Red light therapy devices can be used to reduce wrinkles, visible signs of aging and even acne without the need to leave the comfort of your home, but are they too good to be true? It takes patience and persistence to get effects from red light therapy devices, and effects differ from individual to individual. However, many people do see temporary improvements to their skin, and red light therapy can also treat skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema and neonatal jaundice.
Red light therapy products use red LEDs to penetrate the skin, which boosts circulation and stimulates elastin and collagen production, which plumps and firms the skin. This creates a toning and de-aging effect that is subtle but lovely.
The LEDs in red light therapy devices won’t hurt your eyes, but it’s advised not to look at them directly during treatment for extended periods of time. Your skin is safe too. Unlike other treatments that may burn or cut skin, red light therapy is completely non invasive and doesn’t contain damaging UVA or UVB rays.
A few people have reported skin redness after treatments, but this is usually due to overuse or misuse of the product. Following the package instructions should easily prevent this minor side effect.
There’s also concern that red light therapy can agitate people prone to migraines or seizures, so it’s best to consult a doctor if you’re worried about either of these, or you live with someone who might be vulnerable.
Though red light skin therapy itself is one of the safest home facial treatment options out there, not all devices are cleared by the FDA, so it’s important to use discretion when shopping for the light therapy device that’s right for you.