If you've invested in cosmetic dermatology services in the past, it's likely that you've heard about the benefits of light therapy for skin conditions like vitiligo and rosacea. Curious about how light therapy could help with your skin condition? Here's what you need to know about a few different types of light therapy.
Light therapy has made huge strides for skincare in recent years. From LED therapy to laser stretch mark removal, light therapy can be used to help improve a variety of skin conditions. In fact, light therapy has been used to improve skin texture and to treat enlarged oil glands. This, in turn, can help reduce the appearance of acne and even the occurrence of breakouts in some cases. This kind of treatment can also help contribute to a more even skin complexion and the reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Let's take a look at a few common light therapies and what kinds of conditions they can treat.
Laser treatments cover a wide variety of services from laser tattoo removal to laser hair removal. While treatments like laser hair removal are among the most popular, laser treatments can also help reduce the appearance of acne scarring and treat a number of skin cancers. One of the biggest advantages of laser treatments is their precision. Today's lasers are incredibly precise, which makes them excellent tools for treating hyper-specific areas and delicate skin.
LED (light emitting diodes) has been around for a long time, and it's been developed to the point where it's not used in a variety of cosmetic dermatology services. In fact, LED light therapy for vitiligo is a pretty common treatment option for vitiligo patients. In addition, LED therapy can be used to reduce signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. Of course, this is all possible because LED therapy is the gentlest form of light therapy available to patients. This also means that LED therapy sessions require no downtime, which is great if you're on a tight schedule. In addition, LED therapy can take the form of two different wavelengths: red and blue.
Blue light LED therapy is most often used to treat acne. Though red light LED therapy can help reduce inflammation, blue light helps shrink the skin's oil glands and kills a type of bacteria that is largely responsible for causing acne breakouts. Blue light can also be used to treat precancerous spots on the skin in combination with other topical or oral treatments. So if you notice any abnormal spots on your skin, talk to your dermatologist about a skin cancer screening and the possibility of blue light treatment.
Red light LED therapy can be used to aid in anti-aging treatment and to reduce skin inflammation. This means it's a great option for treating skin conditions like rosacea and even acne in some cases. Red light can also help stimulate new hair growth in patients living with alopecia. This type of LED therapy works by stimulating the production of collagen in the skin during treatment sessions.
Light therapies can help treat a wide variety of skin conditions. If you're curious about how light therapy could help you treat your skin condition, set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today.