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LED Light Therapy Cheat Sheet

What are the different colors of LED therapy? What do they do? How do they help my skin?

All your questions answered! 

 

Wavelength (nm)

Color

Effective treatment for

Features & benefits

380-450nm Violet
  • Pigmentation
  • When used alone showed an increase in melanin level (not statistically significant). However, in combination with red light showed a statistically significant decrease in melanin level.
450-495nm Blue
  • Mild to moderate acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
    • Kills bacterial cells
    • Reduces the reproduction of human sebocyte (cells that make up the sebaceous glands and secrete sebum)
      495-570nm Green
      • Pigmentation
      • Balancing skin tone
        • Improves redness, pigmentation, and skin tone
        • Effectively treats freckles and liver spots
        • Reduces swelling
          570-590nm Yellow
          • Skin rejuvenation
          • Pigmentation
          • Wound healing
            • Reduces redness, swelling, and other effects related to pigmentation
            • Reduces healing time and erythema for acute wounds
              590-620nm Orange
              • Anti-aging
              • Acute burns
                • Results in softer skin texture and reduction in roughness & fine lines
                • Decreases burning, redness, swelling and peeling
                  620-750nm Red
                  • Rosacea
                  • Psoriasis
                  • Anti-aging
                  • Mild to moderate acne
                  • Androgenetic alopecia
                    • Reduces inflammation
                    • Enhances collagen, improves skin roughness, and wrinkle status
                    • Results in fewer wrinkles and improved skin elasticity
                    • Inhibits sebum production
                    • Improves hair growth
                      750-1300nm Near-infrared (NIR)
                      • Rosacea
                      • Psoriasis
                      • Wound healing
                        • Wound healing 

                         

                        All claims are supported by clinical studies and references:

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