Light Treatments: Where Science and Beauty Meets

A range of hi-tech, non-invasive light therapies are now treating skin conditions like hyperpigmentation, fine lines and acne scarring.

Among the most often-used therapies are lasers, a beam of intense single-wavelength light purer than the multi-wavelength lights found in sunlight or an electric globe.

One of the most popular of the many laser treatments available is Fraxel laser, especially effective for pitted acne scars. It combines the best of ablative lasers which vaporise pits at high temperatures but require months of healing and come with substantial side-effects, and non-ablative treatments with few side-effects and no healing period, but which take months of repeated treatments.

Other methods like the CO2 laser treat deep wrinkles and strong sun damage. A pulsed dye laser treats port-wine stains.

Unlike lasers’ single light wavelength, intense pulsed light (IPL) uses a range of light wavelengths to treat less serious skin conditions like freckles, spider veins, rosacea, mottling and broken capillaries.

Yet another treatment is Omnilux, a handheld LED emitter that targets the cells that rejuvenate the skin’s supportive tissue.

When having any treatment that affects the skin, eat zinc. This mineral aids in the healing process by forming collagen. Also eat lots of anti-inflammatory foods, such as those which are high in Omega-3s. Arnica, a herb, can also speed up healing time.


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