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Red Light Therapy: All You Need to Know

Red light therapy (RLT) is a healing technique that uses low-level red light wavelengths to treat common skin conditions such as scars, persistent wounds, wrinkles, and other issues. It is also known as photobiomodulation, soft laser therapy, low-level light therapy, or low-power laser therapy.

Red light therapy can also be used as an antidote when treating ailments such as cancer. Tracking down cancerous cells is often difficult. Light therapy is combined with a tracking system to enable surgeons to target and get rid of cancerous cells with mesothelioma correctly. Unlike other light treatments, RLT doesn’t involve the use of lasers. Its operation is similar to a light bulb shining on your body.

Wavelengths will penetrate your skin to a depth of up to 10mm, but you won’t experience any pain or discomfort. Generally, various wavelengths affect your body differently, but when it comes to red light therapy, the most effective wavelengths are those between 630-670 and 810-880 nanometers.

How Red Light Therapy Works

Red light wavelengths disrupt the biochemical level of body cells by increasing mitochondrial function. Consequently, skin cells will produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the energy-carrying molecule in the cells. With more energy, human cells tend to function more effectively and rejuvenate quickly, thus repairing any damage.

Often, RLT gets confused with laser therapy and intense pulsed light therapy. Nonetheless, RLT is different because it doesn’t damage the skin surface or cause discomfort. Whereas pulsed light and laser therapies work by causing measured damage to the skin’s outer layer to induce tissue repair, RLT directly stimulates the regeneration of the skin. The wavelengths emitted by RLT do not penetrate beyond 10mm deep.

How RLT Improves Skin Health

It has been proven that RLT can be used to improve skin health. It does this by;

  • Promoting collagen production in the skin cells, thus increasing skin elasticity
  • Increasing the production of fibroblast. This is a biochemical compound that helps produce collagen and most tissue fibers
  • Improving blood circulation in the skin cells
  • Protecting skin cells from damage
  • Improving mRNA in skin cells, thus stimulating cell reproduction
  • Improving facial texture
  • Reducing the severity of wrinkles, thus improving the complexion of the skin.

Multiple studies have also established that RLT is a potential alternative for treating acne vulgaris. When red light penetrates deep into the skin, it disrupts the production of sebum, thus reducing skin inflammation and irritation. Similarly, red light can be used to speed up wound healing. It does this by stimulating the formation of new blood vessels, boosting the production of fibroblasts in the skin, and increasing collagen production. RLT also fades scars and stretch marks.

Light has incredible qualities and benefits you in ways that you could never imagine. Red light, in particular, has so much potential as far as the healing process of the human skin is concerned. Renoir is an innovative anti-aging device that harnesses red light for effective skin rejuvenation. The massage-like stimulations of the machine help to oxygenate the skin, thus giving you that flawless look that you’ve always desired.