Technology has progressed so much and so fast that it is possible to move some of the expensive equipment from a dermatology office home.
The LED face mask is one of these devices. The benefits of light therapy are multiple and demonstrated over time through various studies. You need to know that your home device is usually not as powerful as a clinic device. However, if time and budget do not allow you at least one dermatological treatment with an LED lamp per month, then such a home product is precisely what you need.
the effects and results of LED therapy are cumulative and are observed after constant treatment for several months. So if you rarely visit your dermatologist, the chances of having long-term effects are small.
What is led therapy?
This type of treatment was developed about 30 years ago to help astronauts recover as quickly as possible after a space flight. After a while, it was noticed that in addition to tissue recovery and healing, LED lights had a beneficial effect on the skin too. So it began to be studied and applied to various dermatological conditions: acne, pigment spots, wrinkles, redness, loss of firmness, and brightness of the skin.
How does it work?
The light is absorbed by skin receptors depending on its wavelength, and each color of the spectrum will stimulate a different skin response. Thus, the longer the wavelength, the deeper the penetration.
What wave lengths are beneficial?
Red (620 – 630 nm)
The most important role of the red light is anti-aging. How? By stimulating collagen production and improving blood circulation to the skin. Your skin will become brighter, and wrinkles will gradually reduce.
Blue (465 – 470 nm)
Blue light has an antibacterial role, destroying the coating of the pathogen responsible for acne. In other words, at this wavelength, the bacteria can no longer grow, being removed from the surface of the skin.
It is ideal for treating oily/ acne-prone skin and large pores, while also regulating sebum production. The advantage of blue light is that it does not dry out the skin, contributing to faster healing of active lesions.
Green (515 – 525 nm)
It helps treat hyperpigmentation and improves the quality and general appearance of the skin surface. It evens skin color, giving it a bright and healthy look.
Yellow (565 – 590 nm)
Improves oxygen circulation at the cellular level, helps lymphatic drainage and reduces the appearance of fine lines. It will depuff your face and will fight rough skin with a dull appearance.
Purple (400 – 420 nm)
It is a combination of red and blue light with strong regenerating effects. It is mainly used in the treatment of acne scars.
Blue (500 – 520 nm)
Blue light has a gradual effect on cellular energy and increases metabolism, translating into a more glowy skin. What’s more, it’s very relaxing. You can take a nap while the mask works.
White light helps fight skin laxity, with strong detoxifying effects. Over time, your skin will gain more and more firmness, being toned, and looking healthy. This wavelength penetrates deepest into the skin, having an anti-aging effect, reducing wrinkles, rejuvenating, and combating hyperpigmentation.
Is it safe to use led therapy in pregnancy?
Yes, it is safe and non-invasive. LED masks approved for home use do not have light as bright as those found in dermatological clinics. And because they are not used in the presence of a specialist, they go through additional safety tests.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women can safely use the mask as long as they have not developed photosensitivity during pregnancy. Moreover, LED therapy is an effective and non-chemical method of combating hormonal acne and preventing hyperpigmentation. In rare cases, allergies can occur.
Visible results? When?
The results are different depending on the type of skin, the problem treated, and the constant use.
Used properly, 20 minutes 3-4 times a week, you will see a reduction in wrinkles and improved skin quality in about 4 weeks.
Tip 1: Cleanse your skin before using the mask and apply a moisturizer or anti-aging serum while using it. In this way, the cream’s active ingredients will penetrate profoundly, and the effects will be more visible.
Careful! Do not use anti-acne products while using the mask as they may cause irritation. Apply the anti-acne product as soon as you have finished LED therapy.
Tip 2: Take a picture before starting treatment. This way, you will keep a record of your progression, and you will notice the changes better.
Careful! Alcohol consumption, smoking, and junk food will prolong treatment duration, and the results may be delayed.
Do not use the product if you suffer from photosensitivity, epilepsy, certain thyroid diseases, or taking photosensitizing medication. Of course, whenever you are in doubt and do not know whether to buy such a product or not, the specialist’s advice can help you!