Acne is an inflammatory skin condition in which hair follicles become clogged with oil and skin cells, leading to bacteria growth and pimples. As these follicles swell and break down, the layers of your skin become damaged, and you may develop acne scars.
LED light and laser treatment are go-to therapies for acne and acne scars, as they help refresh dull skin and promote a smooth, healthy glow.
LED Light Therapy for Acne
LED therapy is a non-invasive treatment for blemishes and inflammation. It works on your skin from the first application, but you’ll see a noticeable difference after multiple sessions of LED light therapy.
How It Works
Light-emitting diode (LED) devices use visible light, usually with red or blue wavelengths, to improve skin appearance. The waves penetrate your skin at various depths and have different effects.
Blue light acts on the outermost layer of your skin and targets oil glands and bacteria, while red light reaches deeper to soothe and repair skin tissue. Skin care specialists use blue and red light alone or together to treat acne and scars.
Benefits of LED Treatment for Acne
Blue LED light is often best for active acne. The shorter wavelengths reduce activity in your sebaceous glands, helping to curb oil production. The result is drier skin and fewer breakouts. Blue light may also kill acne-causing bacteria.
Red light, on the other hand, reaches further into the layers of your skin and promotes healing. It acts on skin cells and encourages collagen production, leading to less inflammation and visible improvement in scars.
Which LED Light Is Best for Acne?
While blue LED light is often the first choice for acne, your skin may benefit from a combination of red and blue light treatments. However, LED devices used in professional treatments are more effective than at-home devices. They emit more powerful light waves, promoting increased circulation, better improvements in tone and texture, and more noticeably revitalized skin.
Laser Treatment for Acne Scars
Laser removal has long been used to treat acne scars. It’s similar to LED therapy but uses stronger energy and penetrates deeper into the skin.
How It Works
During a laser treatment, focused light is applied to heat your skin at the cellular level. The energy breaks up scar tissue and removes damaged skin cells. As your skin heals, new collagen fibers are formed to plump up your skin, filling out and smoothing over scars.
Laser therapy also improves active acne symptoms. Acne laser treatment directly kills bacteria and acts on sebaceous glands, which helps control oil production and blemishes.
Benefits of Laser for Acne and Acne Scars
Laser for acne is a root-cause treatment that curbs oil and bacteria and provides long-term results. Acne scar laser treatment reaches deeper layers of your skin and encourages the growth of new skin cells. It acts on the vascular level to fade pigmented scars and improve the tone and texture of your skin.
LED vs. Laser: Which Is Better?
Choosing between LED and laser depends on your unique skin. You may need a nuanced approach, so a consultation with an esthetician can help you decide. However, there are some general guidelines.
Start With LED
Laser by Monica uses a gentle approach with the AdvaLight laser, which combines yellow and infrared light in nano-pulses. It sends many wavelengths of light to the skin instead of just one, leading to effective treatment with less downtime and no numbing cream necessary.
While AdvaLight is gentle, LED therapy is even more gentle and is a great place to start if you’re new to laser or light facials. LED light has similar benefits but doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply. Laser By Monica uses Celluma LED treatment for noninvasive, nontoxic skin renewal.
LED for Surface and Laser for Deeper Skin
Blue LED light therapy is best for active acne and can help control oil production and bacteria while minimizing blemishes. AdvaLight has no downtime and doesn’t cause pain, but it can cause mild redness and swelling. It works well on acne scars and other conditions found beneath the skin’s outer layers.
LED light is also an excellent add-on to laser acne scar removal because it can speed healing. You will need several treatments with either therapy to see the best results.
Refresh Your Skin With Laser by Monica
LED and laser treatment for acne scars help trigger natural healing in your skin. At Laser by Monica, you can choose Celluma LED, AdvaLight Clear, or AdvaLight Bright laser treatment and gain a refreshed, healthy glow and clear skin texture and tone. To learn which treatment is best for you, schedule a consultation today.