In our quest to look and feel healthier, we turn to light.
Ultraviolet light makes us bronze.
But this is just a small part of the spectrum.
Infrared heats our skin to warm us.
But what about visible light?
Science is showing us that blue and red lights have a profound effect on our bodies.
Blue wavelengths kill the bacteria that cause pimples.
And red light speeds up healing. It boosts collagen production to firm the skin.
Dermatologists have known about this for decades
It used to be you had to go to a clinic to receive treatments.
Low-level light therapy with lasers or LEDs was expensive.
For less than you’d pay for a single visit to the dermatologist, you can purchase a light therapy device to use at home.
Can you spare ten minutes a day to get rid of acne?
Let’s look at blue light therapy devices for acne.
These handheld tools are painless to use. They won’t burn your skin or cause dryness and irritation like medication.
They are compact and portable.
Plus, they only take a few minutes a day to make a difference.
Blue light therapy is safer and more effective than medication
Blue light therapy for pimples doesn’t interfere with other acne treatments, so you don’t need to stop using salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
But in time, you may decide you don’t need those other methods.
In fact, blue light therapy works just as well or better than oral antibiotics for acne. (1)
Moreover, if you combine blue light with red light therapy, your skin will heal faster from a breakout.
Red light therapy heals damaged skin
After you’ve finish the blue light treatment, switch to red light.
Red wavelengths stimulate the mitochondria to repair the skin. (2)
The best red light therapy devices smooth fine lines and wrinkles and reduce inflammation.
They can also reverse hair loss in certain situations.
Some use infrared to penetrate deeper and minimize the pain of osteoarthritis and tendinitis.
Again, low-level light therapy with home-use devices is painless and without side effects.
Can you say the same about other beauty treatments?
The barriers to using light therapy
I’ll be honest; there are reasons why everyone doesn’t have a light therapy device in their bathroom cabinet yet.
One obstacle is the initial cost.
But compare the price of a light therapy device to how much you spend on acne medications and retinol creams.
If you can quit purchasing those other products, you’d soon pay for the device.
I’m not recommending that you immediately switch.
I suggest that you give it a try. Take a few weeks before you ditch your regular routine.
But there is a second obstacle you need to think about.
Literally, you need to commit to consistent, regular treatments.
In most cases, this means using light therapy on your skin every day, sometimes twice.
This would ordinarily be right after you wash your face (or whatever part you’re treating).
If you can’t follow through, you won’t get the benefits.
How to know which device is best?
How did you decide which car to buy?
Was it because of your budget, the brand name, or because someone you trust recommended it?
Perhaps you compared specifications to find the most economical or the safest vehicle.
Happily, we live in an age where it’s not hard to get information.
Follow the links above to see expert reviews about currently available light therapy devices.
The rewards of light therapy
If you’re willing to make the investment of money and time, you’ll reap the rewards of the latest technology.
Seriously, think about this.
No side effects. No harsh chemicals. No red, irritated skin. No pain.
If only everything in life were this easy.
I have an idea for you if you’re still on the fence.
Make an appointment with your dermatologist to discuss light therapy.
Obviously, office equipment is much more powerful than what you’ll purchase to use at home.
Fortunately, the principle is the same. You can get first-hand experience and knowledge about this innovative treatment for your skin.
Then, I bet you’ll be telling everyone you know about it.
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14756640 by M Elman and J Lebzelter, published February 2004, accessed February 5, 2020
2. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/red-light-therapy accessed February 5, 2020