When you have decided that you want to use light therapy as a natural rosacea treatment, then you’ve already completed the first step: you know what method you want to use. Now it’s just a matter of finding the best product for your needs.
To do that, there are a few things that you will need to consider:
- Which red light wavelength you want.
- Whether you want to use red light therapy for rosacea, alone, or whether you want to combine it with the benefits of another colored light, as well.
- Whether you want your light to be tabletop or handheld (or both).
- Whether or not your light will need to be able to travel with you.
- How much customer support you’d like to be able to access.
The Right Red Wavelength for Your Rosacea Treatment
Red light therapy comes in two different forms. There is the visible side of the spectrum and the part that is invisible to the human eye.
The visible red light side can provide you with the wavelengths that will penetrate several millimeters into the skin to reduce inflammation and promote healing, which can ease the uncomfortable, red, bumpy, itchy, dry, tight, and burning symptoms of rosacea.
That said, you may have noticed that our store also sells a red light that is combined with infrared (which is on the invisible end of the spectrum) and are wondering if that may also be helpful. We recommend visible red light as a rosacea treatment. Infrared does have its benefits – such as pain treatment – but those benefits do not necessarily extend to the causes or symptoms of rosacea.
Light Therapy Combinations for Rosacea Skin Care
Red may be the main light therapy for treating the symptoms of the condition, but rosacea skin care can also benefit from other wavelengths (colors), as well. If you’re just getting started or if your condition is a mild one, you’ll likely be satisfied with red treatments on their own. However, if you would like to add to the improvements that you can see in your skin, there are two other light therapy colors that you may wish to consider on top of your red treatments.
Other types of light therapy that can also be a beneficial part of your overall rosacea treatment include:
- Amber Light Therapy – This is a soothing type of treatment that is meant to calm skin that is irritated and reactive. Many people with rosacea find that their skin responds well to this wavelength, particularly when used in combination with red light therapy.
- Green Light Therapy – This is most effective for the temporary treatment of rosacea flushes. These wavelengths can work to counteract hyper-pigmentation and redness. They can also be used for improved sleep and for stress relief (used indirectly as opposed to shining it directly on your skin). Minimizing stress and getting a restful sleep are two key components in controlling rosacea symptoms.
Tabletop or Handheld?
If you have only a light touch of rosacea symptoms on your nose, then you might find that a handheld light will best suit your needs. Alternately, if you have the condition across your cheeks and will need to treat more than one “zone” of your face, you could find that it will be more comfortable for you to use a tabletop light.
Ideally, you can purchase a light that offers both uses so that you can find out what is best for you once you begin your rosacea treatments.
Will Your Rosacea Treatment Need to Travel?
Many people love the benefits of red light therapy for rosacea treatments until they realize that they will need to be able to take their device with them on vacation or while heading out of town on business. A massive tabletop unit that looks like a panel or a tri-fold may work well at home, but it won’t pop into your suitcase very well.
If you plan to travel away from home on occasion and would like to be able to bring your rosacea treatment with you, then a smaller, lighter, durable device may be better for your needs.
How Much Will You Rely on Customer Support?
When you buy a red light therapy kit, it is important to remember that you’re not just purchasing the device, itself; you’re also buying the customer support that comes with it. Consider whether or not you will want to be able to contact someone (via phone or email, for example) if you have questions about usage, storage, potential side effects, how to properly angle the light, how to know if you’re doing it properly, a satisfaction guarantee, a warranty, etc.
What Not to Buy
Now that the benefits of red light therapy are becoming well known, there have been a number of different products that have arrived on the market in many shapes, sizes, and price points. There are some great ones out there, but there are also some that are likely best to be avoided. While we always recommend that you speak to a doctor before beginning any new form of skin treatment, the odds are that the following will be among those that will not be recommended during your visit to your physician or dermatologist:
- Disposable products – light therapy kits are something that you should only ever have to buy once. They should not have to be regularly replaced.
- Products requiring replacement parts – when you buy a high quality red light therapy product for rosacea treatment, the heads should rarely, if ever, need to be replaced.
- Battery operated products – batteries cause power strength to gradually decrease, particularly near the end of the battery life. It is also a completely unnecessary recurring expense.
- Products requiring topical substance application – red light therapy works as a rosacea treatment all on its own. There is no need for anything else to make it work. In fact, the best way to use it is with a clean face, with no additional substances in the way at all.
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