Calming Skin Inflammation With The Power Of LED Light

LED light for treating inflammation and premature aging in the skin

It made sense to us that if you could calm inflammation, you could prevent premature aging in the skin.

It all began over 20 years ago when we began incorporating LED red light into our clinical skin treatments. Although the benefit was mostly theoretical at the time, we found red LED light to be effective at improving the clients overall skin quality, as well as reducing various issues associated with skin inflammation. Since we have always been very focused on the reduction of inflammation and supporting skin that functions well, this was a perfect fit.

We were extensively covered in a local newspaper article exploring this "new" treatment and the possibilities it held for the future of skin care and inflammatory disorders in particular. Local dermatologists brought in to balance the article, brushed off LED light as unproven and ineffective (although they now utilize it themselves).

Since that time, studies have been conducted to understand the mechanism behind the process. LED red light is now scientifically supported as an effective treatment for various skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. 

At Glow Luxe we offer in-clinic LED treatments as well as home LED options for between appointments.

Understanding Inflammation:

Inflammation is the body's natural response to injury, infection, or stimuli. While it serves as a defense mechanism to protect and repair damaged tissues, chronic inflammation can wreak havoc on our well-being. Prolonged inflammation has been linked to various conditions, including arthritis, dermatitis, muscle strains, and even chronic diseases like cardiovascular disorders and certain cancers. It's also strongly associated with premature aging.

The Role of LED Light Therapy:

LED light therapy, also known as photobiomodulation, utilizes specific wavelengths of light to stimulate cellular processes and promote healing within the skin and body. The application of LED light to the affected area or the entire body can help modulate inflammation by influencing various biological mechanisms.

  1. Enhanced Circulation and Oxygenation:

LED light therapy stimulates the production of nitric oxide, a vasodilator that promotes improved blood flow. Enhanced circulation ensures that oxygen and essential nutrients reach the inflamed tissues, aiding in their repair and rejuvenation. By facilitating oxygenation, LED light therapy helps mitigate swelling and pain associated with inflammation.

  1. Reduced Pro-inflammatory Mediators:

Scientific studies have shown that LED light therapy can help regulate the production of pro-inflammatory mediators, such as cytokines and chemokines. By downregulating these molecules, LED light can dampen the inflammatory response and alleviate associated symptoms.

  1. Stimulation of Cellular Repair:

LED light therapy promotes the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy currency of cells. This increase in ATP production fuels cellular metabolism, facilitating faster tissue regeneration and repair. By accelerating the healing process, LED light therapy reduces inflammation and promotes overall well-being.

  1. Immune System Modulation:

An overactive or imbalanced immune system can contribute to chronic inflammation. LED light therapy has been found to regulate immune responses by modulating the activity of immune cells, such as macrophages and lymphocytes. This modulation helps restore immune balance, thereby reducing chronic inflammation.

  1. Analgesic Effects:

LED light therapy exhibits analgesic (pain-relieving) properties by stimulating the release of endorphins—natural pain-relieving substances—in the body. By relieving pain associated with inflammation, LED light therapy improves comfort and quality of life for individuals suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions.

We've also found LED light to be helpful in minimizing the effects of seasonal affective disorder due to lack of sunlight.

Practical Applications of LED Light Therapy:

LED light therapy can be administered through various methods, including handheld devices, light panels, and specialized treatment beds. Depending on the specific condition and desired outcome, different wavelengths of light are employed.

For example, red and near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths have been extensively studied for their anti-inflammatory effects. Red light (around 630-660nm, used in skin care) penetrates superficially and can help reduce skin inflammation, while NIR light (around 800-1000nm used in physiotherapy) can penetrate deeper into tissues, making it suitable for addressing inflammation in joints and muscles.


LED light therapy offers a non-invasive, safe, and effective approach to prevent and calm inflammation.

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Studies that support use of LED red light therapy.....

    • Study on Red LED Light Therapy for Rosacea: A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy examined the effects of red LED light therapy on patients with rosacea. The participants received red LED light treatments twice a week for four weeks. The study found a significant reduction in facial redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels. Moreover, the participants reported improvements in skin texture and overall satisfaction with the treatment.
    • Study on Combination Therapy: Another study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment evaluated the efficacy of a combination therapy that included red LED light therapy for rosacea. The participants received a combination of topical medications and red LED light therapy twice a week for four weeks. The results demonstrated a reduction in erythema (redness), papules (small bumps), and pustules (pus-filled bumps) associated with rosacea.
    • Study on Rheumatoid Arthritis: A study published in the journal Rheumatology International examined the effects of LED red light therapy on patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers found that the therapy significantly reduced disease activity and inflammation markers, such as C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, joint swelling, and pain.
    • Study on Wound Healing: LED red light therapy has also been studied for its anti-inflammatory effects in wound healing. A study published in the journal Photomedicine and Laser Surgery investigated the use of LED red light therapy on patients with venous leg ulcers. The results showed a reduction in wound size and inflammation, indicating the therapeutic potential of LED red light in promoting wound healing.
    • Study on Skin Inflammation: LED red light therapy has been explored for its anti-inflammatory effects on various skin conditions. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology examined the impact of LED red light on psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disorder. The findings demonstrated a reduction in skin inflammation, as well as improvements in symptoms such as scaling and erythema.
    • Study on Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage: LED red light therapy has shown promise in mitigating inflammation and muscle damage caused by intense exercise. A study published in the Journal of Athletic Training investigated the effects of LED red light therapy on markers of muscle damage and inflammation in athletes. The results revealed a reduction in inflammation and faster recovery of muscle function following intense exercise.


*not to be taken as medical advice. 

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