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What is LED Light Therapy

Find the answer to the frequently asked LED Lights related question: What is LED Light Therapy?
Healing through light? Sounds like something from a science fiction movie, doesn't it? It's true, though! LED light therapy has been very instrumental in handling several health problems, including affective disorders, pain relief and skin care. Of these, skin care is the one which has shown the most promise.

LED Light Therapy and Skin Treatment

LED light therapy is mainly used for two prominent skin conditions: acne and conditions pertaining to aging (such as wrinkles). As these conditions are different for everybody, there are different methods that are used for different people with these issues. Acne first is addressed with what is known as blue light therapy. Using blue therapy, the bacteria responsible for acne are killed, and the acne itself quickly starts to vanish. After blue-light therapy, acne can be treated with red light, which in turn reduces any inflammation. Red-light therapy also helps keep a balance between sebum and oil production.

Red Light Therapy

In LED light therapy, red light is one of the most effective and healing lights. This is why it's used widely as an anti-aging treatment. Red light increases the body's collagen production. Collagen is the protein which gives the skin its firmness and elasticity. It also is responsible for creating new capillaries. Through red-light therapy, blood is able to better circulate through the body, flowing to body tissues and carrying essential nutrients that help repair the skin.

Also pertaining to anti-age therapy, LED light therapy helps to minimize the fine lines and wrinkles associated with growing older. It also minimizes age spots and skin discoloration. Some healthcare professionals are also using light therapy to fight skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis- and in some cases, to help relieve depression and improve the patient's sleeping patterns.

Light Therapy Equipment

Although the equipment used for LED light therapy was in the past used only by professionals, today, that same equipment is available for people to use at home. For instance, there are personal light therapy treatment devices. These are surprisingly affordable when compared to how much you'd spend at a dermatologist's office. However, it goes without saying that the equipment at the professional's office tends to be significantly more powerful. On the other hand, the personal light therapy units are intended to be safe for home use, even for those who use them on a daily basis.

Conditions Helped by LED Light Therapy

There are a host of conditions that are helped through LED light therapy. Some of these include:

• osteoarthritis
• burns and scrapes
• sports injuries to the ankle, shoulder, knee
• ulcers
• fibromyalgia pains
• macular degeneration
• prevention of bruises
• bunion pain
• tendinitis
• diabetic neuropathy
• myofascial pain
• recent nerve injury
• bursitis

In some cases, it also helps with bone healing, existing bruises, back pains, rosacea and poison ivy. You can find out more about how LED light therapy can help you by discussing the matter with your dermatologist. She'll be glad to shed some light on light therapy.