(* Journal of Cosmetic & Laser Therapy 2005; 7:196-200-A study to determine the efficacy of combination LED light therapy (633nm-830nm) in facial rejuvenation. B.A.Russell, N.Kellett & L.R.Reilly)


Unlike other treatments, where the effects are short lived, L.E.D Light Therapy stimulates natural cellular processes that rejuvenate and repair the skin. The results you see continue to improve for up to 4 to 6 months after the light treatments.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN L.E.D TREATMENT; Written by an escape client.

When I first heard about the use of LED light therapy as a treatment for rejuvenating skin, I was intrigued. It seemed like an effective way to get glowing and younger-looking skin without needles—plus, celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas famously created an LED light bed that's Vogue-approved and sought-after by A-listers, so it had to be good.

But my interest was really piqued when I learned that LED light had the power to help banish blemishes and breakouts (my problem skin is basically the bane of my existence). Since I'd do anything for a clearer complexion, I put LED light therapy to the test, and loved the results.

First off, let's talk about what LED stands for: light emitting diode. Without getting too technical, an LED is a light source that emits infrared light (and thereby, heat) when activated. LED light therapy is most often administered via single light units or formations of panels that are directed at the skin from a few inches away. The benefits come from exposure to the light; there is no machine-to-skin contact when the panels are involved.

LED lights come in different spectrums, including red and blue infrared.

The particular LED treatments I got were as a package including 2 x cleaning + extraction facials and 6 x L.E.D's. A Combo Facial Package: $450 (Special). It's intended to combat breakouts and clear up skin with the use of an LED Combo Light employing a combination of red and blue infrared lights to help destroy acne-causing bacteria.

My facialist, Jennifer, explained to me that red is the most universal LED light, and that it stimulates collagen and accelerates healing. "It's good for a little bit of everything, from texture and tone, to acne and ageing," she said and the blue light kills bacteria.

You can see, then, why this combination of two lights is powerful for acne-prone skin. It isn't just "good" for people with inflamed skin (a.k.a. me), it was designed for them.

The process began with a super-gentle purifying cleanser. After a lactic acid application to gently exfoliate and brighten, she did ultrasound exfoliation, using a vibrating metal wand that creates an ultrasound wave on the surface of the skin. The purpose? To help open pores and make extractions easier. After the extractions, it was time for the lights...

The basic gist is: You continue lying on the bed, the LED Light machine is rolled over, and the panels are positioned over your face. You are given eye protection before the lights are turned on. Most people pick either the stickers or the goggles, depending on their preference of what feels most comfortable. I choose both as I was a little "flinchy" when the lights were first turned on as the lights on a scale from to 10 are a 10 in brightness.

Jennifer told me exactly what would happen: I would be under the light for about 20 minutes, and that the first minute or so is intense, but then you kind of just get used to it and relax. "Most people fall asleep," she said. "There's not much else to do."

Truth be told, I didn't think lying under a panel of LED lights in a room with soothing spa music and an equally soothing facialist would take any getting used to, but if you're the slightest bit claustrophobic (and I'm more than just a touch), there's an adjustment period. The panels are placed a few inches away from your face, and the light is intense. If you try to lift your head just by accident, you'll smack right into the panels (it doesn't hurt, it's just a little startling), and the light is so bright it took me about five minutes to truly feel relaxed and calm.

Once I hit that zen place though, where I was no longer feeling anxious about being closed in on by a panel of enveloping brightness, it was smooth sailing—and I would do it 100 times over for the results.

When the 20-minute light therapy was over, the treatment finished with a serum and cream.

Temperature-wise, I never felt too hot while the light was being applied—the brightness is far more noticeable than any heat. I didn't feel flushed until after the facial, but that overheated feeling subsided within a few hours. In terms of immediate results, co-workers who didn't know I'd gotten a facial said my skin looked great when I returned to work (always a good sign).

It was about three days after the facial that I really saw how clear and glowing my skin looked. Even better? It gets better and better. Day 7 I returned for 20 minutes blue LED, 7 days later red LED and day 22 my second purifying and cleaning facial with red LED. It has been 4 weeks now and I keep waking up and visibly detecting a glow I've never seen before. Furthermore, inflamed cysts (those tender, painful ones) that had been forming under the skin on my chin when I went into the facial, subsided soon after.

Jennifer told me that results could be anything from glowing skin to clearing up (check and check), but to keep in mind that some people do "purge," so skin might get worse before it gets better. Thankfully, that did not happen for me.

Results from LED light therapy are cumulative but so far I am thrilled with the results. The clarity and glow I've got from these 4 facials has been significant enough for me to highly recommend LED light therapy.