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Updated: May 19, 2022

Red light Therapy

Red light therapy (RLT) is a relatively new treatment that has shown promise in the treatment of wrinkles, redness, acne, scars, and other aging indicators. More clinical trials, according to several researchers, are needed to demonstrate its efficacy as a treatment. If you're interested in red light treatment, check with your doctor to see if it's an option for your skin problem.

What is RLT?

Red light therapy (RLT) is a treatment that allegedly improves the appearance of your skin by reducing wrinkles, scars, redness, and acne by using low wavelength red light. It's also said to help with a variety of other ailments.

To date, there is a lot of continuing research, tiny studies published, and a lot of discussion on the internet about the efficacy of red light therapy for various health conditions. Some studies have yielded promising results, but the entire efficacy of red light treatment has yet to be determined.

How did red light therapy evolve?

Red light therapy was first used by NASA to aid plant growth in space and then to help astronauts repair wounds. Earlier potential uses began to be studied, as with many other developments.

In fact, the use of red light therapy in photodynamic therapy is already extensively accepted in medicine. Low-power red laser light is utilized to activate a photosensitizer medication in this therapy. A chemical reaction occurs as a result of the encounter, and cells are destroyed. It's used to treat skin cancer, psoriasis, acne, warts, and other types of cancer, among other things.

RLT is now being studied (or is currently being used) to treat a wide range of illnesses. What's unclear — and contentious — is the treatment's efficacy for the purposes for which it is promoted.

How does red light therapy


Red light treatment is considered to function by affecting the mitochondria, the body's "power plant." Other cells can perform more efficiently with more energy, such as mending skin, stimulating new cell formation, and enhancing skin rejuvenation. Certain cells absorb light wavelengths and are motivated to operate as a result.

· Red light therapy may help with skin health in the following ways:

· Collagen is responsible for the structure, strength, and suppleness of the skin.

· Increase the production of fibroblasts, which are the cells that create collagen. Collagen is a protein that is found in connective tissue and is used to make skin.

· Increase the amount of blood flowing through the tissue.

· Inflammation in cells is reduced.

For what skin conditions is red light therapy being tried?

Red light therapy is recommended as a treatment for a variety of skin problems, including:

Improve the healing of wounds.

· Stretch marks should be minimized.

· Reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.

· Improve the texture of your skin.

· Psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema can all be improved.

· Reduce the appearance of scars.

· Improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin.

· Hair growth in persons with androgenic alopecia is improved.

· Acne can be improved.

Is red light therapy effective?

The majority of specialists believe they don't know if RLT is effective for all of its claimed applications. Most experts agree that the trials released so far show promise for some illnesses, but that additional research is needed. Red light therapy is a relatively new treatment that is gaining popularity. However, at this moment, there isn't enough proof to back up most of the claims.

A randomized, placebo-controlled trial is the gold standard for determining if a product is effective. This means that a group of persons with similar characteristics (age, weight, race, gender, etc.) is randomly assigned to receive either the study treatment or a placebo (false or "sham" treatment) for the same condition. A comparison to another regularly used treatment is also included in some studies. The emerging treatment's results can then be compared against no treatment (the placebo group) or to a "current standard" treatment.

Many of the reported RLT studies had a small sample size, didn't include a control group, weren't conducted in humans (animal studies) or were limited to cell tissue alone. The majority of researchers believe that the outcomes so far are promising, but that further high-quality studies with larger populations are needed.

Is it safe?

Red light treatment appears to be safe and has no known negative effects, at least when used for a short period of time and as advised. This treatment is safe, non-invasive, and gentler than certain topical skin treatments. RLT does not use ultraviolet (UV) light, which causes cancer when exposed to it in the sun or in tanning facilities.

However, if goods are overused — for example, if they are used too frequently or not according to instructions — your skin or eyes (if not covered) may be injured. The long-term safety of red light treatment devices is unknown at this time.

Seeing a doctor or a certified, professional cosmetic therapist is the safest option. A dermatologist can confirm your skin issue and discuss the benefits of red light therapy and other treatment alternatives.

What other medical uses is RLT used for?

Other potential medicinal applications being looked into are:

To lessen the negative effects of cancer treatment, such as oral mucositis.

· Ankle tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and osteoarthritis of the knee are all conditions that cause discomfort and irritation.

· Cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus should not recur.

· On the internet, there is a slew of different applications. There is no scientific evidence to support the use of red light therapy for weight loss, cancer, cellulite reduction, or mental health issues such as depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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