LED Therapy Proves to Be Effective for Rosacea

ledRosacea is a skin condition aused by inflammation under the skin's surface, and very few topical treatments can successfully get rid of the discomfort and redness associated with the condition.  Researchers have been studying the effects of LED therapy and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments which may help reduce inflammation and even reduce the symptoms of rosacea.

LED therapy has been used to treat acne and other skin conditions that have resulted in hyperpigmentation of the skin. The light waves penetrate the skin's top layer to break down damaged skin tissues and trigger collagen production, which helps to rapidly restore the skin.

Roy Geronemus, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at Langone Medical Center of New York University has reported continued success with a combination of LED therapy and intense pulsed light treatments.  He uses the LED therapy for patients who have mild cases of rosacea, and as a complement to laser therapy for more severe caases.  The waves have an anti-inflammatory effect which helps calm down the skin and reduces redness almost immediately. (Source: ModernMedicine.com)

There are now several LED machines that may help those who are suffering from rosacea.  The OmniLux was one of the first to obtain FDA approval, and is now widely accepted as an effective skin rejuvenation treatment.

The LumiPhase-R is another system that helps repair and rejuvenate skin that has lost its elasticity; it is designed to increase collagen production, but may have positive effects on rosacea.

Revitalight is an increasingly popular skincare skystem that offers a gentle but effective solution for skin rejuvenation.  This one has been proven to help with treating rosacea and significantly reduces redness after a few sessions.

Patients interested in pursuing LED therapy can meet with a dermatologist or anti-aging specialist to determine  if they have a mild or severe form of rosacea, and review different LED treatment options.

Further Reading

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  • Individuals with a rare skin disease called recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) can improve their condition with the transfer of bone marrow stem cells. A team of medical researchers has found that bone marrow stem cells can effectively treat the disease and help to repair the skin and speed up the healing process. This skin disease cannot be treated with conventional dermatology procedures.