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If you love all things skincare, then you probably already know about the skincare fad that uses LED light on the face to treat skin issues and reverse aging. If not, then read on to find out why so many people use these LED light therapy treatments as part of their regular skincare routines.
LED light therapy is touted by celebrities, skincare fanatics, and influencers alike. But you may be wondering just how safe LED light therapy devices are considering what we know about the skin-damaging effects of UV rays.
We’ll start off by clarifying that LED light therapy does NOT use UV (ultraviolet) light, so, therefore, is not harmful or dangerous. It’s important to differentiate the two, as one is known to cause skin damage, and the other is known to reverse it.
Let’s first look at what LED light therapy is and then we will discuss its benefits and risks and who should (and shouldn’t) use it.
Let’s get started.
What is LED light therapy?
LED facial treatments are a popular form of non-invasive skincare that utilize LED light therapy to treat a range of skin issues and complaints, such as acne, wrinkles, sun damage, and more.
LED stands for light-emitting diode and is used in modern esthetic skincare treatments to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness, acne, scarring, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, signs of aging, and more.
LED light therapy uses light at different wavelengths, depending on the individual’s skin concerns. There are two types of LED light therapy – blue light and red light.
- Blue LED light – improves acne symptoms
- Red LED light – reduces scars, wrinkles, and other signs of aging
LED skin treatment sessions can be performed using at-home LED devices, but are not as effective or as safe as receiving LED light treatment from a skincare professional and the devices may not be FDA cleared, so they are not recommended.
Is LED light therapy good for your face?
LED therapy is a popular, safe, and effective solution to treat acne and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, discoloration, dark spots, scars, and other signs of aging on the face and neck.
The light emitting diodes penetrate the skin at different depths which is thought to activate the skin’s natural biological healing process and stimulate collagen production and wound healing on the skin.
The effects of LED light therapy on the face are good for anyone looking to have a younger, healthier-looking appearance and reduce skin damage and acne.
Are LED lights harmful to skin?
LED light does NOT contain harmful UV rays, which are damaging to the skin and linked to skin cancer, therefore LED facial treatments are considered safe and are cleared by the FDA.
It’s always best to seek professional, in-office treatments when receiving LED facial therapy as professionals will use the most advanced technology that is not only more effective but may also be safer.
Come by King Spa today to book your LED facial treatment sessions with one of our professional estheticians.
What are the benefits of LED light therapy?
When discussing the benefits of LED skin treatment, we must break it down into the benefits of blue light therapy and the benefits of red light therapy.
Benefits of blue LED light therapy:
Blue LED light therapy is most often used to treat and prevent acne. It works by acting on the skin’s sebaceous glands to reduce excessive oil production that leads to breakouts. Blue light may also destroy acne-causing bacteria.
Benefits of red LED light therapy:
Red LED light therapy is known for its effectiveness in reversing the signs of aging that are caused by sun damage, known as photoaging. Sun exposure is linked to 90% of the visible signs of skin aging.
Red light helps by acting on the skin’s fibroblast cells, encouraging them to produce collagen which plays an important role in skin healing and recovery and gives the skin its structure, strength, and elasticity.
Is LED light therapy right for me?
LED facial treatments are safe and effective for most people, but may not be right for everybody depending on what your needs are. While LED light therapy works for many skin issues, it doesn’t treat certain skin conditions.
You should consult your physician or dermatologist if you have any underlying conditions or concerns before receiving LED light treatment.
LED light therapy can help treat a variety of skin complaints, including:
- fine lines and wrinkles
- sun damage
- redness and inflammation
- dark spots/ age spots
- stretch marks
- some skin cancers
LED light therapy does NOT treat:
- acne cysts
What are the risks of LED light therapy?
LED light therapy is relatively safe for all skin types. However, if you have certain medical conditions, or genetic conditions, or are taking certain medications that make you more sensitive to light exposure, you may want to avoid LED light therapy. If you are pregnant you should consult your doctor before receiving LED treatment.
It’s important to always protect your eyes when receiving LED light therapy treatments, as direct exposure to LED light can harm them.
What are the side effects of LED light therapy?
LED light therapy is considered relatively safe and risk-free and is widely used by professional estheticians, dermatologists, and other healthcare providers. However, rare side effects have occurred in some individuals.
Side effects of LED light therapy may include:
LED light therapy at King Spa Virginia
At King Spa, we offer professional LED light therapy treatments for all your skin needs in a beautiful, state-of-the-art Korean spa conveniently located in Northern Virginia. Come spend a spa day with us and receive your LED light therapy sessions all at the same time. Visit our spa today and book your LED light therapy service in person.