If you’re reading this article, you’re probably someone who has been actively experimenting with different products for your skin and might be looking for an alternative solution to acne or scarring.
First of all, let’s address the big question: what exactly is acne?
In short, it starts to form when sebaceous glands on our skin become blocked by excess production of sebum (which our skin naturally produces). Acne then occurs when this excess sebum mixes with dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and forms a ‘blocked’ follicle which can then lead to the formation of whiteheads, blackheads, and in cases of inflammation, pimples and cysts. Several reasons have been found to have been associated with acne formation. It is widely known that puberty can kick-start the path for this major skin transformation, but our diet, genetics, lifestyle choices, or even skincare routine could be what’s triggering the continuous formation of acne even throughout our mid-20s.
We understand that acne is something that many people are conscious of and can affect one’s level of self-confidence and happiness with themselves. But hey! Whether it’s been something that you’ve been constantly battling against or whether you’ve been left with ‘battle scars’, we might just have the solution for you…
An alternative skincare method
Alright now, you’ve probably heard of those fancy facial treatments people go to once every month in which many have claimed that it does help clear and heal their skin. Clueless as to what LED light therapy actually is and how it differs from your usual lotions and serums? Let us give you a quick introduction!
What exactly is LED light therapy?
LED (Light Emitting Diode) light therapy is an innovative and non-invasive skincare treatment. It utilises specifically altered blue and red coloured wavelengths that can effectively (yet safely) pierce through the skin without causing burns or pain. The blue light is known to be most effective to address acne breakouts. It calms irritation and balances sebum production without drying out the skin. And as we’ve mentioned earlier, excess sebum production is one of the main reasons for acne! Though its anti-bacterial abilities fall short of blue light, red light can still calm the skin and potentially stimulate collagen production. Alongside its anti-inflammatory capabilities, it also promotes healing to decrease the visibility of old scarring.
Aren’t UV rays and LED lights similar?
Worried that LED light therapy might have the same effects of UV (ultra-violet) light? Don’t you worry! LED light therapy and UV lights have very different wavelengths, which then affect their ability to pierce the skin’s many layers. If you’re still unsure, we recommend consulting your dermatologist if you need further clarification before deciding to start this treatment.
How does it work to improve my skin?
LED therapy works by recharging the productivity of the cells within your skin. Your skin becomes more efficient at healing, repairing and detoxifying itself. The effects of this treatment are cumulative, and it can continue to benefit you for months after the treatment. Simply put, it ultimately targets the root of your skin problem instead of simply brushing the surface.
Whereabouts can I do this treatment?
LED light therapy is often conducted by professional dermatologists, in which you are required to book and attend several sessions before significant results. With the advancement of technology and product development, companies such as Dermatech have developed easy-to-use and on-the-go products like their ‘Personal LED’ that can be used within the comforts of your own home. However, like all beauty products, remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings closely before use!
Anything else you should be aware of
LED light therapy is a skin treatment, and we’ve all got various skin conditions and sensitivities. Though relatively safe and simple to conduct, one should always exercise caution and conduct your own research before deciding on this new venture. For example, it is not recommended for those taking Accutane to undergo this treatment as it might increase your skin’s sensitivity to lights. Nevertheless, always consult your doctor/dermatologist about your suitability and skin condition if you are unsure about how LED light therapy might work out for you.
If you’re someone who’s sick of choosing from endless shelves of skincare products and just wants long-term radiant and scar-free skin, we reckon LED light therapy is something that could provide you with just that! And with that, we wish you all the best in your skincare journey.