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Light Therapy for Discoloration + More


Article by Hayley Hyer

Photography by Stock Images

There are so many different colors of light therapy, and it's likely that you'll want to use a variety to target different problems. If your specific skin woe is discoloration, hyper-pigmentation or dark spots, green light therapy is a great place to start.

According to Dr. Müller, green light targets "melanocytes, melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer of the skin’s epidermis. It inhibits the production of excess melanin, prevents it from traveling to the skin’s surface, and breaks up melanin clusters to lessen existing discoloration."

READ MORE: How Does Green Light Work?

But you're in luck—the red light for anti-aging and blue light for acne can both help with discoloration as well. Here are some hand-held devices and masks to try out.

MZ Skin Light-Therapy Golden Facial LED Device

"Taking at-home devices to the next level of luxe, MZ Skin introduces its innovative new glowing skin, game-changer, Light-Therapy Golden Facial LED Device. It is an LED (Light Emitting Diode) mask designed for at-home use, promoting optimised skin transformation. The mask delivers a multicolored series of light therapy to the dermis to promote total skin rejuvenation. Light therapy can help solve a plethora of skin woes from calming inflammation to diminishing breakouts and reducing hype-pigmentation; this is the new generation mask designed for total skin supremacy."

Blue Light: Balances and clarifies the skin. A great treatment for acne-prone skin.

Red Light: Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to refine, plump, and strengthen the skin.

Green Light: Reduces pigmentation, helps to even out the skin tone and brighten the complexion.

Yellow Light: Soothes the skin, reduces redness and inflammation to restore health.

White Light: Repairs the skin, reducing inflammation 

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Skincare DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro LED Light Therapy Device

"Inspired by Dr. Gross's professional in-office lasers, this medical-grade mask harnesses a full spectrum of therapeutic red and blue light. The patented design includes a combination of 100 LED lights in red mode and 62 LED lights in blue mode working together to smooth wrinkles, firm skin, diminish discoloration and clear acne for a beautiful, youthful complexion. You can choose from three light treatment options—red light therapy, blue light therapy or red and blue light therapy. The red lights stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin to reduce wrinkles, sun spots, sun damage and redness; blue lights help destroy P. acnes bacteria and prevent future breakouts; and the dual red and blue lights target wrinkles and acne at the same time. Experience a fading of wrinkles in as early as two weeks and begin seeing an improvement in acne within days."

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NEWKEY Led Light Therapy 7 Color Facial Skin Care Mask

"The light therapy mask is made of medical LED beads and has a specific wavelength to treat different skin problems. Each color of light can cure a common skin disease. Safe, gentle, not stimulating!"

Red Light (650NM)—Increased Blood Flow and Collagen Production

Blue Light (463NM)—Kills acne and Tightens Skin

Green Light (527NM)—Improve Pigmentation, Anti-Aging

Yellow Light (590NM)—Smoothes Skin and Reduces Redness

Purple Light (600NM)—Relaxing, Improves Lymph Metabolism

Light Blue Light (510NM)—Soothing,Can Help Allergies skin

White Light (470NM)—Accelerate Tissue Metabolism

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