The Future of Beauty - LED FACE MASK
by Charisse Perca Mendoza
Say hello to LED Face Mask which caters to promise for a glowing skin complexion.
Here's what you need to know:
1. LED Face Mask are safe
“These devices have been around for decades and are generally used by dermatologists or aestheticians in an in-office setting to treat inflammation after facials, minimize breakouts, and give skin an overall boost,” says Sheel Desai Solomon, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Today, you can purchase these devices and use them at home.
2. Benefits of LED Face Mask
Each mask employs a different spectrum of light wavelengths that penetrate skin to trigger changes within skin at the molecular level, says Michele Farber, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City.
Each spectrum of light produces a different color to target various skin concerns.
For instance, red light is designed to increase circulation and stimulate collagen, making it useful for those who are looking to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, she explains. A loss of collagen, which tends to happen in aging and sun-damaged skin, can contribute to fine lines and wrinkles, past research in The American Journal of Pathologyshows.
On the other hand, blue light targets bacteria that cause acne, which can help stop the cycle of breakouts, notes research in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in June 2017. Those are the two most common and popular colors used, but other masks on the market use additional lights, such as yellow (to reduce redness) and green (to lessen pigmentation).
3. Do LED Face Mask Work?
Research shows that blue light penetrates skin’s hair follicles and pores. “Bacteria can be very susceptible to the blue light spectrum. It stops their metabolism and kills them,” says Solomon. This is advantageous for preventing future breakouts. “Unlike topical treatments that work to ease inflammation and bacteria on the surface of the skin, light treatment eliminates the acne-causing bacteria in the skin before it begins to feed on the oil glands, causing redness and inflammation,” she adds. Because red light reduces inflammation, it also may be used in combination with blue light to address acne.