Frequently asked questions
What are the benefits of LED Therapy?
▪ Prevents, repairs and maintains ageing skins
▪ Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
▪ Boosts collagen and elastin production
▪ Improves skin tone and texture
▪ Aids cell detoxification, helping in the prevention and treatment of glycation
▪ Increases blood circulation and lymphatic drainage in the target area
▪ Improves lasting hydration in the skin
▪ Treats active acne, dermatitis, rosacea and psoriasis
▪ Strengthens the skin
▪ Prepares the skin pre and post UV exposure
▪ Powerful healing treatment, whilst reducing the potential of scarring
▪ Calms the melanocytes and improves pigmentation
What skin conditions can LED Therapy treat?
LED light therapy is excellent for treating:
▪ Extreme Skin Sensitivity
How does LED Therapy work?
LED photo technology activates cellular metabolism and energy, assisting the production of collagen and elastin synthesis by increasing ATP synthesis and metabolising the fibroblast cells.
Photo-modulation emulates photosynthesis in human skin cells, using the cell’s own cytochromes to build new proteins just as plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into structural building blocks.
Low wattage light is directed through the skin’s epidermis and aimed at fibroblast cells, which produce collagen and elastin. The light stimulates the cell’s own energy transport system, therefore helping to stimulate and renew the skin.
What do the colours of LED Light Therapy do?
RED: Anti-ageing, stimulates collagen, reduces fine lines, scar reduction and, rejuvenates skin.
YELLOW: Tightens and tones, detoxifies and stimulates the sensory motor nervous system.
BLUE: Treats acne, antibacterial, regulates oil glands
VIOLET: Cell rejuvenation, increases cell regeneration and renewal.
GREEN: Calms red skin, broken red capillaries, anti-inflammatory, Rosacea, traumatized skin (sunburn), aid in fading pigmentation and uneven skin colour
What are the contraindications of LED Light Therapy?
LED is completely harmless!
In the 20 years that LED has been used in the medical and beauty industry, there have been no reported incidents of adverse reactions or damage caused by LED therapy.
However, if you are taking medication that increases light sensitivity there may be a temporary, slight reaction. However, these are to be flagged as a precaution not a contraindication.
LIGHT SENSITIVE MEDICATION - Medication that cause light sensitivity may potentially allow your body to absorb more light than normal. However, because LED therapy delivers non-harmful low-level light (as opposed to UV, for example), the only side effects would be a slightly red/flushed appearance to the skin, or possibly a rash. This is temporary and will go down after a few hours.
PERFUMES & ST JOHN’S WORT - May make the skin light sensitive but can be treated with caution. Clients can come with perfume on their skin, but they may get a little bit of temporary redness (this does not create long term damage).
ROACCUTANE MEDICATION - The doctor who has prescribed the drug should ask you not to use LED therapy until the course of treatment has been completed. It is important that this guidance is respected. However, most doctors have said that clients can start having LED therapy the day after stopping taking Roaccutane medication. This point shows again that there’s very little risk associated with mixing the medication with LED treatments.
TOPICAL ROACCUTANE – ISOTRETINOIN - This very strong retinol product can cause skin irritation, redness, burning, dry or peeling skin. You can still have the treatment, but if the skin is very red and raw, you may be asked to reduce the usage of the Isotretinoin, then introduce LED a few days later. It’s much better to use a topical product slowly, gaining results without causing vulnerability to the skin. If the application of Isotretinoin is reduced to every 2nd or 3rd night and LED is then introduced, good results will be gained without causing discomfort. It’s advisable for clients to refrain from using the cream the night before they have LED therapy.
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES - Generally, it is fine to treat clients with most forms of autoimmune disease. For example, some clients have rheumatoid arthritis or polymyalgia rheumatic but can still have LED treatment. An exception to this is if clients are suffering from lupus erythematous. In this case, permission from the client’s doctor before proceeding with treatment is needed. Lupus is the name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues. Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, and lungs.
PREGNANCY - This is a precaution as manufacturers never test equipment on pregnant woman. Our insurance does not cover the treatment of pregnant women.
BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS - Breast feeding is not a contraindication. However, for insurance purposes clients need to consult their GP or midwife and follow their recommendations.
What does LED Therapy do?
LED therapy enhances and maintains the results of any other aesthetic treatment that clients may be undergoing.
• The treatment rejuvenates and promotes skin health, enabling cells to accept and utilise skincare products more effectively and efficiently, ultimately meaning products last longer.
• LED therapy speeds up blood circulation and delivers oxygenated blood which boosts and nourishes the whole body, lowers stress hormones, reduces inflammation, boosting the immune system and ‘feel-good’ hormones.
• The device used is a medical piece of equipment used in hospitals and treats even the most vulnerable skins (burns patients, for example).
• The client will notice a glow to the skin, which will last 2-3 days. Reassure them that although immediate visible results are short-lived, even a single treatment is beneficial to the skin.
• There is a warmth to the treatment, but it is nurturing, not damaging heat. A visible yellow light moves across the light panel, acting in combination with the warming near-infrared light to create a soothing and meditative experience. Most clients fall asleep and/or find the treatment very restful.
• Ultimately, the treatment is very relaxing, pain free, and with no down-time. It can be used on all skin types and tones and it strengthens sensitive and vulnerable skin.