Since our skin is the largest organ of the human body, it is always susceptible to attack. While some people experience the odd pimple now and then, around 84.5 million Americans - one in four - are affected by skin diseases."Skin condition" is an umbrella term and can include anything from acne to psoriasis to melanoma.
With many people living with a skin condition, the US healthcare system spends $75 million in medical, preventative and prescription, and non-prescription drug costs. Not to mention the skincare industry was worth $140.92 billion in 2020. In other words, whether it's medication, treatment, or specific skin cream, people are spending money trying to find ways to keep their skin looking flawless.
A common skin problem, melasma causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. It can occur on the cheeks, forehead, chin, above the upper lip, and on the bridge or the nose. It can also be seen on other body parts that are exposed to the sun. While there are no symptoms connected to melasma; however, it can negatively affect a person's self-esteem as it can last for years.
Typically, melasma is treated via pharmacological methods, including hydroquinone, corticosteroids, and other topical medicines. Procedures such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion can also be used to reduce the appearance of melasma.
Yet, none of these options really tackle the issue. However, that was before the discovery of light therapy. Most people don't realize that you don't need to empty your wallet on expensive skincare or take medication to treat skin conditions. There is a non-invasive and non-pharmacological approach, and it uses the power of light.
How Does Red Light Therapy Work?
Red light therapy penetrates through the skin, stimulating the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) within the mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cells). ATP is responsible for storing and transferring energy in the body's cells. Thus, damaged or old cells are repaired when stimulated, and new cells are created. The body receives important nutrients for healing and rejuvenating by reducing oxidative stress and increasing circulation.
As a result, the body can naturally heal itself, improve the texture and appearance of the skin, and increase collagen production. Various studies have been done to research the efficacy of red light therapy on melasma. Celebrity facialist Georgia Louise Atelier uses non-invasive options to treat her celebrity clients. In an interview with W magazine, she recommends using a red light therapy mask "three times per week with green and red light" to treat melasma.
By incorporating red light therapy into your daily skincare routine, you can reduce the appearance of melasma, while increasing collagen production and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. In other words, it's an all-in-one non-invasive skincare approach that everyone should use.
Luckily, Kaiyan Medical produces MDSAP-certified and FDA-approved light therapy products and devices for your own at-home treatment or even for your patients. We've worked hard to provide solutions for both patients and healthcare practitioners, catering to various needs. Whether you're looking to private label your own light therapy devices or for home use, contact our team, as we would love to help you through your light therapy journey.