Anti-ageing and skin’s advantages from Red Light Therapy | Health
We are all aware that we see biological changes as we age – including wrinkles, sagging skin, large pores, scars and a loss of skin suppleness and these changes mostly happen when collagen formation decreases. Red light therapy treatment is a biostimulator that boosts collagen-producing cells’ growth and reproduction by generating cellular energy.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Ipshita Johri, MBBS, Dermatology and Aesthetic Consultant, Laser Specialist and Founder of Skinfinity Derma, shared, “Red light therapy promotes the growth and reproduction of fibroblast cells that are responsible for the production of collagen and elastin. Red light therapy is an anti-aging procedure that lessens wrinkles and other aging symptoms and your skin texture starts to appear firmer. It is also used for scar reduction, by lowering inflammation and promoting tissue regeneration.”
She explained, “When red light therapy reaches the dermis layers (deepest layer of your skin), it gives your cells a boost and stimulates blood flow in your skin, which aids collagen production and the skin’s detoxification process. Once these changes take place in the dermis layers, you will start to notice brightening effects, glowy skin that is more youthful-looking. Red light specifically targets your sebaceous glands, which are tiny ducts that secrete sebum (sebum is an oil that clogs pores and causes acne). The impact of the light helps to lessen inflammation within those sebaceous glands, which could treat your acne.”
Dr Mukesh Bhatia of Fortis Hospital, elaborated, “Low wavelength red light is used in red light therapy (RLT) to improve the appearance of your skin by fading scars, redness, wrinkles, and acne. It is also advertised as a treatment for other illnesses. Red light therapy may also go by the terms low-power laser therapy, soft laser therapy, or cold laser therapy. Photodynamic therapy uses red light therapy. In this therapy, a photosensitizer medication is activated using low-power red laser light. A chemical reaction caused by the contact kills cells. It is used to treat a few different skin disorders, such as warts, psoriasis, acne, and skin cancer.”
He highlighted that there are several common skin problems that red light therapy is marketed as a treatment for, including:
• Enhanced wound healing
• Minimize stretch marks
• Diminish age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines.
• Enhance the facial texture.
• Treat eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.
• Reduce scarring.
• Repair skin damaged by the sun.
• Treating acne; promoting hair growth in those with androgenic alopecia.
He added, “At least when used briefly and according to instructions, red light treatment seems to be risk-free and is not linked to any significant negative effects. In comparison to various topical skin treatments, this therapy is less harsh, non-invasive and harmful. RLT doesn’t use this kind of light, unlike the cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or tanning facilities.” According to him, it is used –
• To reduce the side effects of cancer chemotherapy, such as oral mucositis.
• To relieve pain and inflammation caused by ankle tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and knee osteoarthritis.
• To prevent the recurrence of cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus.