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Everything You Need to Know About Phototherapy

August 24, 2018

Can resting under a light really do something for your skin? Well, if you think about the damage that sunlight causes to the skin, or the powerful results that we get from concentrated light in lasers, then the answer is yes, certain types of light do have the ability to affect change in your skin, but it has to be the right kind of light.

Phototherapy, also known as Photodynamic therapy or LED light therapy, was originally developed to help medical patients in the healing of wounds and post-surgical scars. The discovery that it also reduces acne, clears the complexion and helps the skin produce a beautiful, healthy glow was serendipitous. Interest from the beauty industry followed fast.

Originally, some forms of phototherapy used narrowband ultraviolet B (UVB), but it was discovered that extended use could cause minor damage and even ageing in the long-run. If you’re interested in phototherapy, it is best to go with a form of light-emitting diode (LED) therapy that does not involve any UV.

LED therapy lights emit wavelengths of red, blue and white light. Each wavelength has a different benefit, but essentially, your cells absorb and convert the light into energy, which stimulates the fibroblast cells (i.e. the cells that produce collagen and elastin).

Red light is best for stimulating collagen and elastin. It is used for treating concerns with texture and tone.

Blue light is most effective at fighting acne. Acne bacteria release organic compounds known as porphyrins. Blue light causes free radical damage to the porphyrins which, in turn, kills the bacteria that causes acne.

White light reduces inflammation, so it has both acne-fighting and healing benefits. It can also be absorbed by deeper layers of the skin.

At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia we use a combination of red, blue and white LED light for Phototherapy. We often recommend phototherapy for acne, but we’ll also treat our patients to a few minutes under the phototherapy light after certain Fraxel laser treatments or after PRP treatments because the phototherapy lights help to reduce post-treatment inflammation and to accelerate healing.

Phototherapy treatment can also be as soothing as it is healing. You can lie down on a bed in your own private room while we position the light above you. We give you small goggles to cover your eyes and leave you to rest. It is completely painless and some of our patients say they look forward to it as a time to relax and enjoy a quiet moment. Some even listen to quiet meditative music on their phones while they rest under the healing rays.

Are you interested in phototherapy, healing or acne treatments?

Come in for a free consultation to discuss your concerns and treatment choices.

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