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Red Light Therapy For Acne: Can It Help?

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Red light therapy is a type of photomedicine that, over the years, has largely been misunderstood. We can understand why there’s some trepidation behind it, given how uncomfortable some are with the initial idea, but with each and every new report and study that comes out, we learn a little bit more about the many benefits it holds.

When dealing with the skin, you’re bound to run into any number of problems on a day-to-day basis that need to be treated with care and dignity. Some are more extreme than others, but few are more prevalent than acne.

Today, we want to talk about acne itself, and also what red light therapy can do to help with it.


What is acne?

While it may not seem like a big deal to those who haven’t experienced it, acne is a common skin condition that affects the majority of people at one point or another in their lives. It can cause spots, oily skin, or potentially even skin that’s hot or painful to touch. In short, it’s a nuisance, and it’s something we should all be seeking to eradicate.

Some of the main symptoms of acne include spots appearing on your face, back or even chest, and there are plenty of treatments out there you can use to try and combat it (including red light therapy). It can be linked to a change in hormone levels during puberty and can run in the family, but it’s also been known to start at just about any age.

There’s long since been a stigma surrounding acne from a ‘photogenic’ standpoint, but it’s so frequent that it really isn’t worth splitting hairs over. If anything, those who struggle with it should be proud of their ability to deal with the issue head-on.

With that being said, there are definitely a few things that can be done in the name of prevention or that could at least help reduce the effects.


Acne prevention

If you start to develop mild acne, it’s a good idea to speak with a doctor or pharmacist for some general advice. However, there are definitely some preventative measures that can and should be taken. Firstly, if you’re already struggling, don’t wash the impacted areas of your skin more than twice a day, as this can cause even greater irritation.

Secondly, with blackheads and spots in general, don’t try to squeeze or ‘pop’ them as this could lead to more long-lasting scarring. When it comes to exercise, make sure you keep it up, but shower as soon as possible afterwards so that the sweat doesn’t irritate your skin. It may sound silly, but these are all steps that can be taken to help.

Make-up is also known for contributing quite heavily to acne, and for that reason, you should try avoiding products that are advertised as oil-based. Use water-based products that won’t block your pores, and you should see pretty steady improvement.

Plus, and this goes without saying, remove your make-up before you make your way into bed at night.


How red light therapy can help with acne

Interestingly enough, within the context of acne, it’s actually a blue light that works to make a significant difference - and thankfully, we have just the product for that (which we’ll touch on later). Blue light functions best with conditions on the base level of the skin, and that’s especially true for acne, which is one of the most damaging conditions for those who are sensitive to visual issues.

A study has noted that LED blue light therapy effectively treats mild-to-moderate acne on the face. The wavelengths used have an antimicrobial effect, giving it the ability to kill many different types of bacteria that can collect in your oil glands. From here, there can be a breakout, but the light therapy is there to take care of it before it gets out of hand.

In terms of red light therapy, good mitochondrial function can help massively when it comes to reducing inflammation, which can be a big obstacle for those with acne to overcome beneath the surface. The following study highlights the impact that mitochondria can have on inflammation, shining a positive light on the future for those who suffer from acne.

Learn more: How red light therapy can improve your skin.


Try our NovaaLab Glow Therapy Mask!

With our NovaaLab Glow Therapy Mask, you may get exactly what you need to help you on your path to recovery. It offers up to six different beauty modes to help with a variety of skin problems, and that, of course, includes eliminating acne.

The blue light mode, in particular, removes acne-causing germs to give you clearer skin and a clearer mind. It isn’t going to serve as some kind of overnight cure, but as long as you’ve got a bit of patience, you’ll soon start to see some real, lasting change.

If you want to have a closer look, click here.


Need help with red light therapy? Contact us

We know how complicated this can feel to some out there, and trust us, we get it.

At the heart of this entire tale is one core message: we’re here to help you live your best life – pain-free. As a company, NovaaLab sets out with the sole ambition of wanting to get our customers to the point of real comfort and happiness. Sure, some companies out there just want to make a quick buck and be off to the races, but that isn’t us.

We have a selection of great products available at the click of a button, and we’re ready to commit to giving you the assistance you need. If you have any questions or queries whatsoever, feel free to check out our FAQs page.

If that doesn’t do the trick, get in touch and let us know what we can do to help!

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Pascal Le Maréchal

As the Founder and Chief Engineer of NovaaLab, I set out on a mission driven by personal experience. Struggling with severe pain and finding no relief through traditional methods, I explored red light therapy. Seeing its potential, I founded NovaaLab to create precise devices for pain relief and recovery. With a dedicated team, we design FDA-cleared, scientifically-backed solutions, ensuring they're safe and effective. Through our blog, I'm excited to share my journey and help others discover the benefits of red light therapy.