LED Light Therapy & Hyperpigmentation

The cure for all of your skin woes

From fad diets to the latest age reversing products and procedures, anti-aging trends come and go. One trend that never goes out of style is the desire for clear, healthy, and youthful-looking skin. And it isn’t just the celebrities looking for the fountain of youth, we all want to age gracefully and look our best. There are a variety of environmental and genetic factors that can lead to skin damage and hyperpigmentation. Just a little research on prevention and treatment options can become overwhelming pretty quickly. Many estheticians don’t realize just how effective LED light therapy can be in dealing with hyperpigmentation and other skin issues.

CAUSES AND CONCERNS OF HYPERPIGMENTATION

Melanin, a natural skin pigment, plays an essential role in preventing ultraviolet light-induced skin damage. Stimulation of the melanocytes results in the release of tyrosinase, an enzyme that converts tyrosine through chemical reactions to produce melanin. The dendrites then transport the melanin to the keratinocytes. The deposition of melanin is determined by whether these dendrites are epidermal or dermal. Hyperpigmentation results from an accelerated increase in the production of melanin by the melanocytes. Multiple factors increase the incidence of pigmentation, including ultraviolet radiation, hormonal alterations, genetic predispositions, ethnicity, and inflammatory processes. We are now increasingly more aware of the negative impact of environmental pollution and its role in pigment. Constant exposure creates a low-grade inflammatory reaction in the skin, leading to an increase in sensitive, reactive skin, pigmented lesions, and uneven skin tone.

There is evidence that LED therapy with visible and invisible wavelengths has positive effects in improving ultraviolet damaged skin.

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Pam Cushing
PCushing@lne.com

Pam Cushing is a Celluma Educator and has more than 15 years of clinical experience in aesthetic medicine and 30 years as a senior consultant nurse in the NHS. She holds a Master’s Degree and a postgraduate diploma in Aesthetic Medicine. She is vice president of the Society of Mesotherapy and Consultant Educator in Skin Science. Pam is the founder and director of an independent training academy and a successful aesthetics clinic. She is a highly respected international educator in all aspects of skin care and a diverse range of aesthetic treatments.



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