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Red Light Therapy & Eczema​

Red light therapy has been shown to help with a variety of inflammatory conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne. Continue reading to see if red light is for you.


If you’re one of the 32 million people in the US who suffers from eczema, then you know how terrible it can be [1]. No matter how many products you use or how healthy your diet is, you’ll always be plagued by flare-ups. The recent virus does not help the situation either. You have probably tried everything to treat your symptoms and nothing seems to work. There has got to be a better way than spending exorbitant amounts of money on lotions, ointments, and prescription drugs—and squeezing your eyes shut in the process. 

If you have tried all the treatment methods available to reduce your itching, red light therapy products could be the solution to treating your eczema based on new science. Red light therapy has been shown to have many benefits for people (including children) suffering from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. But you are probably wondering, how does it work? And what can you expect if you decide to give it a try? In this article we will break down how red light therapy has the potential to heal eczema and related conditions.

Whether it’s trouble falling asleep at night, or waking up feeling groggy during the day, everyone knows that one of the keys to living a long and healthy lifestyle is getting proper sleep. In this article we will break down the research backed protocols of using red light therapy for better sleep and give you the knowledge and tools to make lasting change in your health and vitality. 

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    A study conducted by the Department of Dermatology at the University of Massachusetts showed that red light therapy improved eczema on 95% of participants in just two weeks.

    Eczema & Current Treatment Limitations

    There are many different types of eczema, including atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis. Eczema can affect men and women of any age, and is also common in children. Even though there are many different kinds of eczema, they all share similar symptoms: redness, irritation and dry patches on the skin that can be incredibly itchy and uncomfortable. While many treatments are available to help treat the symptoms of eczema, they don’t treat the root cause of the problem.

    Most physicians recommend an anti-itch cream or prescription medication such as injections or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory – but currently there is still no cure. The concern for those with eczema, is itchy and dry patches of skin that create discomfort, irritation, and pain. While many treatments are available for alleviating symptoms of eczema, most don’t address the root cause of the problem. So what is the root cause of this chronic skin condition?


    Beneath the skin: Understanding the Root Cause of Eczema

    So what is the root cause of eczema? Why does it impact so many people and children? Understanding the root cause will help you understand your treatment options (either for yourself or your child).

    Simply put, people get eczema usually because they have a damaged skin barrier. This can happen for a variety of different reasons (allergens, certain food, irritants, stress, weather, etc.). In all cases of eczema however, the damaged skin barrier means that their skin can’t lock in moisture like it properly should, while also protecting them from the outside world.

    Your skin barrier is made up of a protein called filaggrin, as well as lipids that lock in moisture. If your skin barrier is damaged, then moisture can escape from inside your skin and irritants can come in. This creates a vicious cycle where your skin is dry and irritated, so you scratch it, which damages your skin barrier even more. This makes your eczema (or your child’s) worse and worse over time.

    The problem with most eczema treatments is that they only address one part of the problem. For example, many topical treatments only address symptoms like itchiness and dryness. The truth is that these are just symptoms of a bigger condition – dry skin caused by a damaged skin barrier. An itchy rash on its own is not the cause of eczema – it is just one symptom of an underlying problem.

    Using red light therapy devices is proposed to be an effective treatment option for people who suffer from eczema because it helps to heal the skin barrier from within. When the skin barrier is functioning properly, your skin will be better able to protect you from irritants and allergens that trigger symptoms.


    How Red Light Therapy Can Improve Overall Skin Health & Chronic Conditions

    Red light therapy works by using a wavelength of light that penetrates the skin and stimulates healing from within. Red light is absorbed by cells in your body which then promote increased blood flow and collagen production to repair the damage caused by eczema.

    Red light therapy has been shown to help with a variety of inflammatory conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne. Inflammation is a common link between these conditions – red light therapy works by reducing inflammation through increased blood flow and cell regeneration.

    In addition to the anti-inflammatory properties of red light therapy, another benefit for people with eczema is that red light therapy can repair the skin barrier. Using red light therapy is proposed to be an effective treatment option for people who suffer from eczema because it helps to heal the skin barrier from within. The skin barrier is important for preventing moisture loss and keeping irritants out of your body. When the skin barrier is damaged or compromised, people with eczema may experience flare ups. Red light therapy is believed to help stimulate collagen production so your skin barrier can heal from within.

    Since red light therapy is natural, it does not have the same side effects as most creams, lotions and medications. For example, steroid creams can cause thinning of your skin over time and also create a dependency, where you keep needing more steroids to achieve the same effect.


    What Does the Science Say About Red Light Therapy & Eczema?

    Although in it’s early stages, the research of red light therapy and eczema is promising. The original research on red light therapy for eczema was conducted by Dr. Michael R. Hamblin from Harvard Medical School. In his study, Dr. Hamblin found that near-infrared light therapy penetrates the skin and increases the level of antioxidants, which are molecules that neutralize free radicals, helping to reduce oxidative stress on the body and prevent cell damage.

    Red light therapy has been shown in several studies to be effective in treating eczema, a condition characterized by itchy, inflamed patches of skin. A 2013 study found that red light therapy helped improve eczema symptoms better than traditional treatments involving wet wraps and emollients alone [2]. In the study, 22 people with eczema were treated with red light therapy three times weekly for four weeks. Researchers found that those who had red light therapy had improved skin texture, hydration and elasticity compared with those who didn’t have red light therapy.

    Red light therapy can also be used to help reduce inflammation associated with eczema. A 2018 review of existing studies on red light therapy for inflammatory disorders noted that the therapy was found to reduce inflammation in individuals with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions [3]. The researchers concluded that red light therapy may be useful as a treatment for inflammatory disorders like eczema because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

    Therapeutic red light treats the root cause of many skin issues by stimulating natural collagen production, reducing inflammation, and enhancing blood flow.

    How Red Light Therapy Can Help With Eczema

    Skin disease is a significant issue, with eczema and psoriasis affecting a large number of people. Studies show that red light therapy can be an effective, natural treatment for eczema and psoriasis, reducing itchiness and inflammation, and helping speed the healing process of skin in general. In addition to the itchiness reduction and other health benefits demonstrated in recent studies, natural red light therapy is routinely found to be safe and natural and free of major side effects, a big improvement over prescription drugs and invasive procedures.

    Unlike other eczema treatments that rely on steroids to alleviate symptoms, red light therapy doesn’t have any side effects. Red light therapy is safe for all skin types and tones. It can be used on the entire body where eczema occurs and is suitable for children as well as adults. In addition to treating the symptoms of eczema, red light therapy can also be used to treat scars left by your condition.


    Using At-home Red Light Therapy for Eczema

    While there is no cure for eczema, red light therapy can be a safe alternative to prescription and over-the-counter medications that treat the condition effectively. Unlike UV light therapy, which must be administered by a doctor and carries numerous risks, you can safely administer red light therapy in the comfort and convenience of home.

    Red light therapy can also be used as a complementary treatment that can be used alongside other therapies to reduce inflammation and related symptoms. Red light therapy will not make your eczema disappear completely, but it can help you manage the symptoms of eczema and enjoy a better quality of life.

    The most common form of light therapy for eczema is a handheld red light device that you can use at home. You simply apply the device directly to your skin and hold it in place for a few minutes, once or twice per day. The treatment is painless and requires no downtime. Best of all, there are no side effects to worry about, so you can treat yourself as often as you like.


    Choosing the Right At-home Red Light Therapy Device

    There are many ways you can bring red and near-infrared light therapy into your home, from small handheld devices to full-body red light panels. A medical-grade at-home red light therapy device from Vital Red Light features a combination of red and near-infrared wavelengths have been shown to have beneficial effects on the skin.

    The visible red light within the range of 600 to 700 nanometers penetrates into the skin’s surface while NIR (near-infrared) light penetrates deeper into the tissue, reaching all layers of the skin and underlying tissue. In the case of eczema, this properties of red/NIR wavelengths are beneficial for reducing inflammation, reducing oxidative stress, and improving circulation. LED lights can also soothe itchiness, promote skin healing, and improve collagen production for a more youthful appearance.

    Using the same devices for both eczema and other health conditions is an excellent way to get the most out of your investment. LED light therapy has been shown to improve immune function, speed wound healing, reduce inflammation, and provide pain relief.

    To use red light therapy for eczema, you need to expose the affected area to a red light device three times a week for 10 minutes at a time. The best red light device for eczema is the Vital Pro. The Vital Pro is the best at-home red light device for treating eczema because it covers a large area. It’s also designed to be used within 6 inches of the body, which means that you can place it right on top of your skin.

    Light therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free way to improve the health of your skin from the inside out. Red light therapy is a low level light source, similar to sunlight, which penetrates the skin’s surface. The energy from this red light stimulates blood flow and collagen production at a cellular level, improving the entire appearance of aging, sun damaged or acne prone skin.

    Summary: How to best use Red Light Therapy for Eczema

    • Red light is used to treat rosacea, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other chronic skin conditions.
    • The American Academy of Dermatology recommends treating chronic skin conditions with the guidance of a medical professional who will guide you in the optimal intensity of red light therapy depending on the severity of the condition.
    • Many chronic skin conditions have no known cure, so the best approach involves consistent red light exposure to minimize symptoms and promote healthy skin growth.
    • In general, you can use red light for 10-20 minutes 3-5 times a week for 1-4 months, and continue with a maintenance program as recommended by your dermatologist.


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