In-Clinic vs. At-Home LED Therapy: Any Difference?

If the COVID-19 pandemic has forced you to spend more time doing your own beauty treatments (without the help of a professional), you're not alone. Covid is forcing people to stay indoors longer, as a result, many things that are usually done outside the home are now being done indoors. This includes beauty treatments. People are starting to spend time at home by doing routine treatments, exploring new things, including substituting treatments at beauty clinics with treatments that can be done at home.


Beauty LED Masks are becoming all the rage. In addition to its practical functions, the technology offered also captivates the hearts of many people. But as the popularity of Beauty LED Masks increases, a question arises: Is this product safe for personal use at home and without professional supervision? Koizuma tried to go into this a little deeper, and hoped to come to a conclusion that could answer the questions of a million people

The Healing Power of Light

We hear very often about the detrimental effects of certain types of light on the skin; such as ultraviolet rays that can make skin dull or aging faster.
But what about light that can actually heal and regenerate skin? Enter light emitting diode (LED) therapy, a non-invasive treatment that utilizes different wavelengths to treat a wide array of aesthetic concerns and skin conditions on the face and body. Here, Koizuma break down everything you need to know about the versatile therapy that has both in-office and at-home applications.

 

What Is Light Therapy?

First developed by NASA to aid plant growth experiments in space, LED therapy has become known as a non-invasive healing and aesthetic treatment option for just about every skin type and skin tone. By using varying wavelengths, LED helps with anti-aging, acne, inflammation, and overall skin regeneration and health. Because it does not contain UV rays, it is considered safe for regular use and studies have not shown any adverse effects on the skin.

 

What Does Light Therapy Do?

LED therapy works by taking advantage of the skin's natural ability to metabolize light. The benefits are wide-reaching thanks to the different wavelengths employed. Below are the most common for aesthetic use:

  • Red Light: Also known as infrared light, red light is used to treat the epidermis, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation. The result? A healthier glow. 
  • Blue Light: Acne beware, blue light targets overactive sebaceous (oil) glands. In turn, you may see fewer breakouts. People often combine red and blue light in their treatments.
  • Yellow Light: Useful in treating chronic skin conditions, yellow light improves “overall redness” from rosacea, eczema, and broken blood vessels and capillaries.
  • Green Light: There are lots of wellness benefits to using green light therapy. It can be used as improvement in sleep and relief from pain, skin therapy, often in combination with other colors.

While LED therapy is best known for addressing facial skin concerns, it can also be used on the neck, chest, and body. Some offices have LED beds that can treat skin and wellbeing from head to toe.

 

In-Office LED Therapy Treatments

Side effects are minimal and rare with LED, though it is possible to experience increased inflammation, redness, rash, pain, or tenderness in the area of treatment. While LED can be classified as an acne treatment, it is not recommended for Accutane patients because the medication causes light sensitivity. 

People often wonder how long they can enjoy the skin-boosting benefits, results can last a few months, but continued use of LED therapy is recommended for maximum effect.

 

At-Home LED Therapy

As with any professional versus at-home treatment, in-office LED therapy is stronger than consumer versions — but that’s not to say it’s ineffective. At-home LED masks or wands usually require additional treatments, and there is one major benefit. The nice thing about the at-home treatments is people can use them at their convenience.

Most of the at-home LED therapy tools you’ll find on the market utilize red light, blue light, or a combination of the two. Some come in the form of masks that cover a larger treatment area (think: the whole face or chest), while others offer more targeted treatment. You can find the collection of LED therapy provided by Koizuma here.

 

TREATMENT & RESULTS

Consistency is key when it comes to enjoying the benefits of at-home treatments, and it’s best to follow the instructions that come with your specific device and consult with your provider to ensure the therapy is right for you. Most at-home LED tools will encourage regular use for a certain amount of time for initial results and then ongoing maintenance thereafter (check out what happened when our buyers used the Mask sold by Koizuma for a month).

For in-office treatments, professional usually recommend 10 treatments for 20 minutes about one week apart, but at-home devices usually come with instructions from the manufacturer. A lot of them recommend daily use for a few weeks, so follow the manufacturer guidelines. While it might take a bit more patience to see results, you can enjoy the same glow-inducing and breakout-reducing benefits you’d expect from professional LED therapy.