What is LED Phototherapy?
Light Therapy is not a new or fleeting science. The benefits on the human body and mind have been recognised in the medical arena for well over 30 years. Furthermore evidence can be seen that the benefits of light therapy have been known for thousands of years and originate from ancient Egypt, Greece and China. Light helps us produce vitamin D, stimulates growth , promotes wellbeing and makes our skin glow.
A Danish physician, Dr. Niels Finsen received the Nobel prize in 1903 for the research in the treatment of certain skin conditions with light. In the 1960’s experiments were undertaken for photo bio stimulation and the benefit of red light was discovered.
The first steps to treating skin conditions with LED ( light emitting diodes) were undertaken by NASA as a result of the positive effect of LED on wound healing and tissue growth in space.
Phototherapy occurs naturally all around us and our skin has the ability to absorb light energy and to stimulate or regulate cell processes. Light at certain wavelengths encourages cells to produce more of the chemical adenosine triphosphate ATP, which fuels healthy growth and functioning.
LED phototherapy is the application of beneficial wavelengths from the visible and infra-red part of the light spectrum which has proven skin enhancing benefits. Skin cells that are energised function better and can renew up to 200% faster accelerating regeneration and repair.
The difference between positive and negative effects of light are the amount and the parts of the light spectrum we are exposed to. As we know, exposure to UV light is very damaging for the skin but controlled levels of blue, red and near-infrared are clinically proven to be beneficial with zero downtime and no side effects.
❤️Red 633 nm
Stimulates collagen synthesis and increases hydration and moisture retention. Evens skin tone and texture, calms redness and inflammation, reduces fine lines. Increases lymphatic activity and blood circulation. Red light reaches the Dermis, penetrating 8-10mm to the middle layer of the skin which provides structural support, flexibility, volume and shape.
💙Blue 415 nm
A powerful antibacterial treatment for acne and blemish prone skin without irritation. It reduces oil production and improves skin clarity. Clinically proven as a UV alternative treatment for psoriasis. Blue light reaches the Epidermis which s the outer part of the skin providing a natural barrier function.
🤍Near-infrared 830 nm
Provides advanced skin rejuvenation, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, reduces pigmentation. Near-infrared can be used on the body and is clinically proven to relieve arthritic pain, muscle and joint stiffness. Near -infrared reaches the deepest subcutaneous layer of the skin.
LED phototherapy is suitable for all skin types even the most sensitive. It is a non invasive, safe, painless, relaxing and mood enhancing experience.
Visible results can be seen after just one treatment, skin looks plump, hydrated, radiant with reduced irritation. With LED phototherapy the results are cumulative and treatments taken in quick succession will achieve optimum results.
I specifically chose Dermalux for my business because they are the industry leaders in LED phototherapy and uses the highest quality LED’s to deliver each wavelength at a specific measured energy output, intensity and dose. Dermalux uniquely allows the use of all three FDA approved and clinically proven wavelengths at the same time for optimum and accelerated results.
Is LED Phototherapy safe?
Light therapy is safe, non invasive treatment for all skin types and tones. There is no downtime, pain or side effects after the treatment but some flushing of the skin may be experienced due to the increase in circulation.
The LED wavelengths are specific to penetrate the skin at a certain depth and unlike UV light does not damage the skin. The unit sits in a canopy above the face so there is no direct contact with the skin.
A consultation will be carried out first to assess the skin and to make sure that there are no contraindications to treatment. These would include:
Epilepsy or Seizures
Porphyria (liver disorder which can affect the skin & nervous system)
Auto immune conditions eg. Lupus, Erythematous
Precautions are taken with the following:
Eye disease, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Age Related Macular Degeneration (consultant approval needed)
Light induced headaches
Recent introduction to new skincare products
Certain Prescriptive medications which can cause light sensitivity.
LED phototherapy emits safe low-level light energy but protective eye goggles are worn by the client throughout the treatment.
For the best outcome it is recommended that you adhere to the following after treatment:
Avoid swimming, sauna and steam room for 12 hours
Always wear sun screen
Follow a good skincare regime