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This article explains the reason why we love our LED machine so much. From anti-aging to acne and rosacea treatment - your cells are healed and repaired - resulting in radiant and healthy skin. It is safe for all skin types and the treatment requires no downtime, redness or harmful ultraviolet wavelengths. 


At Beauty Mark you can add on the MAX LED treatment to any facial or enjoy it by itself. If you have more questions about LED, please give us a call and speak with Jenn - 207.230.1170!


Courtesy of Ralph Hill, Published on



Two leading examples of Photomodulation devices using LED's. Max 7 (left - what we use at Beauty Mark) uses polychromatic Led's to deliver a range of therapeutic and anti-bacterial effects in addition to cellular rejuvenation, while Gentle-waves (right) uses monochromatic Led's for specific rejuvenation effects.


This relatively new process has the unique ability to stimulate and/or inhibit cell-signaling pathways for skin rejuvenation and potentially represents the next frontier in anti-aging medicine. 


Photomodulation is a process that manipulates or regulates cell activity using light sources without thermal effect. This is achieved using portions of the visible light spectrum that does not contain any Ultra Violet or Infra Red, thus achieving a non-thermal, non-invasive, and non-ablative method of skin rejuvenation. 




LED Photomodulation uses low intensity light emitting diodes to create a process similar to plant photosynthesis whereby plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into cellular building blocks.
The light emitted by the LEDs is absorbed by epidermal cells and produces a remarkable cascade of events.


ATP, (Adenosine Triphosphate) the form of energy that cells utilize, is produced in this process and used to power the metabolic processes that synthesize DNA, RNA, needed proteins, enzymes, and other biological materials needed to repair or regenerate cell and tissue components; foster mitosis or cell proliferation; and/or restore homeostasis. 


Studies of LED Photomodulation have shown skin textural improvement accompanied by increased collagen deposition with reduced MMP-1 (collegians) activity in the papillary dermis. Using Photomodulation, scientists theorise that we are both slowing down collagen breakdown and building up new collagen. One of the benefits of LED Photomodulation is that a wide range of Fitzpatrick skin types can be treated safely. Because of the low-intensity and specific bandwidth control of the light source, (Absorbed energy typically less than a 25 watt light bulb) there is no thermal damage to the epidermis.


With this in mind, LED Photomodulation offers novel, safe, non-ablative approach to photo-aging when used in conjunction with specific skin care products. 




Light doses ranging from 1.0 to 6.0 Jcm-2 in the frequency range of 560nm 780nm (Orange-Red) have been proven to be most effective for skin rejuvenation treatments that relate to rehabilitation of the microcirculation and encouragement of fibroblast activity. Techniques that pulse the light at specific cycles or codes (on-time and off-time) have reportedly proved most effective and this technique has been patented as the term LED Photomodulation by one US based company. 




To achieve optimum results, an average of eight treatments over a four week period are recommended in conjunction with tailored skin care and home care regimen, followed up by maintenance treatments at three to six month intervals. Because the technology is still relatively new, it is unclear how often maintenance treatments will be required, but clinical experience to date suggests once a month. 

Improvement has been noted to occur even three to four months after finishing the last treatment, indicating that the collagen deposition is an ongoing process, which continues months afterwards.


There are two stipulations for treatment: Firstly, (and quite obviously) the clients skin must be meticulously cleaned prior to exposure to LED light source, with heavy make-up completely removed. 


As with IPL and microdermabrasion, the strict post treatment use of sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher must be employed. Although Phototherapy is relatively safe if used properly, it is not without risks. As with all treatment modalities and technologies, some essential basic knowledge in Phototherapy is important before one proceeds to use this modality. 




Phototherapy has been used in medicine for three decades, with Hungarian physician and researcher, Dr Endre Mester first demonstrating the beneficial effects of monochromatic light in the late 1960s. 


Substantial research has been conducted since for the wound healing properties of various bandwidths of light, with NASA funding research for burn rehabilitation and cell activity studies, with the concept of using low energy, narrow band or coherent light with specific pulse sequences and durations consequently termed photomodulation.




A LED (light-emitting diode) is a semiconductor device that emits incoherent narrow-spectrum light when an electrical current is applied to it. Because LEDs are low intensity, they are used in arrays or banks of up to 2000 individual units to deliver therapeutic levels of light. 



Using individual monochromatic LED banks for each specific colour band. Colours are used individually or in combination to deliver bandwidth required.



Microprocessor controlled polychromatic LEDs using RGB technology. This state-of-the-art digital technology produces up to seven different colours similar to the method used in LCD and Plasma TV and computer screens. Light in the visible spectrum is often termed Monochromatic or Polychromatic. The two terms are explained simply as the following:


Monochromatic: A single bandwidth of light. i.e. red.
Laser light is a good example of a Monochromatic light source.


Polychromatic: A light source consisting of multiple bands of light (ie violet, blue, green, red, yellow) in the visible spectrum. (Approximately 380nm – 770nm) 
Intense Pulsed Light (or daylight) is an example of polychromatic light.


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