Everyone one is talking about this incredible therapy that uses the power of LED light, delivered in different colour frequencies to improve the skin, treat acne and problem skin conditions, promote anti-ageing benefits, and treat conditions at a cellular level. It’s safe, passive and quick, with very few contraindications (those on photosensitising medication should avoid, for instance), so should you be adding LED Light Therapy benefits to your skin regimen?
Are The Benefits Of LED Light Theraphy Backed By Science?
Yes, they sure are! The therapeutic benefits of LED Light Therapy (light emitting diode – a computer chip encased in a glass-like resin, which emits therapeutic wavelengths (or colours) of light energy) were first credited to a Danish physician by the name of Niels Ryberg Finsen, who earned a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1903 for his contribution to the treatment of various skin diseases using light radiation. Finsen is recognised as the ‘father of phototherapy’ and he opened a new avenue for medical science.
In the years shortly after, there were a large number of innovative doctors and scientists who expanded the field of research with healing protocols using LED Light Therapy yielding outstanding results. In the 30s and 40s, blood irradiation (using light to treat the blood) was a body of work championed by two American medical pioneers called Dr Emmett Knott and Dr George Miley, who contributed thousands of case studies proving the benefits of LED Light Therapy.
When antibiotics became widely available in the 1940s, interest in the continuing research of LED Light Therapy benefits waned. It wasn’t until the 80s, when Russian scientists continued the work of Miley and Knott and began to have enormous success that the world once again looked towards the incredible healing power of lightwaves.
By the 1990s, NASA began to do research into light therapy as part of long-term space flight crew health maintenance. Their findings supported Russian research renewed interest. More recently, NASA have conducted studies on the use of the benefits of red LED Light Therapy pertaining to the enhancement of cell growth and found that the application of specific wavelengths of light increased fibroblast activity and enhanced DNA synthesis, which in turn, leads to the production of new collagen.
So What Are The Benefits Of LED Light Therapy?
With so much science and data to support the efficacy of the treatment, all that is left to do is decide which colour light frequency is best for you. Having a treatment in clinic means you are accessing the best LED Light Therapy technology because we use medical-grade equipment. Research has concluded that it is the depth, and administering the correct depth for the particular treatment, of the lightwave that is the most important factor in achieving the best results. This is one reason home devices are not going to deliver the results you might hope for.
Most commonly, the spectrum of LED Light Therapy is white, yellow, green, blue and red. The two most well-researched and most effective are red light and blue light.
Benefits Of Red Light Therapy
Red Light easily penetrates the skin and is used most in anti-ageing protocols because it is proven to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin production.
Collagen is the most common protein found in the body. It is the essential protein used to repair and replace damaged tissue. It is this substance that holds cells together with a high degree of elasticity. Tissue without collagen is stringy and lacks substance. Collagen begins to deplete around the age of 30 and by the time you reach your 60s, the body may produce little or no collagen at all.
Increases Lymphatic Drainage
Research has shown that lymph vessel diameter and flow of lymph can be doubled with the use of Light Therapy, helping to reduce swelling and puffiness
Restores Cell Function
Provides essential energy for cellular renewal, nutrition and removal of waste material, and energises and repairs damaged cells (as increases RNA and DNA synthesis).
Other Proven Red LED Light Therapy Benefits
- Boosts circulation
- Increases moisture retention
- Smoother, firmer, plumper skin
- Minimises fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces age spots and pigmentation
- Minimises scarring
- Beneficial for eczema, psoriasis, rosacea
- Helps repair sun damaged skin
- Reduces blemishes
- Soothes irritation and redness
- Restores natural luminosity and glow
- Improves broken capillaries (forming additional blood vessels to replace damaged ones)
- Increases penetration of products (through improved blood flow)
- Thickens and firms the skin
- Reduces pore size
Benefits Of Blue Light Therapy
Blue LED Light Therapy is widely used to treat acne and breakout-prone skin. It’s proven to destroy acne bacteria and reduce active acne. In clinical studies, more than 86% of study participants experienced a 74% acne reduction.
Other Proven Blue Light Therapy Benefits
- Minimises redness and irritation
- Reduces inflammation and swelling
- Normalises sebum production
- Soothes and calms
- Beneficial for psoriasis, rosacea
- Helps to treat sun damage
- Reduces large pores
- Relieves tension and headaches
Book an appointment at (02) 9159 3735 Pellis Medispa today, to experience first hand the incredible results of LED Light Therapy!