Light-based skin therapies are a new, trendy form of treatment for various skin issues from wrinkles to sun damage. LED lights are particularly popular among estheticians. While LED lights were first invented in the early 1960s, they weren’t utilized as a skin treatment until recently.
Light therapies are safe for most people to try. There are several different types of light therapies available with different benefits to each one. Here are 3 types of light-based skin therapies.
Red Light Therapy
Red Light Therapy (RLT) is a treatment that uses low levels of red light to treat various cosmetic skin concerns like acne, wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks, as well as more serious medical skin conditions like psoriasis and slow-healing wounds.
While there are still many studies being done on the efficacy of RLT, there is promising evidence that it can even be effective for treating non-skin-related medical conditions. It may provide relief for people suffering from painful conditions like arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and some of the side effects of chemotherapy treatments.
Blue Light Therapy
Unlike Red Light Therapy, Blue Light Therapy targets the pores of the skin and kills bacteria. It is an effective treatment for deeper skin concerns from acne to skin cancer. Blue light can kill cancer cells and even prevent skin cancer from forming.
Blue Light Therapy is often used in addition to Red Light Therapy to get the maximum benefits from both treatments. Both therapies are quick and painless.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Skin Resurfacing is a form of cosmetic therapy that creates a youthful appearance by removing the top layers of skin. It eliminates signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging and stimulates new growth.
Unlike LED Light Therapy, Laser Skin Resurfacing can take weeks to heal and can cause a bit of discomfort. It is typically more expensive than other forms of light-based treatment.