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4 Incredible Reasons Red Light Therapy Is An Effective Acne Treatment

4 Incredible Reasons Red Light Therapy Is An Effective Acne Treatment

Have you ever woken up with a huge spring in your step and energy brimming with confidence? Feeling revitalized and ready to take on the day... But then you look in the mirror and see that you have broken out - again.

Acne is often the bane of teenage life. But this pesky skin condition can extend well into adulthood too. Acne (acne vulgaris) is a dermatological condition in which the hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Bump’s form over the clogged sebaceous gland and are commonly known as whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples. This condition can range from the less severe occasional breakout due to stress or poor diet all the way to more chronic conditions such as cystic and acne lesions. 

Acne causes more than just discomfort for the skin. Facial acne can also be responsible for poor mental health, low self-esteem, and low confidence. Even after severe acne clears, it can leave acne scars and an uneven skin tone.

There are some treatments for acne including prescribed medications such as topical retinoid, benzoyl peroxide, and isotretinoin. But an easy, cheap, and natural treatment to consider is red light therapy treatment (RLT).

 

Can Red Light Therapy Help Acne?

Red light therapy is the use of red light as a form of treatment for numerous conditions.3 And it is commonly known for the treatment of dermatological conditions and skin problems such as acne, fine lines, wrinkles, rosacea, and wound healing. But the benefits of Red Light Therapy extend well beyond aesthetics and the skin. Clinical research shows that red light therapy can be utilized effectively for other areas of healing, health, and wellness.

During LED therapy selected parts of the body are exposed to LED lights that emit red light wavelengths. Of all of the colors of light on the spectrum, red light is known to be the least damaging to the skin. In fact, red light has been known to be beneficial to cellular health, skin cell growth, and collagen production5.

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Red light wavelengths allow the cells of the body (especially skin cells) to produce more energy. They stimulate mitochondria, reduce skin inflammation and boost collagen. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of skin cells. Red light acts like a powerful shot of espresso or dose of Vitamin B12 - without the crash. This causes your cells to function at an optimal level, and for a longer time. As a result, your cells are more apt for things like tissue repair and regeneration a.k.a. healing. And this is exactly why red light therapy treatment is perfect for moderate acne all the way to severe acne. These properties are also great for other skin care needs such as the reduction of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots (hyperpigmentation). 

If you use a red light therapy panel or seek red light therapy in a treatment center. Then be sure to check the light specifications to ensure you reduce skin inflammation and receive the highest benefits.

Our red light therapy panels provide the maximum power of 660nm red light wavelengths and 850nm infrared light wavelengths to ensure you receive the maximum results possible. This specially targeted level of light wavelengths ensures effective mitochondrial stimulation to increase wound healing, improve collagen production, and reduce skin inflammation.

 

How Often Should I Do Red Light Therapy For Acne?

Generally, most red light therapy treatments start with 3-5 sessions per week for 10-20 minutes per session. And depending on the skin condition, this can go on for around 1-4 months. 

Depending on the results, after this initial period, you can decrease the sessions if you wish. We recommend using a red light therapy box so that you can enjoy your sessions at home. Buying a red light therapy box is much easier and more cost-effective. Check out our guidelines for red light therapy treatment at home.

Before you start any form of light/laser treatment for inflammatory acne, you should contact your dermatologist, esthetician, or trusted healthcare provider.

 

How To Use Red Light Therapy At Home

It is super easy to do red light therapy at home when you have a Red Light Therapy Panel

Having your own red light therapy panel saves you money, brings you flexibility and control over your acne therapy.

Simply set the timer, and sit in front of your red light therapy panel for the desired amount of time. Relax, make yourself comfortable, and create your own home spa experience. Once you have finished your red light therapy treatment there is no downtime. Meaning you can pop on your makeup and head out the door, and no one will know!

Our red light therapy power panels are specially designed to ensure that powerful infrared light and red light are delivering you the highest results safely. We proudly offer the most powerful 1500w red light therapy devices on the market. 

 

Benefits Of BlockBlueLight Red Light Therapy Power Panels:

  • Come in an array of different sizes
  • Specially formulated with targeted 660nm red light and 850nm infrared light for maximum impact and benefits
  • Portable travel red light therapy panels are available to prevent a lapse in treatment
  • Emit an ultra-low electromagnetic frequency (EMF)
  • Unique FlickerFree technology for eye health and safety
  • Fully compliant with the Australian electrical safety standards for light therapy boxes (which is stricter, and safer, than US and UK regulation)
  • Digital control panels for timers, and switching between red light and infrared light
  • Combined use of different panels allows for flexible and bespoke usage and tailored skin care
  • Generous 3 year product warranties
  • Over the door hook for large panels
red light therapy panel

 What Are The Benefits Of Red Light Therapy?

The beauty of red light therapy is that it is cost-effective, natural, and requires zero recovery time. Red light therapy simply stimulates the cells of your body, such as skin cells, to produce more energy which speeds wound healing. And this is vital when it comes to carrying out restorative functions of the body. 

When your cells have more energy, the following processes happen with improved efficiency and speed.

  • Tissue repair
    When your skin tissue is damaged, your cells have to repair that damage. And red light therapy helps this to happen much faster whilst also reducing possible scarring.

  • Cellular regeneration
    Skin cells constantly die. But the important part of cellular regeneration is that new skin cells must be generated to replace the old ones. This rejuvenating function of the epidermis is imperative when it comes to repairing damage from acne as well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Reduction of inflammation and swelling
    When the hair follicles or sebaceous glands become clogged you will notice reddening, swelling, and perhaps even some mild discomfort. In more severe cases, inflammatory lesions can be very painful. Red light therapy boosts the healing properties of the skin which reduces inflammation and swelling.

  • Reduction of harmful effects3
    Other laser therapies work by heating up and damaging the affected cells to stimulate the regeneration and healing of the new cells. But red light therapy eliminates the first step and solely focuses on the regeneration of new tissue cells and healing the affected areas3. This not only reduces the amount of discomfort but can also reduce the recovery time. This can potentially result in fewer light treatment sessions being needed. 

Red light therapy can be utilized along with other acne treatments to allow the products to work more effectively within the skin. But please check with your trusted medical health practitioner or dermatologist before combining red light therapy with other acne vulgaris treatments. 

 

Conclusion

Red light therapy is a powerful way to stimulate collagen and heal your skin. It can get pretty overwhelming with the variety of different acne treatments on the market not just for you, but also for your skin. Switching between a variety of treatments and products can be confusing and ineffective at best and irritating at worst for your inflamed skin.

Red light therapy and LED treatment are tried and tested and loved by many as an effective, natural, and non-invasive acne therapy. If you are interested in taking back your self-esteem and increasing your confidence. Then your own red light therapy panel for home treatment could be the answer.

 

Sources: 

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/symptoms-causes/syc-20368047
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/red-light-therapy#unproven-claims
  3. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/red-light-therapy#091e9c5e81d7acef-1-3
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health/skin/light-therapy-for-acne#Fast-facts
  5. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/led-lights-are-they-a-cure-for-your-skin-woes
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3926176/

 



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