From actress Kate Beckinsale to former Disney star Olivia Holt, celebrities are promoting their use of LED technology to combat acne, wrinkles, fine lines, and reduce inflammation.
While some are fans of the home-based masks, others are receiving in-office treatments with the LightStim Professional LED Bed.
Before trying either LED option, here’s what you need to know about this light-based therapy.
What Are LED Devices?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and is a computer chip covered by glass. It emits light at varying wavelengths on the color spectrum and each wavelength can target certain concerns.
Blue light targets acne-causing bacteria, Amber light is used to build collagen and elastin; Red light reduces inflammation and improves circulation; Infrared Light accelerates healing, reduces inflammation, promotes circulation, and allows products to be better absorbed by the skin.
LED treatments are non-invasive, pain-free, and have zero downtime. In addition, they’re also safe for all skin types.
LightStim Professional LED Bed
The LightStim Professional LED Bed is an in-office treatment offered at The West Institute that can cover a much wider range of wavelengths compared to the mask. Additionally, it’s able to focus light on the entire body and face within a 40-minute session.
Patients must be free of makeup, lotions, and creams, before undressing, and lying on their backs in the LightStim LED Bed. Some liken the experience to a tanning bed except instead of harmful ultra-violet rays, the device is emitting lights focused on refreshing and improving skin.
After the treatment, individuals may experience a flushed appearance and a sensation of warmth.
LightStim Mini Handheld
LightStim LED Handheld is an easy way and at-home device used to treat pain. This patented LED light therapy device is registered and cleared by the FDA to provide temporary relief for arthritic pain, muscle and joint pain, and stiffness.
The LightStim LED Handheld device also increases blood circulation, accelerates healing and diminished bruising.
At-Home LED Masks
Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Acne Mask is an at-home LED treatment. It can be purchased over-the-counter and worn daily for 10 minute sessions. It costs around $40 and is disposable, with most wearers getting approximately 30 uses from one mask.
It claims to use blue light for bacteria and red light for inflammation to improve the appearance of acne blemishes and breakouts. It should be noted that this LED mask is to treat acne rather than cure it.
Research has suggested that a large percentage of patients using handheld LED devices noticed improvements in fine lines and wrinkles eight weeks after treatment. Additionally, patients did not report any side effects as a result of light-based therapy.
Multiple treatments of both in-office and at-home devices are required for optimal results.
To learn more about LED treatments for wrinkles, pain and more, please call The West Institute today to schedule an appointment.