There are many different products on the market to help improve and protect our skin. Dermatologists offer a wide range of treatments in order to repair or prevent damage. One of the newest techniques on the market is LED light therapy that can be used to treat everything from teenage acne to age spots.
Acne plagues 80% of the world’s population. If you are struggling with skin blemishes, you can take comfort in knowing you are far from the only one. There are many treatments available for acne, all with pros and cons. One of the newest treatment with the least side effects is Blu-U light treatment.
Blu-U treats acne by targeting the bacteria Propionobacterium. This bacteria can increase inflammation and help spread acne. Blu-U kills this bacteria with high intensity blue light. Each treatment session only takes about 15 minutes. It is completely pain free, and there are almost no side effects. The down side of Blu-U is that it is not a permanent solution. Patients will need to return for regular treatment in order to prevent the bacteria from coming back.
GentleWaves is another type of light therapy that aims to repair collagen damage, providing a more youthful look. It prevents collagen from breaking down while simultaneous stimulating your body’s production of collagen to replace what has already been lost. Exfoliation treatment before the light treatment is recommended, though not required. The actual light treatment portion of a GentleWaves session takes less than one minute.
GentleWaves treatments are progressive, so you will notice slight improvements after each session. Notable results usually occur after 3 to 5 treatments. Based on the desired results, most dermatologists recommend 8 to 10 treatments. You can have treatments as often as twice a week, though the typical program is based on treatments at a rate of one per week.
LED treatments are not as permanent as laser or plastic surgery, nor do they provide such dramatic results, but they are gentler and less expensive. Undergoing LED treatment is very relaxing, especially when combined with exfoliation beforehand, and does not carry any of the risks of burning associated with other skin treatments.
LED light poses no risk to eye damage, so it is perfectly safe to use on all areas of the face. It does not penetrate deeply into the skin either, so there is no danger of tissue damage. Temporary redness and swelling have been reported by some patients after treatment. Dryness has also been an issue. These symptoms are very mild and should go away by themselves after a few hours. If they do not, consult your dermatologist.
LED treatments are a safe and inexpensive way to treat minor skin damage. They do not have results to the same extent as other treatment options, but the risks are not so severe either.