Is Red Light Therapy The Holy Grail?

I’ve had my fair share of use with red light therapy devices years back when it was all the rage in social media as influencers showed off their healthier skin and glowing vibes with the consistent use of those home led-light masks.

Personally, I found that it helped reduce the appearance of blemishes, healed my active pimples faster, and even stimulated hair growth on my receding hairline. Up until now, it’s been consistent in my weekly skincare and wellness routine. Are you now wondering what the rave is all about?

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WHAT IS RED LIGHT THERAPY? 

Red light therapy (RLT) is a procedure that allegedly makes your skin seem better by reducing wrinkles, scars, redness, and acne. It does this by using low wavelength red light. It is also advertised as a treatment for other illnesses.

There is currently a great deal of ongoing research, the publication of tiny studies, and a great deal of discussion online about the efficacy of red light therapy for various medical conditions. Although some research’ findings are promising, red light therapy’s full potential is still unknown.

BENEFITS OF RED LIGHT THERAPY 

Red light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses red and near-infrared light to penetrate the skin, stimulate cell repair and rejuvenation, and promote healing. While the research on red light therapy is still evolving, some potential benefits include:

Improved skin health:

Red light therapy has been shown to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots in men’s skin. It may also help with acne, rosacea, and other skin conditions

Boosted testosterone levels:

According to a Men’s Health study, red light therapy may increase testosterone levels in men. The study showed a significant increase in testosterone levels after subjects received red light therapy on their testicles.

Pain relief

Red light therapy has been found to be effective in treating various types of pain, including chronic pain, back pain, and arthritis. It may also help reduce inflammation and swelling.

Improved muscle recovery

Red light therapy may help improve muscle recovery after exercise by reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the muscles.  This may help reduce muscle soreness and improve overall athletic performance.

It’s important to note that while red light therapy appears to be safe, it may not be suitable for everyone and should be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

HOW DOES RED LIGHT THERAPY WORK?

Red light treatment is supposed to function by influencing the mitochondria, which serve as the cells’ “power plant” in your body. Other cells can function more effectively with more energy by mending skin, promoting new cell formation, and improving skin renewal, for example. More specifically, some light wavelengths cause certain cells to absorb them and promote activity.

RED LIGHT THERAPY EFFECTS ON SKIN 

Red light therapy for skin health may be effective for:

  • Encourage the creation of collagen, which provides skin its suppleness, structure, and strength.
  • Boost fibroblast generation, which produces collagen. Skin is made of connective tissue, which contains collagen.
  • Boost the flow of blood to the tissue.
  • Reduce cellular inflammation.

RISKS TO USING RED-LIGHT THERAPY 

At least when used briefly and as instructed, red light treatment seems to be risk-free and has no known negative effects. In comparison to various topical skin treatments, this therapy is less harsh, non-invasive, and harmful. RLT doesn’t use this kind of light, unlike the cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or tanning facilities.

However, if items are misused—perhaps applied excessively or improperly—there is a possibility that your skin or eyes—if unprotected—could be harmed. Red light therapy devices’ long-term safety is not yet known.

The best course of action for you is to consult a dermatologist or a licenced, experienced cosmetic therapist. 

Additionally, more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits and limitations of red light therapy.

THOUGHTS ABOUT HOME RED-LIGHT THERAPY DEVICES? 

If you conduct an internet search, you will come across numerous red light therapy items. Although these products are often safe to use, they might have a lower wavelength frequency (i.e., be less potent) than those that dermatologists or other qualified skin professionals might employ. 

If you decide to buy a red light therapy device, be sure to cover your eyes, adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions, and take proper care of the equipment.

In addition to use in medical offices and at home using a purchased equipment, RLT may also be advertised in spas, salons, tanning beds, gyms, and wellness facilities. Be wary of the sources of your supplies and the locations of your medical care. 

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