Skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and eczema can be problematic for patients who deal with them in their day to day lives. While there are many ways to diminish or treat these conditions, one of the most effective is light therapy. Some forms of light therapy also work cosmetically to improve skin overall appearance. There are three main wavelengths of light that are all highly effective for very different reasons.
Blue-violet light penetrates the skin to target sebaceous (oil) glands and damaged cells resulting in an even-toned, acne-free complexion. This therapy was first pioneered in Europe where a light sensitizing solution was applied to the skin and then exposed to blue light. These chemicals are absorbed into the skin and then react with the blue light wavelength creating reactive oxygen that destroys bacteria and any potentially cancerous skin cells.
Red light therapy is the healer of the light therapies. Red, low-light wavelengths are sent into the skin, naturally jump-starting tissue regeneration by increasing blood flow and collagen production. It has been proven useful for a wide range of healing and rejuvenating uses including anti-aging, hair loss prevention, and much more.
Visible red light penetrates the skin to a depth of about 8 to 10 mm. Once absorbed, the light energy converts to cellular energy, stimulating the body’s natural processes increasing circulation, collagen production, and reducing inflammation.
Yellow light is well known for its calming and rejuvenating benefits. It treats rosacea, soothes irritated skin, and stimulates red blood cells. Yellow light therapy is also sometimes referred to as amber or orange light therapy. It has a shallow skin penetration and is a great treatment for skin issues involving redness, such as spider veins. It is considered the ideal therapy for sensitive skin because of its calming effects.
If you are experiencing skin conditions such as vitiligo, eczema, or acne and would like to heal or diminish them, please contact Kwan Dermatology to schedule a consultation and find out if light therapy is a suitable treatment to reach your aesthetic goals.