stands for: light emitting diode. Without getting too technical, an LED is a light source that emits infrared light (and thereby, heat) when activated. LED light therapy is most often administered via single light units or formations of panels that are directed at the skin from a few inches away. It can also be administered through a handheld wand that you would expose skin to in the same way.
LED lights come in different spectrums, including red, white, and blue infrared.
How does it work? The use of light therapy increases the production of ATP (the energy engine of cells) through concentrated beams of coloured light that penetrate deep into the skin. But research shows that LED Therapy is only effective if used on a continuous basis. In fact, it is suggested that sporadic use of LED therapy can cause an oxidative, rather than antioxidant effect. What does this mean? Consistency is key when treating your skin with LED Light Therapy.
What kind of light therapy do I need? Red is the most universal LED light, and it stimulates collagen and accelerates healing. It's good for a little bit of everything, from texture and tone, to acne and aging. The white light goes the deepest into the skin (it penetrates a few millimeters deeper than the others), and tightens and tones while reducing inflammation. Lastly, the blue light kills bacteria.
This combination of all three lights is very powerful for acne-prone skin. It isn't just "good" for people with inflamed skin, it was designed for them.