Updated: Mar 10
Red LED light has been studied for use on the skin because it actually has the ability to penetrate the skin deeply. Read more...
AFTER FINDING SCAM WEBSITES USING MY NAME AND LIKENESS WITHOUT MY CONSENT TO SUPPORT ARTICLES AND POTENTIAL SALES FOR RED LIGHT DEVICES I AM STATING CLEARLY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY THAT I DO NOT RECOMMEND CONSUMERS PURCHASE AT-HOME RED LIGHT DEVICES.
RED LIGHT THERAPY IN A DERMATOLOGIST'S OFFICE WITH A MEDICAL-GRADE DEVICE HAS THE POTENTIAL FOR BENEFIT.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND AT-HOME RED LIGHT DEVICES FROM ANY BRAND GIVEN THE FRAUDULENT BUSINESS PRACTICES AND FAKE REVIEW SITES THAT THIS INDUSTRY HAS CREATED.
I HAVE NEVER GIVEN CONSENT TO USE MY IMAGE OR NAME FOR USE ON ANY WEBSITES PROMOTING RED-LIGHT DEVICES.
I AM NOT ON THE MEDICAL BOARD OF ANY RED LIGHT DEVICE COMPANY NOR REVIEW WEBSITES.
I HAVE NOT BEEN AN EXPERT REVIEWER FOR ANY ARTICLES ON RED LIGHT THERAPY ON A WEBSITE THAT CLAIMS THAT I AM.
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What does LED Red Light do to the skin?
Red LED light has been studied with medical-grade devices for use on the skin because it actually has the ability to penetrate the skin deeply. Some studies have shown that it can actually penetrate the skin up to 6mm. The wavelength for Red LED light is about 630 to 640 nm.
There are studies evaluating and showing red LED benefits when used as a medical-grade device (not at-home products) for acne, wound healing, hair regrowth, and anti-aging. It is believed to work by activating signaling pathways between cells.
It has not been shown to directly damage the DNA of cells the way that UV light does.
How often can we use LED red light therapy and why?
There is a wide variability amongst the types of LED red lights available making it difficult to give a blanket recommendation on frequency and duration of use. Generally, each device will provide safety guidelines based on the dose and power of LED red light, duration and frequency of use, and pattern of use - pulsed light versus continuous exposure.
On that note, what are your thoughts about using this tech at home daily?
At-home use of LED red light therapy on a daily basis is subject to the guidelines listed on the device used. Given the volume of variable devices available and fraudulent business practices in this industry, I do not recommend the use of at-home units.
How safe is at-home red light therapy? Any tips or guidance for using these devices safely?
If you choose to use an at-home red light therapy device, I recommend looking for devices that are FDA-cleared. LED red light devices that are intended to produce safe and effective results generally go through the FDA clearance process as likely class II devices. If this is not noted on the product you are considering, it is difficult to say if it has been subject to a third party evaluating its safety and may not have the efficacy you are seeking as well.
Do your homework before buying a light device and try to purchase from a known beauty retailer. These devices are simple to make cheap knockoffs for and there is a risk of either not seeing results or risking pigmentation. If this is a device you would like to consider, stick with reputable brands from reliable sources. Do not trust websites that claim that I am on their medical board or that I have reviewed their products. These are fraudulent claims.
What should one consider when shopping for an at-home red light therapy device and why?
Look for devices that specify the results you are seeking and offer a clear money-back guarantee within 30 days. Just seeking an LED red light tool and not recognizing that the guidelines for use may be for other conditions may give less than optimal results.
Look for devices that are practical and user-friendly for your use. I have had patients try the mask options and feel like their faces did not fit properly in them whereas others love them. If you think the 3-panel options are better for you, then this may be simpler to consider. However, if you are likely to have kids run in and out of the room while you are using it, it may not be ideal. They also take up some space. The wand options may have a learning curve to get consistent application of the light to the areas you plan to treat but are much easier to store.
What are your favorite LED red light therapy devices?
I do not recommend at-home LED red light therapy devices.