How Safe Are At-Home LED Therapy Devices?

It’s the latest crave in acne and wrinkle treatments. At-home kits that use LED light therapy by exposing the skin to wavelengths of colored light in an attempt to clear up blemishes and wrinkles.

Photo rejuvenation or LED Light Therapy is the use of various colors of light emitting diodes (LEDs) that create an anti-aging effect on the skin. Exact wavelengths of light emitted from LED’s stimulate and energize cellular activity, which in turn creates collagen and elastin for Anti-Aging benefits. LED Light Therapy has become recognized as one of the safest, quickest, and most affordable ways to achieve younger-looking skin. It’s referred to by several different names including: Photo-Rejuvenation, Anti-aging LED Light Therapy, LED Light Therapy or Red/Yellow Light Therapy.

LED light therapy can alleviate or diminish a wide range of skin conditions, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne
  • Blemishes
  • Hypo-pigmentation
  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Irritated skin
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Scars
  • Cellulite
  • Pain

LED treatments have up until recently only been found in a dermatologist office or used by facialists. Recently, however, high profile celebs like Sienna Miller and Natalie Imbruglia have been using at-home treatments. If you were to visit a salon, it would cost you at least $100 per session, and would take more than six sessions to achieve the optimal results.

So is it worth it to put up a little money to buy your own kit at home? Are they really safe – and worth the money?

Dr. David McDaniel, who runs the Institute of Anti-Ageing Research in Virginia, suggests doing your homework before spending the big bucks, and don’t expect a miracle.

‘It is easy to make marketing claims and imply that results match up to clinic-based treatments,’ he says.

‘Unfortunately, these are common in the LED and home medical device arena. If you have particularly deep folds or cystic acne and scarring, it won’t be as responsive to LED light treatments — these will react better to fillers or lasers.’

But is it safe?

Yes, it is safe and completely non-invasive. It has been used for years in numerous medical procedures, medical spas, the offices of aestheticians and dermatologists, and by consumers around the world.

Is LED Light Therapy safe, even around sensitive areas like your eyes?

YES. LEDs are very bright and therefore it is NOT advisable to look or stare directly into the light. No studies have been found showing any harmful effects to the eyes when using our product correctly. Keep the eyes closed during use on the face or use the comfort goggles enclosed and the light will not cause damage to the eye.

Are there any side effects?

No. There have been no reported adverse side effects like redness or irritation from the treatment, and the light does not damage skin in any way.

What’s the difference between LED Light Therapy and Laser Treatments?

Unlike lasers, LED lights do not heat the patient’s tissue, so there is no discomfort during LED therapy. Also, LED skincare machines use light with a longer wavelength, which permeates deeper levels of tissue. And whereas lasers deliver a precise, pinpointed light, LED light can be applied to the entire body during a quick treatment.

LED’s help those cells which are injured damaged or diseased return to their original healthy nature.

Conditions LED light therapy does not help:

  • headache
  • muscle ache from working out
  • infection
  • scars
  • bunion reduction
  • reverse osteoarthritis bone deformation
  • any injury too deep or beneath bone like the brain

Is there any area I should not use the Light Therapy on?

Only if you have thyroid challenges simply cover the thyroid area for cautions sake with piece of gauze, or folded tissue when treating the neck. The thyroid is located under the “u” notch in the center of the collarbone. The thyroid is deep enough below the skin surface that it is not affected by light, but a cover is always advised particularly if you have thyroid concerns.

Who should NOT use LED Light Therapy?

Don’t use a LED unit during pregnancy, if you have epilepsy, or are taking light sensitive medications such as, but not limited to: Thiazides; Tetracyclines; Fluoroquinolones; Griseofulvin; Sulfonamides (to treat infections); Sulfonylureas (treat diabetes); Penothiazines (for emotional problems).

From researching many, many websites – and reading results from many different doctors, it appears that at-home LED Therapy Devices ARE safe! Use as directed, and you may see amazing results!

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