Light therapy is one of the oldest modalities used to treat various health conditions “Hippocrates, was an advocate of the sun’s abundant healing properties ”. The exploration of photo-therapy has lead to the development of IPL and Laser devices, but the most simplest photo-therapy devices is LED photo-therapy. Some of the most significant studies on light-based therapy have been with the utilization of light-emitting diodes LEDs. It was found in one of the studies conducted by NASA found that LEDs stimulated wound-healing at near-infrared wavelengths of 680, 730 and 880 nanometers (nm) and it was found that it help the growth of fibroblasts and muscle cells in tissue culture.”
How does LED photo-therapy work?
Exposing light to the skin surface activates the skin’s photoreceptors and let the skin cells absorb its energy. It accelerates cell biochemical circulation and stimulates the production of collagen. Photon is an emerging therapy that uses the natural healing power of light to treat inflammation and acne, rosacea and help with the fighting aging. The Photon LED technology is also used as a treatment: it penetrates the skin to treat issues from the inside out. LED-emitting devices are classified by the FDA as possessing “non-significant risk” due to the fact that they are completely safe and possess no possibility of harm from over-exposure. Also LED treatment is a gentle, painless, safe, non-invasive and non-abrasive treatment.
Benefits of LED photo-therapy
Reduce skin inflammation
Calms rosacea down to reduce the appearance of overall redness and flushing
Accelerates skin repair to enhance younger looking skin
LED photo-therapy uses 3 different colors of LEDs: the red light, the blue light and the green light. Each light has its own properties and is used in a different purpose.
Blue light The blue light is recommended to sensitive and oily skins, especially to skin with rashes. It is generally used to fight acne thanks to its powerful anti bacterial properties. This light penetrates as much as 0.5 millimeters in the skin.
Red light The red light is penetrating deeper the skin, as much as 8 to 10 millimeters. It is recommended for all types of skin and has famous anti-inflammatory effects. As it goes deep in the skin, it can totally stop the nflammatory process. It also improves blood circulation and collagen production, and helps reducing acne.
Green light The green light is suitable for mix skins. It is a calming light, it relaxes the entire body and reduces the pain of the skin. It is also a good remedy against inflammation.
LED photo-therapy Treatments have no adverse reactions or down-time. Any part of the body can be treated under LED photo thearapy. The main area is to treat the face, neck, and upper chest areas. Even the hands may be treated. During the treatment most clients experience a feeling of relaxation, light warmth and well being. Depending on the skin problem that is being treated normally most treatment packages is a series of 8-15 treatments done weekly or bi-weekly, followed by regular monthly maintenance. LED treatments from 20 up to 40 minutes.
While almost everyone can benefit from the use of light therapy, these treatments will have the greatest impact on skin with sluggish metabolism and slow cellular activity showing visible signs of aging. Contraindications for light therapy include pregnancy and epilepsy, photo-allergy, and medications that cause light sensitivity. Although, if you are currently taking steroids or cortisone injections, you should not receive light therapy.