If you've been to your dermatologist a few times, chances are they would have recommended some form of LED light therapy promising you clear, spotless skin. Don't confuse light therapy for skin with laser hair removal, the two are completely different procedures. Much like laser though, LED light therapy comes with a hefty price tag. So What is it? Is it worth the hype? We're here to dig deeper and to find out.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and it works by emitting infrared lights (causing heat) in different wavelengths that offer a variety of benefits to your skin. While light therapy was originally invented to reduce the appearance of post-surgical scars, you'll be surprised to know that both red and blue light therapy have become favourites to reduce acne and acne scars. It's actually safe for all skin types and skin tones too. There are different colours of LED light therapy associated with different skin care benefits. This basically means that every wavelength has a different colour.
LED light therapy for skin is great for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, improving uneven skin tone, reducing pores size and brightening the skin.The LED devices send light waves that penetrate deep into your skin to triggering a natural intracellular reaction. Depending on the colour (intensity) of the light, your skin is going to respond differently.
"When particles of light hit the skin, they’re absorbed by light-sensitive molecules inside cells, creating a response. For instance, when longer wavelength or visibly “red” light hits the skin, it boosts production of healing anti-inflammatories or disease-fighting antioxidants," explains Dr. Jaishree Sharad, a Mumbai-based dermatologist from Skinfiniti Aesthetic & Laser Clinic.
Amber light helps stimulates collagen and elastin so this could benefit people looking for anti-ageing solutions. A red light is most commonly used to promote blood circulation, this will give you healthier, plumper looking skin. White light penetrates the deepest and it works to tighten and reduce inflammation... This could be great for people with inflamed skin. A blue light is your acne zapping miracle. It kills all acne-causing bacteria from the root.
A typical session will take you anywhere between 5-20 minutes.
LED light therapy is totally safe and pain-free. The treatment typically has absolutely no downtime and feels like nothing but a mild warm sensation. Unlike laser, there's no risk of burning or scarring because the LED light doesn’t actually heat up the skin and there is no thermal damage. You can return to normal activity right away, making it a very popular treatment among celebrities and dermatologists.
LED light therapy shows results from the very first use. Your skin will look better and brighter. When used in conjunction with other treatments like lasers and chemical peels, laser light therapy shows results faster. A treatment in a salon is more potent as compared to an at home treatment because the machines at the dermatologist are stronger.
The per session can be anywhere between Rs 2,000 - 4,000 per session.
"Home gadgets are typically safe because of their low energy. But they are not likely to work as well as professional treatments. At-home gadgets do not help more severe cysts, nodules and blackheads. When using one, make sure you follow directions to wear protective glasses and stay out of the sun after treatment when needed, " says Sharad .
If you don't have access to a dermatologist or the funds, and we feel you. LED light therapy can be pretty expensive, there are plenty of at home options available. They're not as strong as dermatologists devices but they're still effective. Give an LED face mask a try and see the difference in your skin... It may take longer, but it'll definitely be worth it. Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask (Rs 5274) is one of the most cost-effective options on the market that you could try for Acne. The Tria Age Defying Laser (Rs 39,555) is a wholesome anti-ageing product that helps refine your skin's texture while addressing fine lines and wrinkles. While these devices may not be the most easily available in India, keep an eye out for them when you travel or you know someone who's travelling. It may seem a bit much to pay for an at-home LED light face mask, but these devices could save you major time and money spent running to the dermatologist's office in the long run.
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