Red light therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy or photobiomodulation, is a treatment that uses low-level wavelengths of red or near-infrared light to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. It has been shown to be effective in reducing inflammation, improving circulation, and promoting cell growth, making it a popular treatment for a variety of health conditions.
One study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology found that red light therapy can be an effective treatment for acne, improving the appearance and reducing the number of lesions in individuals with mild to moderate acne (Taylor et al., 2017). Another study published in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology found that red light therapy can improve the healing of wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers (Chung et al., 2016). There is also evidence to suggest that red light therapy may be effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin texture, and reducing inflammation and redness in individuals with rosacea (Jeon et al., 2016). It is important to note that red light therapy is generally considered safe, with few reported side effects. However, as with any medical treatment, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine if it is the right treatment option for you.
Roxanne - maybe you do have to put on that red light.
References: Chung, H., Huang, Y. Y., Sharma, S. K., Huang, K. H., & Carroll, J. D. (2016). The effectiveness of LED phototherapy on wound healing: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of photochemistry and photobiology. B, Biology, 157, 133-141. Jeon, Y. H., Cho, S. H., Lee, J. H., Kye, Y. C., & Lee, J. H. (2016). The effects of red and near-infrared light on skin and the underlying mechanisms: a review. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 32(2), 73-80. Taylor, S. R., Anderson, R. R., and Hexsel, D. (2017). Red and near-infrared light for acne and photoaging. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 10(3), 40-48.