Light therapy is becoming an increasingly popular form of skin care treatment. In the past, NASA even used this technology for muscle regeneration and healing of wounds. Nowadays it is commonly utilized in medical and cosmetology industry and also more and more often at home in the form of face masks and other devices. This procedure uses varying LED wavelengths to treat acne, rosacea, reduce inflammation, and promote anti-aging effects.
The Uniqueness of Light Therapy
In recent years light therapy has been considered as one of the best non-medical alternatives to invasive surgery in treating many skin diseases.
But Is It Safe?
Over the last years, there has been significant growth in the number of assumptions and speculations related to light therapy. Most of them can be found in discussions on social media or web forums. The overwhelming majority of those comments try to accuse this technology of being dangerous and suspected of causing cancer. So, is light therapy harmful?
In most cases, the answer is no. According to the American Academy of Dermatology light therapy is considered safe. LED light therapy does not utilize harmful ultraviolet light (UV), which is responsible for damaging skin and causing cells to mutate. Another advantage is the noninvasive procedure which reduces the actual risk to very low. That is why many dermatologists recommended light therapy for people with darker or more sensitive skin, unlike more invasive procedures such as laser therapy.
So, You Want to Try Led Light Therapy?
Unfortunately, there are some aspects to consider while planning your first treatment. At first, despite an excellent safety profile, photon light therapy is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
There is also not recommended to start this treatment if you have an active rush. Side effects from LED light therapy are rare, but there are some you need to be aware of such as
- increased inflammation
You should consult your doctor before starting therapy if you have any medical condition or skin issues that may affect your ability to safely perform photon light therapy.
Three key elements for safety treatment
Choosing the right option
You have two options to choose from:
LED treatments available at dermatologist's offices
Buying an at-home LED device
If you choose to do the second, we highly recommend avoiding the cheapest and extremely poor quality devices on the market. Choosing better-quality devices leads to achieve better results and significantly improve overall safety.
Proper eye protection
While having your eyes open, don't look directly at the LED light. Inappropriate use may cause:
changes in vision
Always follow the rules
You should adhere to the recommended time for each session.
Following this rule will minimize the risk of certain side effects.
For more information, always review the instructions provided by your device manufacturer.