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Red light therapy (RLT) is a procedure that can improve your skin by reducing acne, redness, scars, and wrinkles. It does this through a low-wavelength red light.

So, can red light therapy work for you? And just what are some of its other benefits?

We know how frustrating it can be to deal with some of these skin issues, especially when it feels like nothing else is working.

There is a lot to be excited about with red light therapy, so today we’re sharing more about the treatment and how it can help you feel better in your skin.

What Is Red Light Therapy?

Let’s start with how red light therapy works. First of all, it’s not some miraculous treatment. It is regularly used to treat skin conditions like skin disorders, scars, and aging indications like wrinkles and age spots.

Contrary to some beliefs, red light therapy is not the same type of light used in tanning booths, it does not expose your skin to damaging UV rays and doesn’t hurt or burn.

Red Light Therapy for Acne

RLT has the potential to be an effective treatment for acne vulgaris, whether used alone or in conjunction with other therapies like blue light therapy. The light goes deep into the skin, influences sebum production, and lessens irritation and inflammation there.

Sebum, which the sebaceous glands generate, can clog pores and lead to acne. Overactive glands may be reduced by sunlight.

The problem that many individuals have with exposure to sunlight is that it also exposes them to ultraviolet (UV) A and UVB rays, which over time may result in additional skin problems. These can be serious and could lead to the development of skin cancer. In this way, red light therapy is a safer alternative for acne treatment.

Red Light Therapy For Skin Health

In addition to combating acne vulgaris, red light therapy can improve skin health. Though it is regularly studied, the following is a list of the promising ways in which RLT can help:

  • Improves the skin’s ability to produce collagen

  • Enhances fibroblast generation, which promotes the synthesis of collagen and other tissue fibers

  • Boosts the flow of blood via tissue cells

  • Defends cells

  • Increases mRNA levels in cells, which encourages cell stimulation

  • Improves facial texture

  • Minimizes size of pores

  • Lowers the degree of wrinkles

Other Benefits of Red Light Therapy

Improving Wound Recovery

According to research published in the Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia magazine, light therapy may help hasten the healing of wounds.

Lowering Inflammation

RLT is also believed to enhance skin’s collagen synthesis and skin’s beneficial fibroblasts while also encouraging the formation of new blood vessels.

Stimulating Hair Growth

A brief investigation into the impact of low-level light on alopecia sufferers was published in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. According to the study, those who had RLT had better hair density than those in the control group.

Reducing Pain

People who have specific conditions may find relief from discomfort using RLT.

According to a study in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, RLT can successfully treat adults with a variety of musculoskeletal diseases.

Side Effects of Red Light Therapy

RLT is an organic process. In contrast to UV light from the sun, it exposes the skin to levels of light that are not dangerous.

As a result, there is very little chance of experiencing negative effects after receiving RLT.

Still, a practitioner with inadequate training or a patient who receives too much of the treatment could harm tissue and cells. This is similar to the fact that the abuse of household products can result in burns, skin damage, or injury to unprotected eyes.

Contact Hourglass Body Contouring Spa For RLT

Curious to see how red light therapy could help with your skin? Want to book an appointment for yourself? Get in touch with Hourglass Body Contouring Spa today to speak with our team of medical professionals.