Red light therapy has rapidly gained popularity over the past decade due it’s fast-acting health benefits and improvements to overall wellbeing. Several studies have shown the impact of Red Light on cellular health – making it the perfect choice for people experiencing joint pains, skin issues and other conditions.
Thanks to advancements in technology, Red Light Therapy has hit the mainstream market in several forms – including masks, panels, torches and more – making it a common occurrence in the homes of people across the US.
In this article, we have outlined what you can expect from your home treatments, how long you should typically use red light for, and what type of results you can expect to see.
What can you expect from Red Light Therapy treatments at home?
If you have recently purchased a Red-Light product (or are considering it), you may be wondering what exactly you can expect from home treatments? Well, one of the main reasons it has become so popular is due to the convenience, safety and ease of use.
Contrary to popular belief, when you first use the product, you will feel a slight warming sensation on your skin / body. Apart from that slight sensation, it’s a painless procedure that requires 0 downtime.
It is essential however to ensure your eyes are protected when operating the device – meaning you must either wear the provided goggles, sunglasses or keep your eyes closed to avoid any issues (especially if you are prone to light sensitivity).
How long should you be using Red Light Therapy treatments at home?
Make sure to always follow the instructions provided with your device to receive the most optimal light experience possible. The times do vary by product and your needs – for example, with the iRed Red Light Therapy torch, you will need to adjust the usage based on your overall feeling of pain in the intended area.
- Light Pain: 1 DOSE – 1 min per spot (once a day)
- Average Pain: 2 DOSES – 2 mins per spot (2 or 3 times a day)
- Deep Pain: 3 DOSES – 3 mins per spot (3 times a day)
Whereas for the full body treatment of the iRed Red Light Therapy 60 Bulb Panel, it is recommended to use for 10 minutes a time, up to 3 times a day.
Is it safe to perform Red Light Therapy at home?
Typically, the ‘at-home’ devices have less output and strength than their professional counterparts, making them an excellent and safe choice for beginners. It’s also worth noting that as Red-Light Therapy devices utilize LEDs for light output, you can count on it being a safe treatment as LEDs do not emit enough energy to burn your skin or even discolor it.
At iRed, we would always advise investing in Red Light products that have been FDA-approved to ensure the quality and safety of the product. Therefore, we are proud to hold a Class 2 FDA approval on our range of red-light therapy products.
Despite this, we always recommend reading the provided guidebooks inside and out to familiarize yourself with the safety aspects of your device before you start using – and remember to treat it as you would any electronic device in the home.
What results can you expect from at-home Red Light Therapy treatments?
One of the most important things to understand about red light therapy is that its results are cumulative. In other words, do not expect to use an at-home treatment at night and wake up to clearer, younger-looking skin the next morning.
The amount of time required to see benefits and improvements depends on your health goals. The cellular health benefits of light therapy have been proven across hundreds of clinical studies, so you must trust that your body is benefiting from every session. Some people may see benefits within a matter of days, and others a few weeks. Just be assured that overall improvements in your health or skin-related issues can take up to 8 weeks of consistent usage. Just make sure to use this device daily to receive optimal results.
For example – if you are using LED therapy to improve acne or fine lines, you will need to use it consistently for several weeks or longer to start stimulating collagen production, which is essential for your skin health. On the other hand, if you are looking to improve redness in the face or inflammation, you may see improvements after just one or two uses.
What to do next?
If you’re ready to explore the use of Red Light Therapy at home, we suggest checking out our range of Red Light Therapy products that are high-quality, affordable and approved by the FDA. Please do get in touch if you have any questions about Red Light treatments and how you can start your journey into better cellular health and function.