Light Therapy & Vitiligo

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Vitiligo is a disease best known for causing the loss of pigment melanin in patches on the body. Melanin is charged with providing our skin with its color. Vitiligo will as a consequence be more noticeable on individuals with darker skin, leaving lighter-to-white patches in common places such as the face or hands.

While vitiligo has been extensively studied in scientific settings for years, there are still few tried-and-true methods for treating the issue. Some scientific studies conflate Vitiligo with our body’s immune system, though studies are still being undertaken to this date.  Our current understanding of Vitiligo revolves around white blood cells attacking melanin by mistake.

While vitiligo is a largely superficial condition, the impact that it can have on our self-esteem and confidence can be damning. As a result, individuals with vitiligo are increasingly turning to Light Therapy solutions to address their condition.

Addressing Vitiligo Through Light Therapy

Also known as phototherapy, light therapy is an older form of skincare technology engineered to address topical skin conditions. Light therapy is a massive umbrella that encompasses many forms of treatment, and it is important to hire a professional to manage the treatment for you.

Our understanding of Vitiligo revolves around the lack of pigmentation found in the skin. These white patches can manifest all over the body, with mild cases typically manifesting on the face and hands. With that being said, generalized and universal vitiligo can impact every surface of the skin.

Lightwave Therapy: Treatment That Works

Targeted treatment applications have been developed time and again for the purpose of bettering the symptoms of Vitiligo. While there are many potential remedies on the market, few promise to address vitiligo as completely as Light Therapy.

The goal of Lightwave Therapy treatment is to instigate the body’s natural production of melanin through targeted application under the guidance of a professional technician.

Here are a few benefits to utilizing Lightwave Therapy:

  • Gentle and Natural Procedure
  • Incorporates Red & Infrared Light to Stimulate at Cellular Level
  • Non-Invasive Treatment With Minimal Risks
  • Considered Pleasant and Relaxing by Patients

LED light therapy first rose to the forefront of our consciousness in 1903 under the auspices of Niels Finsen, recipient of the Nobel Prize of Medicine for that year.  Heavy research would commence up until 1960 when a breakthrough would lead to LED Therapy being used throughout Eastern Europe.

When booking a Lightwave Therapy session, understand that sessions may vary based upon specific skincare needs. Individual LIGHTWAVE THERAPY treatment sessions last half of an hour with marginal time set aside for pre and post-care.

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How Light Therapy Can Help Aging and Damaged Skin

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The skin care community is constantly making advancements in the products they use to help individuals fight the visible effects of aging and reverse damages to the skin from sun exposure and more, which can speed up the aging process. Light therapy is one of the latest advances to use the power of light to help you achieve the younger look you want. This aesthetic therapy promotes health and healing in the skin so you can stay looking younger.

How Does Light Therapy Work?

Light therapy uses photostimulation to apply pure, beneficial red or infra-red light directly to the skin, using a low powered LED light. It won’t damage the skin or cause a thermal increase, like laser therapy and intense pulsed light. Your skin cells convert this light, which falls outside the damaging UV spectrum, into cellular energy your skin can use to heal faster and more effectively. This energy stimulates collagen and elastin production, increases blood flow, improves cellular nutrient intake and removes excess fluids and waste from the cells themselves. Treatments typically take around 20 minutes and are non-invasive.

Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy is primarily responsible for boosting collagen and elastin production in your skin cells to revitalized aging skin, greatly reducing fine lines and wrinkles that can make you look older. This process is completed by improving hydration in the cells, stimulating blood flow to the treated area and removing toxins that may be trapped between the layers of your skin. It naturally improves the skin’s tone and texture for younger, healthier looking skin. It has also been found to repair problems areas like sun spots and other sun damage that can have an aging effect on the skin. In addition, red light therapy stimulates lymphatic drainage to restore skin tone and give you a more youthful appearance.

Infra-Red Light Therapy

Infra-red light therapy is a more intense treatment, though it is still safe and doesn’t damage the skin. This treatment goes deeper into the skin, providing you with additional healing elements that can help reverse the signs of aging. It increases cell permeability, which stimulates cellular pH equilibrium, improves nutrient absorption and eliminates waste byproducts. It reduces inflammation and promotes better healing.

Infuse Your Skin with Nutrients

In order to maximize the positive effects of light therapy for your skin, many offices use the treatment in combination with a topical ointment to infuse your skin with the nutrients it needs to fight the signs of aging. The skin’s primary job is to protect the organs in your body from the outside elements, but as a barrier, it can often be its own worst enemy when it comes to getting the proper nutrients. Using over-the-counter skin care ointments and other treatments often sit on the surface of the skin and don’t permeate deep enough to have a lasting effect. While the surface of your skin may be smoother and younger-looking, the layers deeper down don’t see the same benefits. However, when using the right topical treatment in conjunction with light therapy, you introduce these same beneficial ingredients deeper into the skin for a better overall effect. Even ingredients with larger molecule sizes effectively reach the deeper layers so you can enjoy younger looking skin for longer.

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How Light Therapy Can Help Repair Sun-Damaged Skin

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While basking in the sun at the pool, beach or deck is a lot of fun, over time your skin may get damaged from the sun. Fun in the sun is no longer “fun” when that happens. Not only do you have to be concerned about aging faster, too much sunning can cause harm like skin cancer. The good news that there are ways to repair sun-damaged skin, such as sunspots and wrinkles. And there are preventative measures that you can take to minimize sun damage.

Kinds of Sun Damage

Radiation from too much exposure to UV light is what causes sun damage. The suntan that you actually get is your skin’s way to protect you from radiation. Your skin produces more melanin to reflect the UV light instead of absorbing it. Sunburn, wrinkles, sun spots, melasma and Actinic Keratosis (AK) can all be the result of too much UV light. Sunburn is a reaction to damaged DNA. It will cause peeling and redness. Too much UV light also breaks down the collagen and elastin in your skin. This is what causes wrinkles. Too much UV exposure also can cause dark spots on your skin. And when your tan starts to fade in the winter, those sunspots don’t. They will be noticeable. An overproduction of melanin is what happens with too much sun also. It’s called melasma and there can be gray or brown patches on your skin. AK appears as crusty and scaly patches on your skin due to too much sun exposure.

The Good News: Light Therapy Repairs Sun Damage

Light therapy is a treatment that uses specific wavelengths of near-infrared light. This treatment activates the body’s healing process for the skin. It’s been used effectively for scarring, sun spots, sun damage and wound healing. Light therapy ramps up the body’s production of elastin and collagen. Plus, it increases the immune response to clear damaged skin cells. More collagen helps improve the look of wrinkles and fine lines. It also helps maintain your existing collagen. This treatment can be used to remove AK patches, too.

Prevent Sun Damaged Skin

Without a doubt, UV radiation makes the skin age faster and you’ll look older from too much of it. There are steps you can take to prevent sun-damaged looking skin. Be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF whenever you’re outdoors. This will give you protection from damaging UV radiation. Today, you can even find moisturizers and facial creams with SPF. In addition, be sure to reapply it appropriately. With a 30 SPF sunscreen, you need to apply it every 30 minutes. With a 50 SPF sunscreen, you need to apply it every 50 minutes. The number of SPF determines the time frame for reapplication. And always be sure to wear protective clothing, especially if you have sun spots or melasma.

With the Envy Light Capsule, sun damage doesn’t have to be permanent. It’s an effective treatment for sun-damaged skin.


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