Light Therapies For Aging Skin and Acne

skin care specialist administering light therapy on female patient
For those with acne or who want to rejuvenate their skin, light-emitting diode (LED) therapy, also known as photodynamic therapy, or PDT, can be helpful. These high-tech sounding treatments, complement rather than replace your skin-care routine.

LED Red Light Therapy for Anti-Aging
LED Red Light technology has been used by skincare professionals for its rejuvenating benefits for many years. As we age, we experience a loss of volume caused by a reduction in collagen levels. Deterioration shows up as rough texture, overall dullness, redness, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Here’s how it works: Specific wavelengths of red light are proven to boost overall cellular energy, increasing our body’s natural production of collagen and elastin and increasing microcirculation. For those struggling with acne and wrinkles, Red Light LEDs are also believed to target the skin’s oil glands to reduce cytokines, a class of pro-inflammatory substances believed to play a role in chronic acne. There is minimal risk of side effects and no downtime.

LED Blue Light Therapy for Acne
LED Blue Light Therapy is an FDA-approved cosmetic procedure that is gentle, painless, safe, and effective. Treatments are noninvasive and nonabrasive. Blue LED Light therapy has proven very effective against more difficult acne cases by attacking the bacteria that causes acne.

How it works: Specific wavelengths of blue light target the strain of bacteria that plays a pivotal role in causing acne for many people. The light causes the development of oxygen radicals that kill P. acnes bacteria without damaging healthy skin. A combination of blue light and the red light also appears to be effective. Temporary side effects can include temporary redness, crusting, and peeling in the treated areas.

There are many light therapy products on the market, but as with any treatment, it is wise to seek the counsel of an expert to ensure that you are pursuing a treatment that is best for you and you don’t harm your skin. To learn more, visit one of our Advanced Skin Care and Laser offices located in Danbury, Norwalk, and Ridgefield.

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