According to a Dermatologist, LED Light Therapy Can Transform Your Skin

LED Light Therapy has grown in popularity in the past few years. We can thank celebrities like Kate Moss and the Kardashians for that. Still, the procedure is getting the buzz mostly because it promises—and, spoiler alert, delivers—a good fight against acne and signs of aging using just light technology. Pair that claim with cool fancy gadgets that make it look like you're in the year 2145, and you have a trendy beauty treatment everyone is dying to try. 

If you deal with things like sagging, wrinkling skin, acne, and inflammation, you should try this. But how exactly can a device that emits bright lights help you get a clearer and more radiant complexion? We turned to dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, and Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Sheila Nazarian, MD, and asked them to give us the scoop on everything about LED light therapy. From what it is to how it works, they laid it all out in our comprehensive guide to this type of skin treatment.

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What Is LED Light Therapy?

LED means light-emitting diode. "It works by emitting infrared lights (causing heat) in different wavelengths/spectrums, which have different skincare benefits," says Engelman. "Amber light stimulates collagen and elastin. Red light is most commonly used to promote circulation. White light penetrates the deepest and works to tighten and reduce inflammation. Blue light kills bacteria."


Benefits of LED Light Therapy

  • Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves acne scars
  • Prevents breakouts by killing the acne-causing bacteria
  • Promotes circulation
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Brightens skin

"The red infrared lights are used for fine lines and wrinkles. The blue lights are used to improve acne and prevent breakouts. Also, blue light penetrates deep to [treat] cystic acne," says Nazarian.

How to Prepare for LED Light Therapy

For both LED light home masks or LED light in-office machines, the skin must be clean and without any makeup. Experts indicate to wash your face with a gentle cleanser that doesn't irritate your skin. You'll might also be required to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from the light. This depends on which kind of device you are using. For example on the latest model, you don't have to wear goggles.

What to Expect During a LED Light Therapy

If you decide to go get an LED treatment along with a massage or facial at a spa, you really don't have to do much but lie there. "We place LED panels a few inches away from the patient's face," says Nazarian. "Eye protection is also placed as the lights are quite bright. We treat [the skin] for about 15 to 20 minutes. At first, it feels warm, but patients report really liking the feeling." The light doesn't cause any burns or skin damage. It's pretty much painless, and if you like lights, the colors can even be relaxing.


Potential Side Effects

As a noninvasive procedure without ultraviolet rays, LEDs are usually very safe for all skin colors and types. Side effects are rare, but note if you experience redness or increased inflammation. You might, though, want to talk to your doctor if you're taking any oral acne medications, like Accutane, cause it lets the skin super sensitive to light. 

The Cost 

There are a variety of LED devices on the market. We advice these two:

1- 7 Colors Light LED Facial Photon Therapy - 

2- LED Light Facial Mask Therapy

Both devices are the best in the market. Here at Sophie's Essence we have incredible deals for those devices. Don't trust fake suppliers that promise you super cheap price. Those devices have a high-end technology and are not cheap to make. We take care of you like always.


LED light therapy is noninvasive, so no recovery time is required. You should be able to continue with your everyday activities once your treatment is over. Minor results are expected right after your first session, but it's more noticeable once you've finished all the in-office sessions. 

"We typically recommend light therapy every one to two weeks if an important event is coming up," says Nazarian. "If it's just for maintenance, we treat with our patients' monthly microdermabrasion or micro-needling treatments."


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