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When looking for advanced skin care, LED treatments are now as popular as chemical peels, Botox, and filler, if not more so. Without any downtime or required visit to a dermatologist or spa, the POLY is the
newest LED light therapy system to hit the market and is designed for effortless treatment of depleted collagen and weakened elastin around the eyes, brows and mouth, and elsewhere on the face, neck, and décolletage.
While there are quite a few LED treatments out there for the skin, the POLY LED system contours to your face, delivering the best possible results (source). It also offers a variety of wavelengths and treatment strengths, which is great for the skin care professional. For more on the technology and some Q&A, read on!
What is LED Light Therapy?
In the 1990’s, NASA began to research light therapy as a way to help preserve the skin and tissues of astronauts. NASA studies determined that red and infrared light therapy accelerates the growth of healthy skin cells by 150-200 percent, thus leading to rapid improvement in the appearance and health of the affected areas. Red light LED treatment was also concluded to be safe with no reported side effects (NASA). In the 2000’s, dermatologists began to use LED phototherapy and was subsequently found that it could significantly reduce wrinkles and promote collagen production (Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy).
How Does LED Light Therapy Work?
During the procedure, targeted rays of light of specific wavelengths are aimed at skin lesions. Different levels of penetration and absorption through the skin are achieved with varied wavelengths. For instance, through extensive research and development, it has been established that red longer-wavelength (633 nm) rays are best for eradicating fine lines and wrinkles, while blue shorter-wavelength but higher energy rays of 415 nm can improve the appearance of mild to moderate acne.
It may sound too good to be true, but substantial evidence shows that red LED lights can actually reduce fine lines and wrinkles. A 2005 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy demonstrated that red LED light at fluences not unlike the POLY reduced periorbital (around-the-eye) wrinkles by 81% after nine treatments over the course of 12 weeks. Another study from the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology found that the use of LEDs significantly increased collagen and elastin production, thus resulting in firmer, younger-looking skin over time.
How do at-home devices compare to dermatologists’?
Unfortunately, as you would expect, at-home devices are not as powerful as those in dermatologists’ offices. According to Dr. Neil Schultz, author of DermTV.com, dermatologists’ LED machines contain approximately 800 LEDs — POLY contains over 1,800. On the other hand, devices designed for at-home use contain only a few dozen LEDs, which are also less powerful than those in the dermatologists’ machines. As you would imagine, most of the reports of efficacy are established using dermatologist-grade LED devices.
The POLY LED system is designed for use by professionals.
Can the POLY Treatments Be Used with Other Skin Care Products?
Absolutely! Actually, what I find really exciting about POLY light therapy is that LED technology has
clinical studies which suggest this. The reason? It is believed light absorption increases cellular metabolism, as red light can reach the internal dermis of the cell, where mitochondria reside. POLY may in turn increase the efficacy of anti-aging ingredients and treatments that in turn can both improve and maintain results.
Is it Safe?
Yes. While non-ablative lasers and LED phototherapy are both very popular skin rejuvenation methods, only LED light therapy has been further developed for use in the home. This is because LED light therapy repairs sun damage and increases collagen and elastin production with less potential side effects than lasers. In fact, while lasers are contraindicated in many patients with darker skin tones due to potential irregularities in pigmentation and scarring, LED light therapy is generally considered safe in such patients.
I’ve always been excited about red LED technology for anti-aging, but I am especially encouraged by the facts that the POLY LED system contours to the face, its strength (3 – 4 times stronger than other at-home devices!), and that the device will increase the penetration of your existing skin care products into the skin.
POLY LED Light Therapy is in the process of developing a hand-held, residential line of
products that will be sold OTC for maintaining results and offering spot treatments. Expect to see two
options for POLY hand-helds in 2018 as well as the possibility of consumable serums and lotions.
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