How it Works: Wavelengths of red light that may help improve skin’s barrier function by improving its ability to retain key elements. Skin needs to heal and generate new collagen after its production has slowed due to age or cumulative damage. Red light LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes, are also believed to target the skin’s oil glands to reduce cytokines, a class of pro-inflammatory substances believed to play a role in chronic acne.

Why you should consider it: May help reduce signs of aging, including wrinkles around the eyes; a better choice for those struggling with wrinkle. There are minimal risk of side effects, especially when used without light-activating chemicals (this is common when done by a medical or esthetics professional); no downtime.The cost can vary from $50-$200 or more per treatment, depending on the device and treatment protocol your esthetician prefers.


How it Works: Specific wavelengths of blue light target the strain of bacteria that plays a pivotal role in causing acne for many people. The light causes the development of oxygen radicals that kill P. acnes bacteria without damaging healthy skin.

Why you should consider it: Demonstrated effective in destroying levels of acne-causing bacteria; best for mild to moderate inflammatory acne; there are handheld devices you can use at home; reduced potential for side effects (such as dryness or peeling) that can occur with benzoyl peroxide or topical prescription products; a worthwhile option for those whose skin cannot tolerate topical disinfectants; pain-free, no downtime; safe to have done when pregnant or breastfeeding.

blue light therapy (LED) - acne