Let me guess:
You’ve tried just about everything to make your skin look younger, smoother and healthier.
If it’s acne (and acne scars) that ruins your self-esteem, or wrinkles and sagging akin that make you feel old and undesired, you’ve done it all:
- Expensive creams and masks
- Homemade anti-aging masks with bananas, Aloe and every vegetable or fruit in your fridge
- Regular dermatologist visits
- Facial exercises
- (And even some praying?)
How did that work for you?
Your skin looks almost exactly the same, you’re out of money and the kitchen is a mess.
What if there was a single natural treatment that could replace all of these creams, lotions, pills and clinic visits and work much better and faster than all of them combined?
Red light therapy.
In this post you’ll find the 4 astonishing (and proven) benefits and uses for red light therapy and how you can use it at home – safely and easily.
I’ll show you the science behind red light therapy, how it works and how it can save you tons of money and time.
- The 4 Proven Uses for Red Light Skin Therapy
- What Does Red Light Therapy Do to Your Skin?
- What’s the Difference between Red Light Therapy and Laser Therapy?
- The Proven Skin Benefits of Red Light Therapy
- 1. Red Light Therapy for Skin Rejuvenation( Wrinkle Reduction, Skin Tightening)
- 2. Red Light Therapy for Acne Scars
- 3. Red Light Therapy for Psoriasis (Promising new study)
- 4. Red Light Therapy for Cellulite
- Does Red Light Therapy Damage the Skin?
The 4 Proven Uses for Red Light Skin Therapy
1. Wrinkle reduction and prevention, skin tightening (face lift effect)
2. Reducing acne scars (And preventing them in the first place)
3. Reducing Cellulite (this is how your anti-cellulite gel will finally work!)
4. Healing Psoriasis
What Does Red Light Therapy Do to Your Skin?
Visible red LED light (wavelength range of 400 – 700 nanometers) therapy is a gentle and effective way of healing and rejuvenating your skin, also known as photomodulation.
Studies have shown that concentrated red light (no UV light is involved here) is absorbed by cell mitochondria and stimulates production of collagen – the building block of your skin structure.
The heat and light boost blood circulation, bringing more blood and nutrients to your skin.
It also promotes cytokines release (chemical messengers). As more cytokines are released, collagen producing cells (called fibroblasts) leap into action.
If your skin needs healing (from acne, acne scars, eczema, sun damage, redness etc.) – then the skin will heal, naturally and faster.
If it is already healthy, you will get a plumping effect, along with skin tightening, wrinkle reduction and a toned, radiant skin.
What’s the Difference between Red Light Therapy and Laser Therapy?
Red light skin therapy is Low Level Laser Therapy (cold laser). It’s a milder, risk-free treatment that won’t burn, cut or hurt your skin as with Laser treatments.
Therefore, LLLT will not cause skin inflammation or Erythema after treatments.
Just because red light therapy is noninvasive and gentle, does not mean that it can’t produce the same results as a high power laser.
And the best news?
It’s safe enough to do it at home, by yourself, whenever you want to, and it can you save dozens of dermatologist trips and a ton of money.
Now let’s get to the juicy stuff:
The Proven Skin Benefits of Red Light Therapy
Here’s more about the proven benefits of red light therapy for your skin:
1. Red Light Therapy for Skin Rejuvenation( Wrinkle Reduction, Skin Tightening)
There are many studies proving the speedy collagen production delivered through red light phototherapy, and the results are promising.
A 2007 study from the International Center for Cosmetic Medicine in Australia administered nine 20-minute duration red light treatments with a standard red light therapy home device (in the 633 and 830nm wavelength).
“At 12-week follow-up, 91% of subjects reported improved skin tone, and 82% reported enhanced smoothness of skin in the treatment area.”
Notice that this study combined red light (633 nm) with infrared light (830 nm – invisible red light), as do most high quality red LED light home devices (like this one)
Want another example?
In A 2006 clinical study published in J.Drugs Dermatol Magazine, 36 subjects received 9 LED treatments (with both red and infrared wavelengths) over the course of 5 weeks and were evaluated after 12 weeks.
5 of them were also biopsied to see the ultra-structural changes in their collagen fibers.
“A statistically significant improvement in wrinkles was seen after profilometric analysis. The majority of subjects reported improvements in softness, smoothness, and firmness at all time points. Electron microscopic analysis showed evidence of post-LED treatment of thicker collagen fibers.”
Many more studies prove and explain the rising popularity of red light therapy for anti-aging.
(Note: the latest trend in red light therapy at home is the LED facial mask. Don’t forget to check out the top 3 most affordable yet effective LED facial masks!)
How Long is One Home Treatment with Red Light Therapy?
Depending on the power of your home device, treatment time (for the entire face) can take up to 30 minutes (about 3-4 minutes per area).
If you need to treat your entire face, you’ll save a lot of time by using a table top device that will cover your entire face in one 17 minute treatment.
A hand held device will require moving the small treatment head from your cheeks to your forehead to your jowls and so on, which lengthens treatment time.
My #1 recommendation for 2017 is:
Red LED light therapy masks cover your entire face in one treatment, are hands-free and usually come with more colors (blue for acne, green for stress relief etc).
Through my research, they are the most cost effective option of them all.
You can see the top 3 LED Face Masks in 2017 reviewed and rated HERE.
When Can You Expect Results?
Based on researching all clinical studies, you can expect the best results after at least 12 weeks of treatment.
The initial effect will be clearer, brighter and tighter skin.
The long-term effect is improved skin clarity, texture and tone and reduction of wrinkles, fine lines and dark circled under your eyes.
Ideally, you’ll need 4 to 6 home treatments a week for the first 2-3 weeks, than at least 3 times a week for 3 months.
The more and longer you use it, the better results you’ll get.
This is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
But the results are worth it, wouldn’t you say?
2. Red Light Therapy for Acne Scars
Using red light therapy to treat your acne prevents scar tissue from forming in the first place.
Even if you already have scars from acne, red light therapy can help fade them.
As new collagen is formed, the pockmarks often left by severe cases of acne even out, reduce the appearance of acne scarring.
This study has proven that near infrared LED treated scars showed significant improvement over the control scars on all measures of efficacy. And, no side effects were reported.
Note: This treatment takes time. Give it at least of few weeks of daily treatments to see results.
3. Red Light Therapy for Psoriasis (Promising new study)
While red light therapy alone can’t eliminate Psoriasis and Eczema (lifestyle changes and stress relief are critical), it sure can stop the itching and pain.
It can reduce the plaques associated with Psoriasis.
A recent study has found that a combination of 830 (nm) (near infrared light) and 630 nm (visible red light) LLLT, can demonstrate a resolution of Psoriasis.
The infrared light therapy treatment was given to people with Psoriasis resistant to conventional treatment.
It included two, 20-minute sessions, spaced 48 hours apart for a total of 4 or 5 weeks.
The results showed no adverse effects, but rather a resolution of Psoriasis.
“All patients completed their LED regimens. Follow-up periods were from 3 to 8 months, except in two patients who were lost to follow-up. Clearance rates at the end of the follow-up period ranged from 60% to 100%. Satisfaction was universally very high.”
How Can You Get This Treatment?
There are a few FDA cleared red LED home devices that include 830nm and 630nm red wavelengths that you can use to treat yourself at home according to this study’s procedure.
My recommended red skin care home device for Psoriasis:
4. Red Light Therapy for Cellulite
At this point, you already understand the stimulatory effects of LLLT on circulation and collagen formation, right?
So, what does that have to do with getting rid of cellulite?
Well, since cellulite is thought to be triggered by weakening of connective tissues and a decrease in microcirculation, red light therapy can become an alternative to conventional treatments.
Surprisingly, studies have shown that red light therapy alone has no positive effect on cellulite.
When studies combined phototherapy with massage treatment – cellulite size was reduced by 71%!
When another study combined red light rays with using a topical anti-cellulite gel, LLLT was able to bring about remarkable cellulite reduction.
See my full post about why red light therapy is the proven secret to winning your battle with cellulite – HERE.
Here’s what this means for you:
A red light therapy home device (or even better – an infrared massager!) can turn your disappointing anti-cellulite gel into something that finally works!
Does Red Light Therapy Damage the Skin?
Low Level Laser Therapy, delivered through LED light was found to have no side effect and risks to the skin.
Unlike high power laser used in clinics, infrared rays won’t burn your skin, won’t cause redness and inflammation, and the heat is almost unfelt during treatment.
Red light therapy is safe to use on your skin, as long as you follow instructions and don’t overdo it.
Red light therapy is a promising non-invasive, pain-free and natural treatment for a few of the most common skin problems.
It’s proven to work for chronic photo-damaged skin (wrinkles, fine lines, sagging), acne scars, cellulite and psoriasis.
These days you can save a lot of money (and time) on clinic sessions by having an FDA cleared red LED light therapy home device, to use 24/7 whenever you need it.
We would suggest even the greatest skeptics to give the infrared home treatment a try.
If it can replace just one medication you take daily, or one useless expensive cream (not to mention Botox and facelifts), it is well worth the cost.
Do you have any experience with red light skin therapy? We’d love to read about it in the comments below.
To your health and happiness,