Light Therapy & the Science of Skincare:
You might be as skeptical as I was....at first- until I started doing some research and discovered I was dead wrong :0 Infrared LED therapy is being used for a variety of skin conditions and there are currently a few studies that have been conducted that show very promising results. A study performed by several medical professionals from Harvard Medical School and published in 2013, looked at the effects of Low-level laser light therapies [or LLLT] on the skin in regards to its healing, stimulating, & rejuvenating properties.
What's interesting about this article, is that it explains how this type of therapy [LLLT] was actually discovered in the 1960's, but it's only been in recent years that it was utilized for skincare concerns. The introduction of hand-held LED devices also paved the way for at-home treatments to be affordable and safe without needing to pay for a costly visit to a trained professional's office.
This non-invasive approach to addressing skincare issues is something that almost anyone can do :) So what were the results of the study? It turns out that over 90% of the patients in the study improved their skin by at least one Fitzpatrick category, but 65% of them also showed an overall improvement in their skin's texture, pigmentation, and fine lines [over a 4-6 month period w/8 total treatments]. This number was increased however, to an 87% of those people in the study who had a reduction in their wrinkle severity score [Fitzpatrick scale] when 12 LED treatments were applied.
The study concludes that there is a wide variety of this uses for this type of therapy in dermatology and include: Psoriasis, acute sunburns, burns for laser treatments, improvement of scars and keloids, pigmentation issues [such as Vitiligo], certain virus lesions, for photoprotection [reducing the damaging photo-induced effects of the sun- the ones that cause the signs of aging!], acne treatment, and even skin rejuvenation!
If you're wondering though, this isn't near all of the research that I found and there are a variety of credible resources that share the similar perspective that LED therapy really does work to treat numerous skin conditions and that's it's highly effective, affordable, and safe. Make sure to check out the National Eczema Association's article on its effects on eczema and how it works >here< . If you'd like so more, send me a quick note or comment at the bottom of today's post and I will be sure to send ;)
Red, Blue, & Green...which one do I use?!
These lights have a range of wavelengths of around 415nm (nanometers) and they have been proven to have the most effect on issues with acne. Blue lights have particularly special in that they have great anti-bacterial properties and it actually kills the bacteria. Not only can they heal current breakouts, acne issues, and lesions- but they will prevent future breakouts too :)
This color has an approximate wavelength of 525nm and is most beneficial to those individuals that wish to treat skin issues such as: hyper-pigmentation, age spots, freckles, & sun damage/spots. Green light penetrates deep into the dermis and targets mature melanin-forming cells [primarily responsible for your skin's color]. They also promote radiance and glowing skin, that looks healthy.
With a wavelength between 660 - 850 nm, red or infrared lights can deeply penetrate your skin [dermis] to: increase blood flow, relaxation of muscles, & stimulation of fibroblasts- which in turn, encourages new collagen production. What all of this means, is that your fine lines & wrinkles will be reduced and the signs of sun-damage and can greatly diminished!
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Acne Light Therapy System (cordless) $119*
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I have used a similar model from a different brand, but it had a couple of draw-backs: firstly, it was corded only and required it to be tethered to an outlet out all times in order to work; it was also a bit noisy as it has an fan that comes on frequently in order to cool your skin and the unit on a continual basis; although the plate on that model also heat up, there is only the option of built-in blue LED's as well.
This means that you're limited in the focus of want you want to do and it's really just designed for those combating acne issues. Bright Therapy's model [as pictured above], addresses all of those issues AND it has options for fixing a variety of skin problems, with 3 different LED lighted plates. There are also 2 modes: a pulsating light option and a constant light mode. Bright Therapy advises to try using 2 phases and utilizing each mode to implement the treatment process properly and get the best results.
The first phase includes 3 minute intervals around the entire face [divided into 3 sections], for a total of 9 minutes; the 2nd phase [divided into 5 phases], for a 15 minutes total. Once these 2 phases are complete [24 minute total], the unit will automatically shut off as well. I love that you don't have to time each 3 minute section, as the unit will beep at you when it's time to move it on to your next treatment area.
Charging takes around 2 hours or less and once it's charged with the included wall charger, you can easily take this with you on trips or on-the-go for treatments anywhere! This also means that you aren't stuck tied to a wall and can multi-task or lie down and relax while you are letting the tool do the work :) You can also use this awesome model on other areas of your body like: your chest, neck, hands, & more! It doesn't hurt either, you just feel a slight warming feeling- but it's not unpleasant and I found it to be relaxing.
I will advise that if you have super sensitive eyes like myself, you may want to utilize the provided eye shields or close your eyes while having it on; the reason, is that each LED panel is bright and you should not directly point the unit at your eyes as the instructions also state. You will normally see real results in 4-8 weeks, although you can see results as soon as 1-3 weeks :0 Some people may even see a difference after the first treatment, but this isn't as common. I did start seeing a noticeable improvement in evenness in skin tone, acne/breakouts, and tightness after just a couple of treatments!
Now that it's been over 20 treatments, I've started to see a very noted improvement in breakouts and smoothness- plus my skin is super healthy and resilient :) I've even seen a reduction in the lines around my mouth and the fine lines on my forehead. If you've been seeking the future in skincare that doesn't require an expensive office visit or a difficult at-home treatment, then this is THE way to go. You will LOVE this tool- it's at the top of my list of beauty-items I absolutely can't live without it!
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