What You Should Know About LED Facials
The Benefits that LED Facials can Offer Your Skin
LED facials or light-emitting diode therapy is a safe and non-invasive treatment known for its skin rejuvenation effects. Although LED lights have been around since the 1960s, they have recently been used for skin treatments and are one of the most rapidly developing technologies. LED light therapy consists of two different wavelengths: red and blue light frequencies. Neither of these contains ultraviolet rays and is absorbed by the skin. The light works by entering the first few layers of skin with varying wavelengths that activate the skin’s healing properties which lead to improvement of the skin. More specifically, without creating heat, a semiconductor converts electricity to light. LED works on a cellular level to reduce many common skin conditions and is a great way to treat your skin without medication, surgery, or expensive facial creams or serums.
Does LED Light Therapy Really Improve Skin?
Given that skin is the largest organ of the body, we must take proper care of it. LED light therapy can treat many common skin conditions and has many benefits as well. LED can treat acne, inflammation, sun damage, redness of the skin, hair loss, psoriasis, skin cancers, and even reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Some of the benefits of LED light therapy include stimulating collagen production and killing bacteria on the skin.
Aging and Collagen Production:
As we age, our skin loses the collagen that it once had. Collagen is the main structural protein found in the skin and plays a big role in the connective tissue within the skin. Therefore, collagen helps our skin recover when it has been harmed. Collagen is what gives our skin that youthful and vibrant look. The loss of collagen results in thinner, drier, and less elastic skin which leads to wrinkle formation. LED light therapy has been proven to smooth those fine lines and wrinkles over time. Experts believe that the red LED light used in treatment targets the epidermis and acts on cells in the skin as fibroblasts, which play a role in the production of collagen. Therefore, the red LED light is used in reversing signs of aging in the skin.
Acne and Killing Bacteria:
On the other hand, the blue LED is used to treat acne. This is true because the blue LED light is known to target sebaceous glands (oil glands), which are located underneath the hair follicles. The blue light targets these oil glands and makes them less active which will result in less oil, leading to fewer breakouts. The blue light will also kill acne-causing bacteria under the skin which can also lead to fewer breakouts.
At-Home LED Facial Devices VS. In-Clinic Technology
Although at-home LED light therapy kits are available for purchase in stores, they are proven to be far less effective than the technology that a clinic or healthcare facility can provide. Along with this, the FDA and clinicians only evaluated in-clinic practices which means that there is not enough evidence regarding the effects of at-home devices versus in-clinic technology. In other words, there is concern that at-home devices are not using the correct wavelengths to be effective and get the proper results. It is believed that many at-home devices are not doing much more than merely shining a light on your face.
A Final Thought
It is important to note that receiving LED facials from a trusted and licensed aesthetician is the only way to ensure you are receiving the proper care and maximizing the benefits that this treatment has to offer. At White Crane Clinic, we strive to treat each client and tailor services to their specific needs and concern-areas. Book an appointment with our amazing aesthetician and give LED light therapy a try with your next facial. We highly recommend this treatment to anyone as it is safe and beneficial for all skin types. Lastly, LED light therapy has a cumulative effect, so it is important to schedule regularly to achieve that brighter, tighter, and clearer skin.