In beauty magazines and lifestyle blogs, as well as on social media, you can read more and more articles about the so-called LED Facial. In many cosmetic studios, this light therapy for the skin can be claimed. It is supposed to be an effective helper against wrinkles or acne. Meanwhile, there are LED masks for self-treatment at home. The high-tech devices are visually somewhat reminiscent of a futuristic Halloween disguise and are supposed to bring significant effects. How LED Facial works and whether the treatment is really effective from our point of view, you will learn in this blog post.
Special light is supposed to be good for the skin
Ultraviolet light (UV light) was used to improve the condition of atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, contact eczema or sun allergy, especially in the 1990s, but also afterwards. However, treatment with UV light can also have side effects: Especially if the UV radiation is highly dosed, skin discoloration in the form of hyperpigmentation can occur due to increased melanin formation. It is also possible that the genetic material of the skin is permanently and irreparably damaged.
Technical advances have made it possible to develop a new type of light therapy that does not require the use of potentially harmful UV radiation: irradiation with LED light. The light waves of the “Light Emitting Diodes” are less powerful, and above all they have no undesirable side effects. However, they are said to be just as effective. The different frequencies are able to penetrate the skin to different depths and have a positive effect there.
In the beauty industry, special high-tech masks with LED light are used for facial treatments.
Led facial: how light therapy for the skin works
LED masks have up to 100 small LED lamps built into the back. They emit different colors for skin optimization. They can be adjusted according to skin type or treatment purpose. Each has its own wavelength and can thus stimulate the different layers of the skin. In this way, different processes can be triggered in the skin.
The application works as follows: First, you should clean your skin well. After that, you can place the LED mask directly on your face and turn it on – this is best done while lying down, relaxing at the same time. Depending on the model, the light therapy lasts 10 to 20 minutes. You should repeat the treatment two to three times a week – preferably in the evening before going to bed. This way, you can incorporate the LED Facial treatment into your evening routine like a calming ritual. After the LED therapy, it is best to apply a serum and then a cream. Just like that, the beauty treatment is complete.
Effects of led light on the skin
Red led light
It has a wavelength of 580 to 660 nanometers. Even more is possible: from 780 nanometers, it is called infrared light. Red LED light can stimulate collagen production in the skin, helping to plump up small wrinkles from the inside. It can promote blood circulation and counteract inflammation. In addition, red LED light can have a positive effect on blemished and pimply skin.
Blue led light
With its wavelength of 400 to 450 nanometers, it can reduce bacteria on the skin that can cause inflammatory reactions and blemishes. For this reason, blue light LED Facial is suitable for treating mild to moderate acne. Since it boosts oxygen production, it can also make the skin appear fresher. When combined with red LED light, this wavelength is said to be helpful in fighting severe acne progressions.
Green led light
Here, the wavelength is 525 nanometers. Green LED light is said to soothe the skin and help with sun-related skin conditions such as pigmentation spots or hyperpigmentation. This is because the green light can break up pigment spots. With regular use, the complexion can look more even in this way.
LED facial: who is light therapy for the skin suitable for?
In principle, the high-tech masks with LEDs are suitable for any skin type. However, caution is advised for patients taking medications that make the skin sensitive to light. In this case, the normally harmless LED light could overstimulate the skin, as it is particularly photosensitized right now. You should also not do LED therapy during pregnancy. Likewise, it is not recommended in case of serious skin diseases.
How effective is LED facial?
Improving your skin by using colored light and a funny looking mask at home – that sounds very attractive. But can it really work? We cannot give a blanket answer to this legitimate question. As different as the facial skin is for every woman and man, so different is the effect they can achieve with light therapy. No one can guarantee that the application of the LED Facial will have a positive effect on the appearance of the skin – in other words, it is uncertain whether visible success will occur and whether the light therapy will be effective.
In addition, consistent and regular use of LED light therapy is necessary to achieve and maintain results. At the same time, it depends on the correct application. Therefore, you should always follow the instructions of the respective product and not irradiate your face longer than recommended by the manufacturer. It is also important to always protect your eyes well.
In addition, the effectiveness of the LED mask depends on its energy output. As a rule, over-the-counter home devices reach a much weaker energy level than professional devices, such as those offered by beauty salons.
Effective alternatives for the LED facial: long-lasting treatments in our munich practice
We are critical of the LED Facial – at least of light therapy for home use. The purchase of a good device can be expensive, you have to treat yourself regularly and permanently with it. Not everyone has the time or inclination to do this. And it is also questionable whether the results will be as you hope. The situation is different with the treatments in our private practice for dermatology and aesthetics in Munich. We offer a variety of therapies that are associated with long-term results. This often requires only one treatment cycle – which means that you do not have to permanently start your treatment over and over again.
Alternatives for LED facial with red light:
Anti-aging treatments in our practice in munich.
The red light used in LED therapy is primarily intended to stimulate collagen in order to reduce wrinkles. The so-called structural protein collagen has the task of forming a framework that stretches over the skin. In this way, it supports the skin and prevents wrinkles from forming. Over the years, the body reduces collagen production. As a result, the scaffold becomes more unstable and weaker. The skin loses tension, sinks more and more and wrinkles appear. Light therapy of the skin may help with mild findings, but not if the collagen deficiency is already pronounced. In this case we recommend the following treatments:
- Radiofrequency treatment Attiva
- Radio/ultrasound treatment BTL Exilis Elite™
- Laser treatment
- Innovative dermal filler Radiesse®
- Ultherapy ultrasound lifting
Blue light LED facial alternatives:
Anti-acne treatments in our munich practice.
As part of light therapy, blue LED light is said to have an anti-inflammatory effect and a positive impact on acne-plagued skin. For those who want it more intense and do not want to resort to the LED Facial three times a week, we can recommend various methods for improving blemished skin:
- Chemical peeling
- Noon fruit acid peeling
- Laser treatment with cosmeceuticals LASEMD
- Fractional CO2 laser treatment
Alternatives for LED facial with green light:
Anti-pigment spot treatments at our practice in munich, germany.
Green LED light is supposed to optimize the complexion and make it glow by reducing pigmentation spots and hyperpigmentation – but its effectiveness has not been scientifically proven. It’s different with the treatments we offer: They are tried and tested. Suitable for skin improvement and optimization are:
Skin improvement in your private practice for dermatology and aesthetics in munich
Would you like to do something to improve your skin, but don’t know which of the treatments described is best for you? We will be happy to advise you on which method will help best in your individual case. In some cases, it may also make sense to combine different therapies. In a detailed consultation, we will be happy to work out a personal treatment plan with you!
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