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Article: Can You Use LED Light Therapy With Other Treatments and Devices?

Can You Use LED Light Therapy With Other Treatments and Devices?
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Can You Use LED Light Therapy With Other Treatments and Devices?

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You’re looking to invest in a LED light therapy face mask, but you don’t want to overhaul your existing skincare routine - here's everything you need to know about seamlessly integrating LED with minimal effort, for maximum results.

What is LED Light Therapy?

LED light therapy is a science-backed therapeutic beauty technique that uses different wavelengths to deliver powerful skin benefits. LED light therapy has the power to supercharge your skincare routine and enhance the effectiveness of other skincare treatments. It is important to tread carefully when combining different skincare treatments and beauty techniques. Below we will take you through some of the best treatments to integrate with LED light therapy to boost results and discuss how to incorporate treatments to avoid any unwanted skin irritation.

How Does LED Light Therapy Work?

It depends on the color. For instance, red light stimulates the mitochondria to boost adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, providing essential energy for cellular activities. On the other hand, blue light targets acne at its source, preventing further breakouts. Near-infrared light, although invisible, shares similarities with red light but can penetrate deeper due to its longer wavelength, offering benefits like tissue and joint healing.

Can LED Light Therapy be Combined with Other Treatments?

Yes, LED light therapy devices are most effective when integrated into existing skincare routines and treatments. Whether you often frequent the salon for treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections or microdermabrasion, or whether your routine simply involves the use of topical skincare, there is a way to safely use LED light therapy.

Can I Use LED Light Therapy After Botox?

Yes, anti-wrinkle injections or botox can be safely combined with LED light therapy. Botox and red LED light therapy treat different layers of the skin, and pairing these treatments can greatly improve the effectiveness of both.

It is generally advised to wait 1-2 days after botox to use LED light therapy,  but be sure to ask your cosmetic injector during treatment as this could vary from clinic to clinic.

Some dermatologists like to follow up botox injections with a session of red LED light therapy to prevent any unwanted swelling and inflammation, but combining the treatments in this way is best done under medical supervision.

Can You Combine Microdermabrasion and LED Light Therapy Treatments?

You may be wondering, what is microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion technology is a powerful mechanical exfoliation treatment that not only removes dead skin cells but triggers full cell regeneration to reveal a fresh, bright and balanced complexion. You can safely combine microdermabrasion and LED light therapy sessions at home. Think of microdermabrasion as first removing any ‘blockages’ from the skin’s surface so LED light therapy can penetrate deeply taking full effect. These treatments will improve the absorption of key skincare ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides. 

Can I Combine Microneedling and LED Light Therapy?

Skin needling or microneedling, also known as ‘collagen induction therapy’ involves creating microwounds in the skin to trigger collagen synthesis for a firmer, more elastic and more youthful appearance. Microneedling is typically done in a salon under professional supervision, the more moderate but similar treatment dermarolling can be done from home.

Microneedlng and red light therapy can be safely combined to enhance results by further supporting the production of collagen and reducing redness and swelling. Microneedling creates microwounds, LED light therapy supports wound healing. 

As always, consult with your derm, but if you have noticeable swelling and bruising post-microneedling treatment, it is best to wait between 48 and 75 hours to introduce a light therapy treatment.

Can I Use LED Light Therapy After Fillers?

Dermal fillers are used to restore volume in the face as we age, to smooth wrinkles and improve overall facial appearance and symmetry. LED light therapy can be used as a post-dermal filler care option to prevent bruising, swelling and tissue damage. This is best done under medical supervision however, and individuals who have just had dermal-fillers should wait 2-3 days before using an at-home light therapy mask.

Can I Use LED Light Therapy with other Skincare Technology?

Yes, in fact it is encouraged. LED light therapy can be used with radio frequency, electroporation, EMS and ultrasound technology. In fact, many at-home devices such as Reva combine these therapies for maximum effectiveness.

When Should I Use LED Lights in my Skincare Routine?

For the best results, use LED light therapy on a freshly cleansed face. After your treatment session and follow up with your usual daily or night time routine. By day, always follow up with a high-quality SPF product.

What Other Skincare Products Enhance Light Therapy Results?

LED light therapy will enhance many of our existing skincare products, LED primes the skin for enhanced absorption means our actives work that bit harder. Our ultimate recs include vitamin C for brightening, retinol for anti-aging and acne and hyaluronic acid for an intense hydration boost post-treatment. Retinol should always be applied after treatment as it increases skin photosensitivity.

What Should You Not Use with LED Light Therapy?

Most treatments are considered very safe and effective when combined with red LED light therapy, any treatments that increase skin’s sensitivity to light - such as BHA, AHA and certain acne treatments should not be used after LED. If you are taking prescription acne treatment, always consult a doctor before integrating LED light therapy into your routine.

The Takeaway

LED light therapy is everywhere for a reason, reports are indicating one thing, it works! Many of us are still curious as to whether LED light therapy works with our existing treatments and rituals, and the beauty is, it can be safely integrated into our skin routine with little fuss.

Safely combine red light therapy with derma fillers, anti wrinkles injections, microdermabrasion, and existing skincare topicals. Retinol, AHA and BHA increase photosensitivity so never apply these before LED light therapy treatment. It may be advised to wait  2-3 hours after an intense salon treatment to begin your LED light therapy treatments. The power of LED in energizing skin cells to trigger collagen synthesis means it is not only compatible with other skin treatments, but actually enhances their effectiveness. 

Explore our full range of LED light therapy devices here and our skincare range here to build a powerful and effective skincare routine backed by science.

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  written by Sophie Flair

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