The advances in technology for the beauty industry are mind boggling. Many of the developments started in either space research by NASA or medical research. Years later the ordinary person at home can enjoy many of the tools that have evolved based on solid scientific evidence.
A variety of hand held devices are available for at home skin rejuvenating and treating acne. In most cases what we are trying to achieve is an increased production of collagen and elastin in the skin. For acne skin types elimination of bacteria, accelerated healing and reduction of inflammation are the goals.
We feature 2 devices in this article LED lights and Microdermabrasion.
LED lights (light- emitting diodes) are a very safe and easy method for increasing the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. While professional machines are much stronger and treat the whole face at one time, home devices are handy and price effective.
When acne or pimples are the issue you can often nip it in the bud at an early stage and prevent a full on pimple developing.
The colour of the LED light determines the purpose of the treatment.
- Red is used for skin rejuvenation
- Blue is for acne or pimples to kill bacteria
- Yellow is to firm the skin
- Green reduces redness in cuperose skin
Before buying, it is important to check the powder of these LED devices to give an indication of effectiveness. Home units usually only come in red or blue , sometimes a combination of the two. Yellow and green are more for larger salon units.
Red lights 620 – 670 nm
Blue Lights 420 -460 nm
Bear in mind home devices will not be as strong as salon or medical machines and you will need to use them regularly to see benefits. However, there are some very good small appliances available.
How Red LED light will help your skin:
- Increase in elasticity.
- Fine lines eliminated and deeper lines reduced.
- Skin tone improvement.
- Less sagging
- Reduces redness from Rosacea
How Blue LED light will help your skin:
- Kills bacteria present in pimples
- Reduces inflammation
- Blemishes clear much faster
- Helps Control future outbreaks
Features to watch for:
- Battery operated or plug in – ease of use
- Size of head and number of LED lights – Bigger heads cover more of the face but harder to get between the eyes
- Power capability in nm’s covered above
- One or more colours in light if you need blue for acne or pimples. Some have seperate coloured heads.
Prices vary from around $70 on e-bay to $300 -$500 in department or specialty stores. I bought a $69 tool on ebay and am very happy with it.
Whatever you buy have realistic expectations. Transformation is not going to happen overnight or ever, if the tool is left in a drawer.
Microdermabrasion: Hand held battery operated
microdermabrasion kits for home users are freely available. Results vary
as with any appliance. DermaNew is a reliable brand which gives a
result which is visible and feels good.
The treatment takes only 2 minutes and can be done at the bathroom
sink or in the shower. Dead skin cells are removed using a tool which
has a sponge head that vibrates lightly. An exfoliating or resurfacing
cream with medical grade corundum crystals is moved over the face with
Microdermabrasion works well in a few ways.
- Skin rejuvenating (anti aging)
- skins prone to blackheads and whiteheads
- acne skin types.
For pimples and acne problems a different type of exfoliating cream
is used. There is only half the amount of crystals and the formulation
of the base cream contains special acne active ingredients. This cream
is a more drying formulation than the Rejuvenation cream used for clear
skin or those who suffer from blackheads.
You will need to use this microdermabrasion kit regularly to see results but if you do your skin will show the results.
Price range around $100.