By Sarah Thomas on 23/10/2020
Light Therapy is a safe treatment that can be utilised in treating more than just skin diseases; it can also be used to treat depression, inflammation, cancer and skin rejuvenation.
Light therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in a combination with other facial treatments to optimise results. Depending on the types and wavelength of the light, light therapy can be used for a wide variety of diseases. During the 1980’s, light therapy was primarily used for treating skin conditions, however since then we have developed many different light types, including intense light therapy, intense pulsating light therapy (IPL), low level light therapy (LLIT). Many of the new light treatments replace laser technology and utilise different light colours and wavelengths to give more effective and targeted treatments to clients. The light is absorbed into the skin and depending on the wavelength (colour), this can induce a series of biological reactions in the skin.
Acne vulgaris is one of the most common skin conditions, that can affect both younger and older clients. Problems with the existing and more common place treatment options include antibiotic resistance and severe side effects. This has driven the development of new treatments, such as light therapy. Blue light causes the blood vessels to constrict, which can be used in the treatment of inflammatory and hormonal acne. The repeated use of IPL or low level light therapy can effectively reduce severity and frequency of acne breakouts.
Skin fibrosis or more commonly known as scar tissue, impacts approximately 100 million people globally. Red light stimulates cell activity through a series of biological and physiological reactions. Low level red light therapy can stimulate the cells to release nitric oxide which enlarges the blood vessels and increases blood circulation. This helps to stimulate the molecules to effectively rebuild and restore the skin. This technology is also used to help prevent and treat the appearance of wrinkles and tightens the skin.