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Red Light Therapy Pros And Cons

Maya Adivi • June, 2023

Red Light Therapy Pros and Cons

Maya Adivi • June, 2023

Red light therapy is one of the most exciting technologies to rejuvenate and beautify the skin. If you’ve been looking for an easy way to amp your self-care routine, adding the occasional red light treatment can make a huge difference.

Research shows that red light therapy enhances the skin’s behavior and energizes the cells, fundamentally improving a very broad range of concerns, from wrinkles to blemishes to overall skin health.

That said, as with any treatment, it can be useful to weigh the pros and cons of red light therapy. In this post, we’ll cover just that, and also answer all of the burning questions you might have about this treatment, including its safety, costs, and more!

Table Of Contents

  • 1. Pros of Red Light Therapy
  • 2. Cons of Red Light Therapy
  • 3. At-Home Red Light Therapy
  • 4.  Who Should Avoid Red Light Therapy?
  • 5. Frequently Asked Questions
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Pros of Red Light Therapy

From what it does to who it works for, these are the key benefits of red light therapy.

Improves premature aging
The most exciting pro of doing red light therapy is that it can visibly reduce the severity of wrinkles and fine lines. With age, our skin loses its ability to regenerate as quickly, leading to loss of collagen and elastin. This makes the skin less firm and flexible, which leads to wrinkles and sagging.

 Red light’s healing effects are able to reverse that! In a trial on 136 volunteers, red light therapy was found to increase collagen density, thereby visibly reducing wrinkle severity and fading fine lines. If you’re currently fighting signs of premature aging, adding it to your routine is a must!

Helps with signs of sensitivity
Redness, inflammation, visible flare-ups - one of red light therapy’s main pros is its anti-inflammatory effect, which can help address these signs of sensitivity. It’s been researched as a potential treatment for conditions like rosacea and psoriasis, but its effects are likely beneficial even if you’re suffering from other types of irritation. Plus, this impact is also what’s behind its ability to aid with wound healing and pain relief. 

Reduces signs of breakouts
The skin-soothing effect of red light therapy can also help with breakouts, which often present as red, painful blemishes. The soothing and healing effect it generates helps the breakouts fade more quickly and, over time, can lead to clearer-looking skin. It’s not an alternative to more traditional anti-acne treatments, but it can help and may be used in conjunction with them.

May help with hair growth Recently, researchers are excited by the potential of red light therapy to improve hair growth. Research has been done on both men and women, showing significant improvement in hair density after around 4 months of consistent treatment. If you’re interested in improving your hair growth but you’re nervous about more invasive treatment, red light therapy could be an exciting alternative.

Aids with pain and healing
The first therapeutic uses of red light therapy were actually for wound healing since this technology is able to improve not just collagen production, but the production of new tissue in general. Its anti-inflammatory effects also have a role in its healing ability, and make it a potentially useful treatment for chronic pain such as back pain, neck pain, and arthritis.

Safe and easy to use
With a lot of rejuvenating treatments, the process can be confusing and complicated, with a lot of risks should you use a device incorrectly or fail to follow the aftercare instructions perfectly. The great thing about red light therapy is that there’s less room for error. The technology is not considered particularly risky, and it’s very versatile and simple to use, making it an easy addition to any self-care routine.

Cons of Red Light Therapy

In comparison to all of the pros, the cons of red light therapy are minor, though still important to know about.

We’re early on the research front
Because red light therapy is relatively new and has so many reported benefits, the research on it is still in its infancy. It’s very difficult to conduct double-blind trials on it with good controls, especially when there are so many benefits to study. The evidence right now, while promising, is not conclusive, and lacks good comparisons to other mainstream treatments.
 
That said, this isn’t a major con! Many of us have seen the benefits of red light therapy on our own skin. Because this technology is so gentle on the skin and can be done alongside other treatments, there is no reason not to give it a try anyway.

Needs to be consistent
Red light therapy is not a one-and-done treatment. All of the beneficial effects of red light therapy usually come following regular treatments a few times a week, over the course of a month or two. Doing a red light treatment just once every few weeks isn’t going to cut it. If you’re the kind of person who struggles to stay consistent, you may find this to be a significant drawback.

Professional treatments can be expensive
Red light therapy can be done as a professional treatment or at home. If you choose the former, it can be very expensive, with a single facial often costing as much as $500. While the cost is a pretty major con, home red light therapy devices are very affordable!

 At-Home Red Light Therapy

If you’ve been curious about trying red light therapy, one of the easiest and most affordable ways to stay consistent is with a home device! Home red light therapy wands are the easiest to use, and they’re ideal if you want an anti-aging treatment that’ll create a visible difference in your skin.
 
With that in mind, we create the Evertone Infrawave as a beautifying red light therapy device that’ll improve the appearance of your skin on multiple levels. It emits red light with powerful LEDs, to help visibly improve the appearance of the skin, whether you’re dealing with premature aging, loss of tone, wrinkles, redness, or blemishes.

In addition to red light, the device simultaneously massages the skin and stimulates it with radiofrequency. This hybrid of effects leads to incredible results, helping to firm and contour the skin in the short term while also providing long-term effects.

 Who Should Avoid Red Light Therapy?

One of the best things about red light therapy is that it’s great for almost everyone! Unlike more intense skin treatments like laser or microneedling, red light therapy is largely considered very safe and gentle.

 That said, there are a few people who may want to avoid it, or at least speak to their doctor before giving it a try. That includes if you’re taking medication that makes you more sensitive to light or if you have conditions like epilepsy. You may also want to consider eye protection, especially with more full-coverage red light devices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to use red lights every day?


Yes! Red light therapy is safe for everyday use. In fact, the best results from using red light therapy usually occur with frequent and regular use. While you don’t have to do red light therapy every day, doing it a few times a week is more likely to generate results.

Is red light therapy safe?


Yes. There are virtually no adverse effects reported in the medical literature when it comes to red light therapy. There might be a minor risk of headaches or eye-related sensitivity from doing red light therapy without eye protection.

Can red light therapy be used alongside other treatments?

Yes! Red light therapy can be done in conjunction with a lot of different skin treatments, including skincare products that include renewing ingredients, as well as in conjunction with clinical or salon treatments.

How long does it take to see results from red light therapy?

Most studies find that red light therapy starts showing results within a few weeks, with maximum benefits after several months of use. That said, it vastly depends on the specific results you hope to achieve, the type of red light devices you use, and your starting condition.

Are there any side effects of red light therapy?

Most users will not see any side effects from using red light therapy. In very rare cases, red light therapy may lead to some irritation or stinging, but this is usually only in cases of very strong, non-LED treatments. Additionally, if used without eye protection, there is a small risk of eye strain or headaches after using full-coverage LED red light therapy devices such as masks or panels.

Can red light therapy treat all skin types?

Yes! One of the greatest pros of red light therapy is that it works well for all skin types, helping with concerns as diverse as premature aging, sensitivity, and acne. It’s even an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin, who normally can’t use other treatment devices.

What are the costs associated with red light therapy?

Red light therapy can be shockingly affordable, especially if you choose to pick up a home red light therapy device like the Evertone Infrawave wand, which we intentionally priced to be budget-friendly. On the other hand, red light therapy treatments at the salon or clinic can be quite expensive, often costing hundreds of dollars for a single session.

Maya Adivi

Maya Adivi is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience working in the beauty industry. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a makeup artist and facialist with expertise in performing a broad range of advanced treatments. She champions an evidence-based approach to beauty, prioritizing real data over buzzwords or myths. She brings that love for science and research when writing for Evertone.

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Maya Adivi

Maya Adivi is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience working in the beauty industry. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a makeup artist and facialist with expertise in performing a broad range of advanced treatments. She champions an evidence-based approach to beauty, prioritizing real data over buzzwords or myths. She brings that love for science and research when writing for Evertone.