How Can RED Light Therapy Benefit Me?

Sep 9, 2019 | Skin Care

The use of RED light therapy (RLT) dates back to the early 1990s when scientists used it to help grow plants in space. They found that the intense light helped promote growth and photosynthesis in plants. The red light was then medically tested and found to be a safe and effective treatment for a number of ailments. While it may be hard to believe that light could have a significant healing effect, our bodies are sensitive to the environment, including lighting.

What is RED Light Therapy?


Red light therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy or photobiomodulation, is a therapeutic technique that uses light waves in the red and infrared spectrum. This therapy delivers safe wavelengths or natural light to your skin and cells, with no UV rays, excess heat, or chemicals. When exposed to this light, the body produces a biochemical effect that stimulates the mitochondria in your cells. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of energy production in cells. When charged up, the mitochondria create ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which are energy-carrying molecules in the cells.

Similar to natural sunlight, stimulation of the mitochondria increases circulation and reduces oxidative stress, so your body can power itself by making more core energy. With more energy, cells are able to work more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, repair damage, boost immune function, and improve physical function. In other words, cells that receive this energy boost are able to perform at a heightened level.

What are the Benefits of Red Light Therapy

RLT took off in popularity for its effectiveness in combating signs of less-than-stellar skin health. Increasing cellular activity results in a more-lifted, toned, smoother, and younger-looking skin.
In addition to hydrating and healing the skin, RLT boosts collagen and elastin production. Collagen is a rich protein that’s critical for skin, bone, and joint health. By having more of collagen present, stretch lines, fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin imperfections begin to fade and become less noticeable. And since the light penetrates deeply, they’re more efficacious than creams and supplements.

Other health benefits of red light therapy include:

  • Reduces eczema, rosacea, and acne
  • Enhances athletic performance and muscle recovery
  • Improves hair growth in people with alopecia
  • Reduces psoriasis lesions
  • Promotes tissue repair and wound healing
  • Stimulates healing of slow-healing wounds
  • Helps diminish scars
  • Helps with short-term relief of stiffness and pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Helps repair sun damage
  • Improves joint health in individuals with osteoarthritis
  • Relieves pain and inflammation
  • Prevents recurring cold sores from virus infections
  • Increases circulation

Would you like to learn more about the benefits of RED light therapy? Schedule a consultation with a skin care expert at North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care Clinic. Call us at 480-513-2888 or fill in our online contact form to book an appointment.