A little ray of light – treating skin with LED

Photo Therapy in action

We are now beginning to see so many great results with the new generation of Light based therapies to use in clinic treatments. My personal favourite is LED – Light Emitting Diode.

This is an effective skin rejuvenation treatment used in most clinics and a great treatment modality to improve a damaged skin. I love this modality and always find my clients skin responds so well when incorporated into treatments.

So, how does it work?

LED is either a monochromatic (single colour) or polychromatic (multi colour) treatment that targets cells with varying wavelengths and intensities of light that create natural biochemical reactions within cells.

There are remarkable results using Red LED – 633nm wavelength on aged and photo damaged skin with the light targeting the cells mitochondria, increasing collagen and elastin and enhancing the skins supportive matrix. While Infra Red 830nm targets stimulation of skin volume by increasing the energy inside cells which in turn will speed healing processes, create a toned and firming effect and increased cell growth.

One particular split face study has shown clinical efficacy of LED phototherapy in treating skin rejuvenation. Seventy Six patients with wrinkles were treated on the right side of their face and were treated with 830nm and 633nm twice a week for four weeks. The outcome showed significant reductions of wrinkles, increase in elasticity, highly activated fibroblasts surrounded by elastic and collagen fibres and the study therefore concluded that 830 and 633nm LED phototherapy is an effective approach for skin rejuvenation. (J Photochem Photobiol B 2007)

What a great non invasive way to reach the skins cells and enhance your clinic treatments. LED uses different coloured wavelengths depending on the skin condition targeted. As the skin absorbs each colour differently, the benefits will be unique with each colour:

InfraRed: combats the signs of ageing, and increases healing

RED: Rejuvenation, stimulates collagen, increases circulation

ORANGE:  skin revitalizer

YELLOW: reduces the appearance of redness and inflammation.

GREEN: calming, and may lighten hyper pigmentation

BLUE: powerful anti bacterial properties. Kills the p acnes bacteria in an acne skin, and soothes inflammation – my favourite for an acne skin

A combination of these colours will give the best results in treatments.

One of the best LED devices I have seen is the Max+, manufactured in Canada, this device has a rotating arm that moves the light over the treatment area, maximising the absorption of the varying lights into the skins cells.

MLT Co Founder, Jennifer Brodeur explains: A more effective LED system should use photomodulation – where the cells are stimulated then in a rested state almost like an on off system. This creates an intercellular response and thus starts the cascading effect. To shy away form blinking lights which are known to cause migraines and anxiety we opted for the mechanical arm to create the photomodulation in an almost hypnotic manner.

I love using LED in my skin treatments and will incorporate it with all treatments for maximum results. When used with home care prescriptives, my clients see results within weeks of treatments.

If you are wanting to improve the results of your clinic treatments or if you are a client and wanting to see faster clinic results, insist your therapist used LED in your next treatment, you won’t regret it.

(This post is not sponsored by Max LED Technologies, it is my personal opinion) For further information on this great device, visit their website; http://www.maxledtechnologies.com


2 thoughts on “A little ray of light – treating skin with LED

  1. gosh – thanks Donna for explaining this so well for me.

    I would love to have one of these treatments (or more).
    I have never had this style of treatment and I’m certainly ready..
    have a lovely day

    x Loulou

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