Red light therapy devices are popping up on the market daily, but many people are hesitant to use them for fear of suffering side effects or causing damage to their skin. Fortunately, however, light therapy devices, for the most part, are perfectly safe to use with little known side effects. There are different types of light therapy that fall under the LED spectrum, however, we’re going to talk about red light therapy in general.
Are There Side Effects That May Cause Concern?
Red light therapy device is seen as usually safe, fairly effective, and painless when used under the right circumstances. It is important to note, however, that in some rare instances, recipients of light therapy have reported burns or blisters from using the units. The burns were caused either by negligence as the users fell asleep underneath the unit, or the unit was faulty with broken wires and suffered some corrosion damage.
It is also important to consider that any kind of bright lighting may damage eyes. Though hardly as damaging as lasers, it’s important to wear proper eye protection when using any kind of light emitting therapy device.
Choosing The Right Device And Provider
Part of keeping yourself safe while using light therapy is selecting the right service provider or purchasing a highly-rated FDA-approved portable unit. For example, many tanning salons, beauty spas, and gyms offer light therapy sessions for those looking to have a professional present. However, many portable devices available on the market today are still fairly effective and safe to administer at home.
Portable units are ideal for spot treatments and when looking to combat the general signs of aging such as blemished skin, wrinkles or fine lines. On the other hand, for more serious skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea as well as ailments such as cancer or arthritis, seeking professional assistance is best.
The Final Verdict On Safety
The real pitfall of using LED light therapy technology is there are no set guidelines for how long to use for and how much light is required to achieve the desired results. However, as red light therapy is not as strong or penetrating as UV light, it does not carry any risk of developing cancer from long-term exposure.
Though much safer than other treatment options, it is well worth noting that it may take weeks or months to see any real results. At-home portable units are also safe to use as long as manufacturer instructions are followed, but they do not yield the same results as professional treatment.