LED Light Therapy is based on important research by NASA showing that certain frequencies of light significantly increase new tissue growth, stimulate collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. You might have heard about a new high-tech sounding treatment for acne and wrinkles in popular science magazine: Light (LED) therapy. Also known as photodynamic therapy or PDT, these light-emitting treatments are for acne and signs of aging along with a skin-care routine. As with any light-emitting for skin, there are pros and cons with to consider. If you’re persistent and don’t expect miracles, the research is promising!
Specific wavelengths of blue light target the strain of bacteria that plays a pivotal role in causing acne for many people. The light causes the development of oxygen radicals that kill acne’s bacteria without damaging healthy skin.
Red Light Therapy for Wrinkles
Wavelengths of red light that may help improve skin’s barrier function by improving its ability to retain key elements it needs to heal and generate new collagen after its production has slowed due to age or sun damage. Red light LEDs are also believed to target the skin’s oil glands to reduce cytokines, a class of pro-inflammatory substances believed to play a role in chronic acne.
A 2005 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Laser Therapy examined 31 subjects who received eight treatments of infrared LED light therapy. After the treatments were done, 52 percent of the subjects had significant improvement of their facial appearance as measured by a technique called photoaging scoring. In addition, 82 percent of the patients reported that they had a marked reduction in facial wrinkles, especially around the eyes. This study concluded that while infrared LED light therapy does not work for everyone, it does represent a valid and effective way of treating wrinkles and other blemishes for many people.
For anti-aging, LED therapy is an option when performed in a spa, but just like when used for treating acne, light therapy will never replace a great skin-care routine (and daily use of sunscreen)! Book your appointment today 239-631-5895 for great skin.