You’ve probably heard of LED light therapy: a non-invasive skin treatment that can help treat various skin concerns including acne, wrinkles and even psoriasis. But did you know that each color light has different effects on the skin? Let’s take a closer look at red light therapy, its benefits, risks and whether it really works.
What is red light therapy
Red LED light therapy uses low level wavelengths of red light to help with a variety of skin concerns and conditions such as wrinkles or psoriasis. Red light therapy benefits also include easing inflammation and redness and similarly to radio frequency therapy, stimulate our natural production of collagen, a protein responsible for the skin’s plumpness and youthful look.
How does red light therapy work?
LED light therapy in general has become popular over the past couple of years, especially as home devices for this treatment have become more available. It uses skin-safe, low-level light in different wavelengths and colors that penetrates into the skin to trigger its natural processes. Red light therapy works by exposing the skin to low levels of red and near-infrared light repeatedly for a certain period of time.
When exposed to red light, a positive effect is produced in your skin cells: increasing the transportation of electrons as well as oxygen consumption. By improving these processes, cells function more efficiently and can rejuvenate and repair themselves.
A wide range of benefits
The benefits of using red light therapy for the face and the body are quite varied and include:
- increased blood flow
- reduced inflammation
- increased collagen production
- reduced wrinkles
- wound healing
- tissue repair
- better hair growth
- reduce psoriasis
- improve complexion
How do you use Red light therapy?
With at-home LED light therapy devices now on the shelves, Red light therapy is more accessible than ever before. But there is a difference between how you should use red light therapy depending on whether you do it in a clinic or at home.
For visible results, professionals recommend a series of in-office treatments, about once a week for the first month and then monthly maintenance treatments. If you opt for an at-home device, you may need to use it once or twice a day for 30 to 60 minutes for four to five weeks, depending on the advice of the device’s brand.
Using RF and Red Light therapy together
One way you can enhance your skin tightening results is by using Red light therapy in combination with a radio frequency device such as the NEWA RF wrinkle reduction device. Since both treatments help boost collagen, they complement each other well and because both technologies are gentle on the skin, there shouldn’t be much irritation or inflammation. It is recommended to either alternate nights or use your at home Red light LED device after using your NEWA.
According to a clinical study submitted to the FDA with individuals who used NEWA over a period of three months (3 times a week for the first 4 weeks and twice a week for the remaining 8 weeks), the NEWA RF results are clear: 100% of participants showed improvement in overall wrinkle appearance. In addition, 84% showed improvement in skin firmness and 75.6% showed an increase in skin collagen content. No wonder some 300,000 people worldwide have already made it a part of their skincare routine.
Risks & Side effects
Red light therapy is generally considered a very safe, painless and non-invasive solution for your skin. That being said, there have been some reports of side effects such as burns, lesions, and blisters in people using at-home red light therapy devices.
This mainly occurs if you use your device too long, fall asleep with your LED mask on or use a damaged device . While LEDs are safer on the eyes than traditional lasers, proper eye protection should be worn for red light treatments.
Red light therapy is a powerful and versatile skin treatment with numerous benefits and minimal risks. By harnessing the potential of low-level red and near-infrared light, it helps stimulate collagen production, reduces inflammation, and promotes natural healing processes within our skin cells. Whether you're dealing with wrinkles, acne, psoriasis, or seeking overall skin rejuvenation, red light therapy offers a wide range of benefits, especially if you use it in combination with the NEWA RF wrinkle reduction device. While red light therapy is generally safe, some risk remains, and it is important to follow instructions when using this treatment.
Sources used in the article:my.clevelandclinic.org