How can I best explain the function and likely results of LED light therapy for acne to my clients?

Understanding how acne affects the skin is the first step in selecting the best course of treatment for your clients. Traditionally, topical approaches have often relied on more aggressive methods, such as heat or high levels of acid formulations, to kill the bacteria that causes acne. However, acne, which often presents as red, irritated and dehydrated skin, is an inflammatory condition which these traditional methods can exacerbate, particularly in the early stages of treatment.

LED phototherapy is known for its regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties and, due to its healing benefits, the method is particularly effective for skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. The treatment delivers a skin-enhancing dose of light energy without causing trauma to the skin. Blue light at 415 namometres (nm) is a clinically proven treatment for acne that helps regulate oil production, improve skin clarity and prevent future breakouts.

Combining red light at 633nm and near-infrared light at 830nm offers excellent inflammationreducing results, improving hydration and accelerating healing to help inhibit pigmentation and scarring. The skin is calmed and more hydrated after just one session, with redness and irritation reduced, and visible improvements in the prevalence of acne can be seen in just a few sessions.

However, a course of 10 treatments in close succession is generally recommended for lasting results. LED phototherapy can also be combined with other therapies, such as advanced facial treatments and the application of skincare products, to enhance and accelerate the results. LED treatments are safe, simple and results-focused; suitable for all skin types and ages and without pain or downtime. 

Louise Taylor is of Aesthetic Technology, which manufactures the Dermalux LED phototherapy systems. She has been in the industry for more than 10 years and her experience, prior to joining Aesthetic Technology, includes establishing three aesthetic clinics in the north of England