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Red Light Therapy Pros and Cons

Whether you’re a skincare enthusiast or just starting your skincare journey, red light therapy could be the perfect addition to enhance your skincare routine. What...

Red Light Therapy Pros and Cons

Whether you’re a skincare enthusiast or just starting your skincare journey, red light therapy could be the perfect addition to enhance your skincare routine.

What Is Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy uses amber, red, and infrared LED light molecules to the surface layers of skin. This pain-free therapy goes beyond traditional skincare as it does not require serums or creams, but instead uses light-producing devices to create a reaction within the skin cells to transform skin from lackluster and dull to strong, radiant, and renewed.

Red light therapy has often been used in aesthetician and dermatologists office, but now is available in the form of cost-effective at-home devices. 

What Can Red Light Therapy Be Used for?

At home and in-office red light therapy has become a popular option for addressing redness, scars, fine lines, acne, and wrinkles due to the light's effect on collagen production and blood circulation in skin tissue. 

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

Red light therapy utilizes low-intensity light-emitting diodes (LEDs). It delivers red and near-infrared light into the body’s cells to support cell turnover and collagen production, which in turn produces new, fresh skin. Red light therapy is non-invasive and painless, making it a great option for those who don’t wish to use lasers, peels or needles.

What Are Some Pros of Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy comes with many potential benefits for your skin. Here are a few advantages you can expect from red light therapy. 

Painless and Non-Invasive Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that generally doesn’t cause adverse side effects when used appropriately. Red light therapy is safe and painless, and unlike other ablation-centered laser treatments, it doesn’t leave behind surface scars or incisions. So, you can treat the skin with red light and then go about your day with minimal down time!

At-Home Red Light Therapy

While offices offer medical-grade red light treatments, there are more accessible at-home treatment options available. Some include LED face masks and standing lightweight panels. 

We recommend the NuFACE Trinity® and Wrinkle Reducer, which features the award-winning Trinity Device to tone, lift, and contour your face with microcurrent. The LED Red Light therapy Wrinkle Reducer Attachment delivers red light therapy to help minimize the look of deep-set wrinkles.

For advanced treatment, consider the TRINITY+ and Wrinkle Reducer Attachment Set. With this set, you can experience the 3-Depth Technology of our TRINITY+ device, which can target different depths of the skin’s surface deep down to facial muscles. The collection also includes our Wrinkle Reducer Attachment so that you can enjoy the benefits of red light therapy at home.

Red Light Therapy for Smoother, Youthful-Looking Skin

Red light therapy can enhance skin health in several ways across all skin types and tones to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

    All of these benefits can lend themselves to more youthful-looking, radiant skin. 

    Red light therapy supports skin cell health against free radicals and helps maintain a healthy and balanced complexion.

    What Are Some Cons of Red Light Therapy?

    Though red light therapy can have many benefits, it may also have a few downsides in certain circumstances. Depending on your situation, here are a few potential disadvantages to be mindful of. 

    In-Office Procedures Can Be Expensive

    The costs can increase quickly if you seek in-office red light therapy procedures. Though these procedures can provide many benefits, they may not be accessible for those looking for a more affordable and accessible option.

    Instead, at-home red light therapy devices offer a more convenient means of experiencing the benefits — from the comfort of your home and at a lower cost.

    It May React With Certain Medications

    Certain medications may cause hyper-sensitivities to LED energy, making you more vulnerable to red light therapy. 

    It’s best to consult your doctor before trying red light therapy if you are taking medications and are concerned about negative interactions. Your doctor can confirm whether red light therapy is safe for you.

    Is Red Light Therapy Safe?

    Red light therapy is considered safe with minimal risk for adverse effects. 

    The most crucial factor to remember is how often you perform red light therapy and how long. You should always follow the instructions on any skincare devices you are using and listen to your dermatologist’s guidance carefully.

    The NuFACE Wrinkle Reducer Attachment is meant to be used on clean, dry skin, and you should hold the device in your target area until it beeps after three minutes. Because the device alerts you when the time is up, there is minimal risk of overtreatment. 

    If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to try any new skincare device or product on a small area of your skin first to see how it reacts. Your dermatologist can recommend ideal treatments for you. If you experience painful symptoms, stop treatments immediately and immediately consult a healthcare provider.

    The Bottom Line

    Red light therapy can help minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles and support overall skin health. This is the perfect treatment if you are seeking refreshed, youthful-looking skin.

    If you’re hoping to experience the benefits of red light therapy at home, NuFACE can help. The NuFACE Trinity and TRINITY+ Wrinkle Reducer Attachment brings the power of red light therapy to the comfort of your home painlessly, quickly, and with no downtime for smoother, more radiant skin!


    A Controlled Trial to Determine the Efficacy of Red and Near-Infrared Light Treatment in Patient Satisfaction, Reduction of Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Skin Roughness, and Intradermal Collagen Density Increase | NCBI

    Phototherapy with Light-Emitting Diodes | PMC

    Red Light Therapy: Benefits, Side Effects & Uses | Cleveland Clinic

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