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Is Light Therapy What You Need to Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles?

In our teens, most of us didn’t think twice about the importance of good skincare and face creams, but as we age and start to see faint lines under our eyes, we come to realize that we only have one skin, and we need to take good care of it! It’s for this reason that so many of us are in search of the best “anti-aging” solutions, which can help fight wrinkles and fine lines, and it turns out that light therapy may be just what we need.

Aestheticians and dermatologists have been shedding light (get it) on LED, or light-emitting diode therapy, which uses different wavelengths of natural light, including red and blue, into your skin, Healthline reports. The treatment can be used for a number of skin concerns, from anti-aging (the red light) to acne (the blue light).

Light therapy is generally safe for all skin colors and types and has many potential benefits. For example, when a patient undergoes red light therapy (RLT), it can boost circulation, as well as stimulate the production of collagen, elastin, and fibroblasts, Glamour reports.

So, is it the anti-aging treatment we have all been looking for? Glamour spoke to Dr. Angela Lamb about this, and she explained: “Science shows that red light therapy protects existing collagen and boosts new production. Plus it helps with texture, tone, pore size, and wrinkles.” The publication notes that other benefits include wound-healing, as indicated by a 2014 study, muscle repair and recovery, and several skin issues.

You should also know that these skin treatments do not contain ultraviolet lights (the lights that cause skin cancer), making them safe, plus they are non-evasive. When undergoing a professional treatment, most procedures last 20 minutes, with follow up sessions every week for around 10 weeks or a couple of months, Healthline reports. Of course, there are some people who may be sensitive to light therapy, and those who are on medication for acne (like Accutane) should not book appointments. Healthline also notes that while side effects are rare, some people may experience redness, inflammation, and rashes.

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