What's the Deal With Light Therapy Treatments, Anyway?

Light 'em up.

ByCaitlin M.

When beauty and technology meet, good things happen. Some of the hottest trends in skincare just happen to involve some pretty nifty devices. If you're still mystified by the wonders of LED light technology, let us break it down for you. We're spilling everything you need to know about at-home LED light therapy. Plus, see four products you can try yourself!

The scoop: For anyone who frequents the spa, you already know light therapy is nothing new. The concept of using LED (light-emitting diode) light to target specific skin concerns has been around for a while actually. (Derms and aestheticians have been praising the benefits of light for ages!) You'll likely see LED light therapy come in two forms: red and blue. (There are other lights such as green or yellow, but primarily, you're going to see red and blue!) Each light targets different concerns—red is geared at aging or inflamed skin, whereas blue is more for acne or blemish-prone skin. 

So how exactly does it work? In short, red light is able to stop inflammation triggers in their spot, making it ideal for rejuvenating skin. You'll see red light used a lot to help with rosacea, redness, and even fine lines. But, when used in co-ordination with bacteria-killing blue light, it's even more powerful! 

Why it's necessary: If you're really into tech and want to be proactive about anti-aging and stopping pimples in their tracks, light therapy might be a good option for you. It's definitely not necessary, but it's a fantastic supplement to an already well-curated skincare routine. Plus, the benefits of LED light therapy are quite impressive. Sure, it's not as immediately effective as lasers, but with diligent use (say a couple months), light therapy is very non-aggressive and can deliver results without scarring or any downtime. And, you can do it at home!

How to do it: This will differ depending on the treatment system you use, but typically, you use the device post cleansing daily on the affected area. The amount of time and specifics of use will differ per tool, so be sure to read the instructions before using.

Shop the trend:

ME Clear Anti-Blemish Device

me clear anti-blemish device

If you're looking for an easy way to enter into the LED light world, you can't beat ME's handheld device. With a timer that tells you just how long to keep the blue light on the affected area, you really can't mess up this acne fighter.

Truth Vitality Lux Renew with LED and Ultrasound

truth vitality lux renew

With both red and blue LED light and ultrasound technology, you can customize the anti-aging treatment that you want.

Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light

skin inc optimizer voyage tri-light

If you're looking for a more advanced option, the Tri-Light might be right for you. With red, blue, and amber (a.k.a. yellow) light settings, you can tackle anything from hyperpigmentation to acne. (Get more info here!)

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask

neutrogena light therapy acne mask

This drugstore buy just hit the market last fall and is already gaining some major attention. (Lena Dunham was just spotted wearing it!) With both red and blue lights in the mask, Neutrogena's 30-day mask is perfect for anyone fighting blemishes on a budget.

Have you tried LED light treatment? What are you favorite products to use? Let us know!