Check out our Q&A session with esthetic nurse specialist Jill Caruso from Fox Vein Care (New York City). She breaks down the misconceptions about light therapy, suggests treatments to pair with LED light therapy, gives clients tips when it comes to handheld devices, and more.
What skintones are best for light therapy?
Jill Caruso: For these types of light therapy, really any skin type. They are safe for all skin types as long as they are used properly. This isn't like a laser where it would only work properly on certain types of skin, light therapy is pretty universal.
What is the one misconception about light therapy that you would like to correct?
Jill Caruso: Lasers in general people tend to get scared about, but there's a misconception that light therapy will negatively impact your skin by saturating it with UVA or UVB rays. These are very different rays though and work differently on the skin. The light therapy rays do cause what is called a trauma on the skin, but it is actually good for the skin.
How often should clients receive light therapy?
Jill Caruso: It can be done weekly, there is no harm in it. Some of the at home devices are safe and you can do them every night if you wish.
What is the treatment you would pair with light therapy? Why?
Jill Caruso: Any other skin resurfacing or a heavier laser treatment, retinols, or a CO2. They can be really helpful and calming after a more aggressive treatment. Even a facial or any other treatment you would do would be beneficial when paired with light therapy.
What are the hand-held devices that are for retail that are popular right now in light therapy?
Jill Caruso: Tria which has been around for a long time although they have redone it a few times. It uses a blue light to treat acne. Quasar and LightStim are also very popular home options.
What can handheld devices treat that standing devices can’t?
Jill Caruso:You can treat areas more closely, as well as much more concentrated areas and spot treat rather than being bathed in the light. At home you can sit there with the light on you and relax and watch TV which is appealing. It is nearly impossible to mess your skin up with an LED light, so this is a great at home alternative. Fighting acne and producing collagen are important skin concerns, but using light therapy can also be very therapeutic for some.