Each different light type stimulates a different response – which means every colour boasts different skincare benefits. Generally speaking LED light therapy “can help improve skin texture, reduce blemishes and hyperpigmentation, and even out skin tone,” as well as psoriasis and other side-effects of inflammation. Elsewhere, LED light therapy can simply help to improve the general appearance of your skin and reduce visible signs of ageing.
Do LED face masks really work?
Are LED face masks just a fad, or will they actually be worth your coin? You’ll be pleased to know there’s actually a plethora of clinical research which suggests that yes, they do work – particularly if you want to boost collagen production in a bid to give structure, strength and elasticity to your skin. Another study carried out in 2021, showed an improvement in atopic eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory skin condition) in both men and women after twelve weeks of phototherapy, while a small 2018 study found green light therapy to aid in fading melasma and hyperpigmentation.
What colour LED light do I need?
“The colour of the LED light to use depends on your specific skin concerns,” Dr. Jinah Yoo said.
- Blue light is the bacteria-fighting LED light. It triggers photochemical oxidation in order to kill bacteria living on the skin. This makes blue light an excellent choice for those with acne, eczema or rosacea.
- Red light stimulates our fibroblasts for cell renewal and ATP regeneration.
- Near-Infrared has no colour but it can be used to reduce inflammation and redness in the skin.
- Amber or yellow light is the least common in at-home devices, working to revitalise the skin, reduce swelling and boost your skin’s radiance.
Is it safe to use LED face masks everyday?
“It is generally safe to use an at-home LED face mask every day,” Dr. Lukian said, “but it’s recommended to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and not overuse it. Using it for up to 20 minutes a day, 3-5 times a week is a good starting point.”
The LED used in at-home devices is much weaker than what it would be in-salon, and actually, the devices often undergo much more rigorous testing because they need to be safe enough to use without the presence of a professional. Just never buy an LED face mask that hasn’t been FDA improved, “if you have sensitive skin or conditions like rosacea, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist before using one.”
“When using an LED face mask, it’s important to be consistent with the treatment, but not overuse it. You should also be patient, as it may take several weeks to see the full benefits. It’s also important to maintain healthy skincare habits, including a thorough skincare regime and hydrate using a face SPF daily.”
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