What is LED Therapy?

This skin care treatment uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) of various colors, normally red or blue. It should not be confused with laser therapy. LEDs produce a low-powered glowing light, which is positioned to shine onto the face or other area being treated. No heat is produced by the LEDs, although it may include other sources of warmth to provide additional benefits. The skin benefits of different colors of LED light have been identified through a broad array of studies. The most often cited study is the Whelan study, published in 2001 by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which found that LED light helped speed up wound healing. Red light is most often used for general skin improvement and to reduce the visible signs of aging. Blue light has been shown to destroy acne bacteria. LED light may have beneficial effects on the skin’s natural supply of collagen and elastin, which are responsible for maintaining skin firmness and resilience. A series of regular treatments will provide the best results.

Who Can Benefit from LED Therapy?

LED therapy will benefit most people, although there are some medical conditions or other situations in which it is not advisable.

What Can I Expect During the Treatment?

The LED device will be positioned on your skin or up to a few inches away. Your eyes will be covered so that the light does not bother you. Relax and rest while the glow of the LEDs bathes your skin. Typically, no sensation is felt.