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Red light therapy 101: What the latest treatment on the block can do for your skin

Published on:17 July 2021, 11:30am IST
Red light therapy is believed to be beneficial in combating multiple skin issues ranging from fine lines and wrinkles to scars. Here’s everything you need to know!
Grace Bains
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Everything you need to know about red light therapy and its skin benefits! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Red light therapy is a technique that uses red light to manage skin issues, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and scars. From a historical standpoint, this technique was first used by scientists to help grow plants in space, where it was discovered that the intense light from red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) help promote the photosynthesis of plant cells.

How does this therapy work?

This therapy involves exposing the body to low wavelength red light. It uses low wavelength red light that penetrates into the skin so that it can be absorbed easily by skin cells. On absorption, skin cells produce adenosine triphosphate, an energy source for all cells. The boost in the energy helps the cells respond to skin damage and rejuvenate quickly.

The red light triggers a biochemical effect in skin cells, strengthening the mitochondria, which is the powerhouse of the cells. The advantage of this therapy is that it is unlike other laser pulse therapies, it does not cause damage to the skin surface.

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Red light therapy can heal damaged skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here’s how it can benefit your skin

This therapy helps rejuvenate the skin:

1. Boosts collagen and fibroblast production

This technique will activate your skin cells and increase collagen production, giving elasticity to your skin. Collagen is a protein responsible for healthy skin elasticity, and as you age, collagen breaks down, making it hard for your body to produce enough of it. Red light treatment also helps hydrate the skin and increase fibroblast production, synthesize collagen, and help tighten the skin and heal wounds. An increased fibroblast production can reduce skin inflammation as skin’s immunity against infections improves with increased fibroblast.

2. Protects from cell damage

The low wavelength red light stimulates the circulation of blood in the tissue cells. This helps protect the skin from damage as oxygen reaches the skin tissue, giving it the energy to regenerate dead or decaying cells. Good circulation also increases mRNA in skin cells, which helps fight bacteria and infection, and also improves facial texture.

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Red light therapy can ensure your skin cells stay healthy. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Provides a radiant and fresh look

As this technique strengthens the mitochondria, thereby boosting the energy levels of skin cells, issues such as fine lines and wrinkles become manageable. The skin rejuvenates as a result of this therapy and feels supple and fresh. Increased collagen production also helps moisturise the skin, and makes it easier to clean dirt and oil off the pores. This will prevent breakouts and acne, and improve complexion by providing an even skin tone. This therapy can also help reduce the damage done by UV rays and diminish the severity of scars or wounds.

So ladies, consult a medical practitioner and try this therapy for healthy and glowing skin.

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