LED is a painless skin-care treatment that plumps up aging skin by boosting collagen production, and treats mild to moderate acne by killing the bacteria responsible for breakouts. LED treatments are sometimes also called LED light therapy, LED red light, LED blue light, or by the name of the manufacturer.
LED stands for light-emitting-diodes. First developed by NASA, LED works by sending energy-producing packets of light into the deeper layers of the skin. Red light LED stimulates the fibroblasts that produce collagen, which gives young skin its plump look. Professional LED machines can also minimize fine lines and wrinkles, treat sun-damage and stretch marks, and reduce redness after more aggressive IPL or laser treatments. The results won’t be as dramatic as plastic surgery, IPL or laser, but it’s a gentler, more natural, less expensive way to go. Blue light LED works by killing propionibacterium acnes (or p-bad) that lives below the surface of the skin and is responsible for acne.
LED treatments are painless, cool and relaxing, and unlike IPL or laser treatments, carry no risk of burning. An IPL treatment delivers a bright blast of light at very high energy levels through a hand-held device, and can be uncomfortable, even painful.
Unlike IPL, LED treatments don't generate any heat. They're even relaxing. Your eyes can't be hurt by LED so don't have to be covered. LED treatments are a good choice for people who want to boost collagen or treat acne. Home LED treatments and equipment will not deliver the same results because the equipment is not as powerful.
If you want to treat brown spots, broken capillaries, spider veins, and diffused facial redness, you are better off getting IPL treatment. Both LED and IPL work best in conjunction with a regular skin care routine.