How to Get Rid of Acne and Wrinkles Without Using Creams

Learn all about the trending tech-based treatment to better skin.

How to Get Rid of Acne and Wrinkles Without Using Creams
Art by Tanya Leigh Washington

We're shedding a new light on skincare—literally. Although it may seem like something out of a science-fiction novel, using different colored light rays is a legitimate way to help against many common skin ailments. Believe it or not, LED light can help with acne, wrinkles, lack of elasticity, discoloration, irritation and redness. According to celebrity aesthetician Geri G, whose clients include A-listers Christina Hendricks and Taryn Manning, "Each light penetrates to a different layer within the skin to cause a cell response, resulting in a positive response from the stimulation."

LED light treatments are often offered as part of skincare services in dermatologist offices, spas and other professional settings like Geri G's LA boutique. However in recent months, we've noticed the technology gaining popularity in the at-home market with products like the IlluMask ($30) being advertised on TV. Creams and serums aside—which by the way she suggests be used in conjunction with LED light therapy—it's important to know what to look for in a device for before you buy. Thankfully, we got the low-down on this tech-savvy way to solve your skincare woes straight from the expert herself. Read on to learn the benefits of LED lights, as well as some must-know tips for a successful at-home treatment.

The Different Types of Light:

"Blue light helps to kill bacteria. It affects the upper most layer of the skin and reduces blemishes, inflammation and prevents them as well."

"Green triggers repair of the capillary bed and slows down melanin production which can helps with hyper-pigmentation. It is soothing and anti-depressant, too."

• "Yellow triggers the repair mechanism of damaged cells and is extremely beneficial to all skins but especially those of sun damage, rosacea and those with redness issues."

• "Red reaches the deepest layer of the skin where fibroblast cells are made. Fiber blast cells are responsible for making 'new' collagen and elastin in the skin and thus, it is the most beneficial to all skins for its reparative, anti-aging, tone and overall health benefits."

Geri G's Product Pick: Baby Quasar MD PLUS, $795, at babyquasar.com
Geri G's Product Pick: Baby Quasar MD PLUS, $795, at babyquasar.com
(Source: Baby Quasar)

Geri G.'s Tips:

• "Research all the lights on the market. Some stores only carry lights at a certain price point that they think will be better sellers. Buying direct from the manufacture is better in my opinion because you will have a resource to contact if you have questions or need help operating your machine. Always make sure you have a warranty when purchasing at-home devices."

• "Follow directions for your specific device. Not all devices are the same. Strengths may be different and suggested time per area being treated may differ with each manufacturer."

• "Clean skin before ever using lights. The lights are less effective when oil or products are on the skin during application."

• "Make sure you test a small area on the face before doing the entire face with the home device. You never know how your skin may react and it's better to be safe than sorry."

• "Don’t think doing more time is more beneficial. Stick with the instructions that come with your machine. The cells can only absorb so much light at one time."

StyleBistro Product Pick: Michael Todd Clear Bi-Light, $199, at michaeltoddusa.com
StyleBistro Product Pick: Michael Todd Clear Bi-Light, $199, at michaeltoddusa.com
(Source: Michael Todd)

• "Topical creams applied after light therapy are essential as you can not just rely on light therapy alone to assist in treating your skin. Using topical products that are less drying and more healing and gentle on the skin is my preference. Organic aloe vera is naturally soothing, hydrating, and provides a toning affect on the skin. I also suggest an antioxidant rich serum or cream to put on the skin after light therapy."

• "Consistency is key. Don’t wait for a breakout or a wrinkle to appear and hope a crash course in light therapy will miraculously make it disappear in one treatment. Light therapy is amazing and a true breakthrough in skin therapy, but it is a natural process that needs to be done as part of your skin routine in order for it to work from the inside out!"

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