Does LED Light Therapy Really Work?

does LED light therapy work

“Shine bright like a diamond.”

-Rihanna

Is light therapy or phototherapy just another skin care gimmick?

Up until fairly recently, I had only heard of the wonders of light therapy, but had never experienced it. The results I've seen on my acne and rosacea clients, however, have made me the ultimate groupie. I can make cystic acne clear up in less than half the time it would normally take. I can make dilated capillaries strengthen and thus diminish in appearance. I have seen sun damage break up and skin tone gain clarity. It isn't magic, it's science!

Light therapy uses different wavelengths, or colors, of light. LED stands for light-emitting diode and was first developed in the 1960s. When this beneficial light is applied directly to the skin it helps to increase collagen and elastin production, reduce inflammation, speed healing, increase circulation, and destroy acne bacteria. Light therapy delivers light energy in a similar way plants absorb light energy from the sun. I use LightStim LED, which emits UV-free, beneficial light rays that energize cells and stimulate the body's natural process to build new proteins and regenerate cells.

NYC derm Dennis Gross, MD, weighed in for a September 2017 article in Elle magazine saying "When a light is stimulating collagen, it's doing the exact same thing as any ingredient that's been proven to stimulate collagen--it works on the fibroblast cell in the dermis. Red LED wavelengths, specifically, activate a unique receptor on the fibroblast surface, leading to collagen production. They also reduce the amount of enzymes that break down collagen and work on mitochondria to increase ATP levels. There's no trauma to the skin--no heat or dryness. LED is an amazing new frontier in the antiaging arsenal." When you couple red and infrared LED, you're able to "stimulate circulation, which improves the look of the skin by bringing in antioxidants from the bloodstream. In sun-damaged skin, there's a loss of collagen lower down, and infrared can go below the dermis, where the blood vessels are, to induce healing."

I incorporate both LightStim for Anti-Aging and LightStim for Acne into my facial treatments to enhance the results we are trying to achieve. But the work doesn't stop there. All results are cumulative. If you suffer from acne, I may be able to get you to minimal breakouts, but your home care is what will keep you there. Using the LightStim for Acne on top of breakouts for 3 minutes a day will reduce inflammation, promote circulation and destroy P. acnes bacteria, which in turn lets us accomplish more each appointment! Using the LightStim for Anti-Aging at home for 3 minute increments on sections of your face will intensify product absorption, accelerate healing, reduce inflammation, promote circulation, and build collagen and elastin. In other words, your results will last longer.

-Marisa Overton, Esthetician