How many joules? Which wavelengths? How many LED light bulbs? Red light? Blue light? Infrared light or all of them together? How much treatment time? What’s the treatment size area? What’s the head size? How long before I see results?
Maybe you’ve heard about how it can reduce wrinkles, plump, and tighten your skin. Maybe you’ve witnessed a friend successfully using it to relieve pain without medication, or a neighbor using it to get rid of acne.
But your enthusiasm disappears when you start stumbling upon all those techy details of LED light therapy devices.
I’m here to make things clearer, easier and faster for you, I hope I succeed. Here’s my complete LED light therapy buying guide:
LED Light Therapy Buying Guide
Red Light? Infrared Light? Blue? Amber?
Most LED light therapy devices offer one of more of these “types” of lights:
Red + Infrared light – goes the deepest into the skin, and will address the skin tone and clarity, as well as the deeper muscle and bone. They’re great for collagen and elastin production and skin healing (wounds, scars).
** Most home devices combine both red LED light therapy and infrared light therapy.
** Red light therapy will be less helpful for pigmentation than amber light.
Amber light – amber light penetrates less into the skin, and it better for skin pigmentation problems, such as sun damage. Do not expect amber devices to do much for collagen/elastin production, and tissue healing.
Blue light therapy – clinically proven to kill acne causing bacteria. Latest research claims that it’s best to combine blue light therapy with red light therapy, which speeds up the healing of the skin and diminishes acne scars.
Next, narrow down the choice by focusing on your goals.
For skin rejuvenation, anti-aging, wrinkle reduction, reducing redness, rosacea – choose a red + infrared + amber light therapy device (For example, the Baby Quasar Plus).
(Many users report that since the addition of amber lights to the Baby quasar, the results have intensified, including more firming, toning and wrinkle reduction).
For hyperpigmenation, skin tone, fine lines – make sure the device has amber light too (The Baby Quasar Plus has amber too).
For Acne – a device which combines both blue light and red light therapy, such as Baby Quasar Power Pack or the Sirius Aurora.
What to Look for in Your LED Light Therapy Device
1. Power Output – many companies give power output per entire device instead of unit of measure. Also they give power output per recommended treatment duration, not per unit of time. To compare apples to apples we need to speak in the same terms.
Note: The device should aim to deliver 4 – 9 joules per cm2 per treatment time. (Treatment time might vary, e.g. 30 seconds, 60 sec, 3 minutes, etc.)
2. Wavelengths – most LEDs devices operate in 600nm and 800nm. The right wavelength according to NASA ia about 660nm.
3. Number of LEDs – number of LEDs is less important than the power output, since the LEDs themselves vary from one another. Do not pay that much attention to the number of LEDs.
4. Treatment Time – longer treatment time per area indicates a less powerful device. Look for a short treatment time duration per treatment area.
5. Treatment Head – the bigger the device’s “head”, the less treatment time you’ll need, because you’ll cover a larger area per treatment. Baby Quasar MD has one of the biggest treatment heads.
If you need the device for pain relief (of joints, muscles, back pain – large areas), you may want to consider a device with panels, such as the popular DPL red light therapy system.
6. Country of Origin – USA made devices preferred to China made devices.
7. FDA Approval – FDA approval does not guarantee LED devices effectiveness. However, practically anyone can slap some LEDs together with an on/off switch and call it a therapy device.
Without FDA manufacturing controls one cannot be certain about the electrical safety of the device or the type and degree of radiation being put into the skin.
8. Warranty and Money Back Guarantee – each device offers a different warranty and returning policy. Both of these are important when you buy a LED light device.
If you buy through Amazon, you have their risk-free return policy. As for warranty, most devices offer at least 1 year warranty.
…And Finally – Does LED Light Therapy Work?
LED light therapy is not a magic pill and you won’t see results over night (except for pain relief – Which can be almost instant with infrared light therapy).
You have to use the device as the manufacturer recommends, for as much as it requires. You’ll probably see results after a few weeks of use.
If your goal is skin rejuvenation, the changes will be gradual and it will be hard for you to see them by checking your face in the mirror every day.
You’ll know this it works when your friends will notice a change, or just ask if you’ve dome something with your hair…
Do not be tempted to use the device more than recommended. Studies by NASA found that treatments done too often tend to “shock” the cells, not stimulate them. Over treatment may also cause drying of the skin.
Light Therapy Reviews Recommends
(You can also check out our Bestselling list, which lists our readers’ most popular choices of LED light therapy devices)
Since we tend to know what we’re talking about, allow us to recommend the top light therapy devices in 2014:
You can see a review comparing these two – Right Here.
For Acne – Baby Quasar Power Pack (blue + red light therapy), Lightstim acne and ANSR Beam.
LED light therapy treatment is non-abrasive, non-invasive, painless, and absolutely no downtime. It is safe for all skin type and all ages. And now you know how to choose the right device for you!
To your health and happiness,
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