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What Are The Different LED Light Therapies?

at Omniya Clinic in London

LED stands for light-emitting diode. This is a type of therapy that has grown in popularity lately, as it promotes anti-ageing effects, reduces inflammation, and treats acne. It uses different degrees of LED wavelengths, depending on the skin issue. Light is used in the visible spectrum, including red, amber, yellow, and blue, as well as beyond the visible spectrum, so that different depths of the skin are penetrated. The great thing about this treatment is that it is adapted to suit your specific skin goals, for example, blue tends to be used for acne treatment, whereas red light is usually used for anti-ageing.

The different light therapies include the following:

  • Blue LED light therapy
  • Red LED light therapy
  • White LED light therapy
  • Yellow LED light therapy
  • Green LED light therapy
LED light therapies mask

The different LED light therapy colours

Blue LED light therapy

Blue light therapy is used to target the sebaceous glands, which are also known as the oil glands. They are found underneath your hair follicles. Oil glands are required to lubricate the hair and skin so that it does not dry out. Nevertheless, these glands can become too active, leading to acne and oil skin. Blue LED light therapy is able to target these sebaceous glands, making them less active. This can result in a person experiencing a lower number of acne breakouts. Blue light can also kill bacteria underneath the skin that causes acne. This can help to treat nodules, cysts, and other types of severe acne pimples.

Red LED light therapy

Red light, also known as infrared light, is used to treat the outer layer of the skin – the epidermis. When the light is applied to the skin, it is absorbed by the epidermis, which then stimulates collagen proteins. The increased collagen will result in your skin looking fuller and smoother, which can result in the reduced appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Red LED light will reduce inflammation while also giving you a healthier glow by boosting circulation.

Sometimes both red and blue LED light therapy will be used together to promote anti-inflammatory effects, decrease scarring, and help to treat acne.

White LED light therapy

Also called near infra-red light, white LED light therapy has the longest wavelength. Because of this, it can penetrate the deepest into the skin. This way, you can make sure that your skin looks radiant while also staying healthy too, which is just what you want when seeking any sort of skin treatment! There are many different benefits that are associated with white LED light therapy. This includes clearing dark spots and sun damage, reducing inflammation, tightening the skin, and healing acne scars.

Yellow LED light therapy

This type of LED light can be used to infiltrate the further depths of your skin, targeting the cells’ light receptors. This can be your greatest weapon for combating wrinkles and fine lines, and other factors that show ageing. This form of light therapy can also be used to minimise redness and improve circulation on your skin.

Green LED light therapy

We also have green LED light therapy. This is the perfect beauty solution if you have any form of skin discolouration. This includes dark circles, sun spots, broken capillaries, and hyperpigmentation. This form of therapy will even out your skin tone, which results in a stunning complexion that you will be proud to show off. With this form of therapy, the epidermis’ bottom layer is going to be targeted, specifically the cells that produce melanin. It works through prohibiting the development of excess melanin.

Preparation for your LED light therapy treatment

When you book an appointment for LED light therapy, you will be asked to wear some protective goggles. We will provide you with these, of course! The purpose of the goggles is to make sure the light does not cause any damage to your eyes. It is also important to remove all of your makeup before your treatment. We simply recommend not wearing any at all, but if you are wearing makeup, we can remove that for you.

Am I suitable for LED light therapy treatments?

While this is a safe treatment, there are cases whereby LED light therapy is not recommended. If you have the following conditions, LED light therapy is probably not going to be right for you:

  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer
  • Haemorrhage
  • Eye conditions
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Migraines
  • Active rash

It is also not advisable for patients who use isotretinoin or Accutane for acne. This drug can make your skin very sensitive to light, which could potentially result in scarring. Other medications that may impact your exposure to LED light therapy include steroids or tetracycline.

If you’re unsure as to whether LED light therapy is right for you, one of our experienced and friendly practitioners will be able to help you out. They will be able to tell you whether or not this treatment is the correct one for your skin condition. Don’t worry if it is not; we offer a range of different therapies and treatments, so we will be able to make our recommendations on the right on for you.

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