Does Red Light Therapy Really Work?

There is a newly discovered method in anti-aging technology called red light therapy. This system is mostly offered in salons, although you also have the option of setting one up at home. The system uses infrared lights as the main feature of this machine and it has been known to provide therapeutic benefits to the body.

Anti-aging systems, techniques, and methods always get attention from health-conscious and beauty-conscious individuals. Beauty plays a major role in this modern age as celebrities and icons seem to be aging gracefully through the years. Surely, you would want to look as good too even if you are growing older every year. And with all the modern technology available today, staying young and looking young is not only possible, but achievable as well.

Infrared lights can easily penetrate the skin, and thus it can work effectively in repairing the damaged nerves and tissues under the skin. Because of this very effective method, your skin’s appearance will greatly improve and blemishes can be reduced too. In fact, if you are experiencing any body pain, the infrared light can also soothe this condition as well.

The Claim
Red light therapy systems claim that they can delay the signs of aging and treat acne. By using infrared light, a burst of energy is delivered to the body’s tissues triggering a response for the body to heal from inside. This system is different from laser technology as it doesn’t cut any of the body’s tissues. And it is different from the sun’s rays too as it has no harmful UV components. Red light therapy is a non-invasive method of anti-aging treatment and it promises to get rid of wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, and even acne on the skin.

The Hype

All types of anti-aging solutions are always met with enthusiasm and red light therapy is no exception. In fact, this new beauty system is even starting to replace the interest in tanning and tanning beds. The methods used are almost the same and the only difference is the source of light. While tanning beds make use of UV rays, red light therapy uses infrared light. The demand for this new system of anti-aging has become so intense that many salons are already converting their tanning beds into infrared therapy beds.

The Cost
You will be spending around $300 per month if you want to get a regular dose of infrared technology. The first few sessions are scheduled closely and succeeding sessions can be scheduled days apart. Your kind of treatment will generally depend on your skin condition and the amount of damage that has accumulated in your system throughout the years.

The Commitment
In order to make the red light therapy effective, you will need to commit to daily sessions during the first few weeks of treatment. After a while, 3 to 4 times a week may be recommended for you. And as maintenance, 1 to 2 days per week can usually suffice. For best results, you should make sure that your body and skin is totally clean. This will allow the infrared light to penetrate your skin more efficiently.

This infrared technology is realistic as it has been developed using the methods of science. Compared to other lighting methods and beauty treatments that make use of UV rays, this light therapy is definitely safer and more effective. Noticeable results are expected to be seen in 1 to 3 months as the efficacy of the system will depend on a person’s age and overall skin condition.

Does Red Light Therapy Really Work?

Yes, red light therapy appears to work in reducing the signs of aging. However, the length of time in achieving the desired results can vary from person to person. It is also advisable that maintenance treatments are utilized regularly, as not doing so will cause lines and age spots to appear again.

Our Recommendation

We recommend using a red light therapy system if you’re into beautification and have the spare cash. The method is not only good in reversing the signs of aging but it is also helpful in enhancing your general health as well. During the actual therapy, even your joint and muscle pains can be relieved. A return to normal blood pressure has also been linked to exposure to infrared light, adding one more benefit to the list.

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Shirley December 30, 2011 at 12:28 am

I’m getting closer and closer to 40 and for years now have been using various anti-ageing creams. I thought they were working, but over the last year or two I’m starting to get a few age related signs and so am looking for a better solution.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to be having RLT in the coming months and giving up the creams.

It’s a little more expensive but you can’t put a price on beauty right ladies :)


Candace April 6, 2012 at 10:05 am

Hi Shirley. Just wanted to know if you had tried your RLT yet. If so I hope it is workig great for you. I have started as well and I am using the Redlight ST products as well with it. I absolutely love it and wanted to let ou know that it is so worth it! Best of luck to you!


garrett January 31, 2015 at 12:14 am

how has it worked?


BigFoot January 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Don’t just think Red Light Therapy is for vain people looking for clear themselves of wrinkles and get better skin.
I’ve used Red Light Therapy to help me with my acne. I tried loads of medication/creams etc but nothing has worked up to now as well as RLT.
If you have skin problems like i do, then check it out!


Vicky April 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Don’t you have to continue it forever for the spots/acne to go away? I wouldn’t think acne scars could come back but.. Could you just do it for a few months and not have to after that?


Meital July 15, 2014 at 5:55 am

Actually, blue light therapy works even better for acne than red light therapy…blue light is proven to destroy acne causing bacteria and the red light is used to speed up healing and prevent scarring…but good for you!


Melissa April 20, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Yes It really does work! I own a small spa and I converted a tanning bed into a rejuvenation bed. So far so good – I do see results but they take a couple of weeks because your body starts producing collagen and of course it depends on the amount of skin damage you have.


Annette August 27, 2014 at 4:33 am

Hi Melissa… Please let us know if you are still happy with this therapy. Also, how did you convert the tanning bed? Sounds interesting.


shanda caveney May 16, 2012 at 8:05 am

I have been using RLT for over a month know. I am taking less medication for my pain. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and I am only 35. My pain was so bad there were days I could not walk. Ever since RLT I have been more active, taking way less meds. Overall feeling 75% better. I dont reqret it at all. Bonus part is my skin looks so much better and smoother too.


Sambo September 19, 2012 at 2:55 am

shanda caveney…sorry but what do you mean only 35? do you think thats too young to have something wrong with you medically? Sorry to burst ur bubble but 35 ain’t no spring chicken, best of luck thoe.


Barb April 3, 2014 at 3:37 am

Wow. Been called an ignorant bit## yet today?? 35 is young.


Denise May 26, 2014 at 12:30 am

Actually the only bitch here is you! You are a rude self righteous bitch talking shit to strangers who are simply leaving helpful reviews about red light therapy. Learn to read! She said “I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and I am only 35.” She wasn’t saying she was old or young, she was simply talking about having a disease usually associated with older adults. You don’t need red light therapy… It doesn’t cure “rude asshole syndrome.” Jerk off.


Mewa February 25, 2015 at 8:31 pm

You do realize that Barb was referring to Sambo’s comment of 35 ‘not being a spring chicken’ right? She wasn’t calling Shanda young or old. Please learn to read prior to writing such ridiculous comments.

Denise May 26, 2014 at 12:38 am

What a rude twat. You don’t need red light therapy it doesn’t cure “rude asshole syndrome” … jerk off!


Daryl January 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

WOW Denise, It must be really dusty and dry down there. I can fix that for you but its going to take gallons of moisturizer.

Bama April 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Seriously “thoe”, how immature must you be to not only think 35 is old, but to leave such an unnecessary and incendiary remark? I have stopped reading online comments because of people like you. I made an exception here because I wanted to see if anyone had had any experience with a RLT. I should’ve known better. No matter how innocent the topic, at least one jerk has got to say something mean and stupid.


RL August 4, 2013 at 4:21 am

I am going to buy the Red Light Therapy. I also have fibromyalgia and I take so much medication and as you know the pain is still there. I get to where I can’t even walk many days. I’ve tried everything. I am going to try this now since you said you are feeling so much better. I will post a review later to let you know how it works for me. Thank you for your review.


Jesse October 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

If you have fibromyalgia – please read the book Healing Back Pain by Dr. Sarno. Miracle worker and you can get it for cheap on amazon. Saved my life.


Jesse October 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm

If you have fibro, please please read Healing Back Pain by Dr John Sarno. It’s cheap, buy it off amazon, and saved my life.


K June 20, 2014 at 5:56 pm

I wonder if this could be covered under insurance bc I have fibro as well as MS and take daily pain meds and of course could use some help with the wrnkles Would be nice to know


Ame September 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm

I was wondering the same thing. It really would be nice IF insurance companies would look in2 things like this. I am going to start doing this just for my pain in hopes it will help get me off a lot of my pain meds. Really hoping it works or at least helps 50%


Paige Hendrix October 17, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I turn 40 next year and have noticed that my skin is not as maliable as when I was younger, it also does not hold moisture very well. I have to apply lotion twice a day to keep it hydrated.

I started Red Light Therapy at Club Sun last month and have indeed noticed a difference. At first it was subtle, but with patience and a routine, it has paid off. I started going 3 times a week and have continued. The deep wrinkles in my forehead are not as noticable and the stretchmarks on my thighs are beginning to mute.

I bought an unlimited pass and go as often as I can, sometimes even 4 times a week. It takes 20 minutes so I use it as my meditation and relaxation time. I have no regrets in spenging the money and I will continue to use it. I am honestly happy with the results.


Janet October 23, 2012 at 12:36 am

How long do the light bulbs last?


AthleteKitty November 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I have the Tanda Luxe and it’s improved my skin. You can get this at Sephora or Ulta. The lights on the device are interchangeable. The Tanda Luxe comes with the red light but there’s also a blue light available for acne. Cost is $195 at full price.


Rebecca January 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

DERMAdoctor has a moisturiser out… I think it’s called Photodynamic Liquid RedLight Theropy or something… but anyways it converts ALL light into red light theropy and it is said to really work. it’s 85$ for the daytime supply but will last a long time. My mother loves it!


Lee February 12, 2013 at 3:33 am

I purchased the baby quasar and its next to my bed I use it everyday on my face arms thighs neck just about everywhere but I done see I diffrence? It’s been 6 weeks! But on the other hand the red light is warm and feels good


meital April 23, 2013 at 6:37 am

Red light therapy is amazing. I use the Baby quasar for months now and my skin hasn’t looked so great in years. I love light therapy so much that I started a whole blog dedicated to the amazing benefits of all types of light therapy – Red, blue, bright, everything:)


sylvia October 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm

What is the link to your blog?


shelly May 16, 2013 at 12:47 am

can a baby quasar be used on the scalp as well for hair growth? I know they have combs, and stand alone units but not sure if this will do both jobs?


Dr Ludwig May 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Red light therapy employes gas, HeNe, to produce red visable light at 633 nanometers, not infrared light (750 nm to 1 nm). There are no positive effects from infrared light in red light therapy, as there is no infrared light emitted.


Phyllis DeFalco July 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm

I will agree with the good doctor. Some of the claims for this therapy are a bit I believe to get it over on the lay person. I have actually used this for adult acne to no avail so I don’t expect to have much faith in this technique. I didn’t think so in the first place, I mean it maybe dried out my face some, oil wise and that could technically prevent breakouts but that would be all there is in my opinion.


Josh B. July 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Yeah it seems just as dangerous as going into a tanning bed in a tanning salon. It looks like it would do more damage than actually help get rid of unwanted skin problems. I’m obligated to agree with the good doctor and Phyllis because there’s no actual infrared light being emitted and UV rays are damaging toward the skin. It’s the same reason while I don’t tan and have to always where sunscreen when I go outside.


James S September 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Dr. Ludwig was simply stating we should not confuse Red Light therapy with Infrared. Red Light Therapy has nothing in the Infrared or UV range of light and shouldn’t be thought of in the same way as a tanning booth.

The reason the good Doctor made that statement is because the article that began this thread incorrectly kept referring to Red Light therapy as Infrared light. There is no infrared. He did NOT question the value in Red Light therapy.


Chris July 9, 2014 at 8:07 am

THANK YOU!!! James S. Why did it take so long for people to see that and there is no UV in Red Light Therapy. And yes it works great for all kinds of joint ,back pain. At least for me. Thank God I started going!

Mr W July 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Dr Ludwig,

You are clearly not a doctor of anything and espcially have no expertise in how red light (Supposedly) works. It most certainly does not employ gas! only cosmetic devices such as C02 lasers employ gas which are actually used to resurface the skin. Red light is simply wavelenths of light within the 620-660nm spectrum which is thus perceived by us a red colour and is claimed to stimulate collagen production. I do not vouch that red light thereapy works it is a disputable topic but I don’t like the idea of people claiming to be Doctors giving false information!


Chris July 9, 2014 at 8:14 am

It sure works for me! Thank god! My Hip pain , soooo bad , couldn’t stand for more than 10 min and now pain free after 3 months. Maybe that’s in my head but at this point I’m free of pain and loving it!


SuzieQ August 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I *just* started using RLT this week, and plan to continue for as long as I see results. Being very skeptical at first, I did some research on it, which blew my doors off! RLT was developed by NASA as a deeply penetrating skin therapy and has come into popular culture, not only for the lay person; many pro-athletes are using it too, to help speed healing and alleviate pain. It is also FDA approved. There are no UVA/UVB light waves emitted, so if you don’t want to tan, you won’t–unless you also use a tanning bed, which you can do the same day; if you do want to tan, do the RLT first, as it brings more blood to the surface and provides oxygenation of melanin. You get a better tan. And you’re right–it’s not a cheap thing to do, but it’s getting more and more affordable as it becomes more mainstream. Best of luck to all who use it! :)


DainaG August 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm

I just started doing red light therapy and am encouraged by the results that others have experienced. I am gonna keep it up every day for a few weeks at first to kind of get a jump start on things. I am not paying that much for this therapy either…. I have a package deal at my tanning salon so I get to do RLT and tanning for one low price.


Dan September 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I’m in my teens and I get hormonal acne once in a while, when the breakouts get bad, I dedicate myself to doing RLT every day until all the acne goes away. It usually goes away after just a week of daily treatments. It also makes my skin seem really new, I feel like I have a baby face after that week is up. Not sure if that’s a good thing for me but I’ll take it as long as my skin clears up! Definitely works. You don’t really see any immediate results, but it seems like the next morning you might notice your skin has got a little bit clearer and smoother. But if you do weekly pictures and comparisons, you will definitely notice.


TEB January 17, 2014 at 7:57 am

I have been using RLT for a while and my skin look better, as in smother and more supple. But I had a very disappointing hair incident. I was not covering my glorious silver hair…I mean really beautiful silver hair. Although the quality of my hair improved, it laid nicer than ever and was smooth and shiny, my silver hair started getting dark. The person at the salon did not believe me and I had to show her the research! It will definitely bring back black melanin in grey hair. The hair nightmare is a story for another time :( So please if you like your hair color cover you hair. Also my 25 year old prematurely balding son has been going and his hair is getting thicker….yes thicker! He was going for about three months before I saw him and I couldn’t get over how his hair was filling in. It won’t brig back a totally bald head but catch it early and you too might get a result.


heather January 24, 2014 at 7:13 pm

i have been using Dr. Perricone’s red light/infrared light everyday since Jan1, 2014 and to date i have noticed nothing.
I will update in March


Melissa February 18, 2014 at 5:12 am

Has anyone used this who has eczema? If so can you tell me if it has helped.
Also, has anyone gotten more hair growth due to the hair follicle rejuvenation? I.e. unwanted facial hair or anything like that?


Christine February 20, 2014 at 3:37 am

Melissa, Have you ever tried peanut oil for your eczema? My daughter used it for her skin irritation and the peanut oil cleared it up!


Angelique July 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Try buckthorn seed oil for your eczema. I use it and it works! It can also be used for rosacea, and psoriasis. best thing is it only costs about $10 on Amazon (Sibu brand). I use the bar soap and oil.


Sheila February 24, 2014 at 7:58 am

my daughter has quite bad acne scars, does anyone have any concrete evidence that RLT would help?


Teri Baker March 8, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Hi I have just opened up in one of my salons in Bedfordshire a Red Light therapy Bed. I had a lady who is 28 with very bad acne and scars, she has an imbalance in her body for the last 2 years from when she had her twin girls. She tried cream from her doctors, beauty treatments but nothing touched it. so she thought she would give the RLT ago. she has done a months course and it has nearly complete gone. Hope this helps. Teri 07813145112


jena May 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Could this be used for stretch marks?


Becky May 9, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I have used RLT for psoriases and chronic hives with incredible results! I was also pleasantly surprised to find my joint pain had decreased drastically after a treatment.


Karen May 24, 2014 at 10:31 pm

I had been using a red light device in Tanning salons in Texas, for skin conditions , skin thinning, anti aging and neuropathyI used it for about three years with wonderful results, I referred many others to this for many chronic pain conditions, all got great results..this does work, But the problem is stateHealth Dept of Texas didn’t like how it was being offered, I it was in Tanning salons, so all were taken out!!..Now there is none to be found anywhere..I am so angry for how no actual reason was ever explained why they were removed..all I know is that my health as well as many many others have suffered since I do not have easy access to this wonderful treatment any longer..If its so bad, I,m wondering why in other states these red light devices are still available? anyone with answers, would love to hear!


Chris July 9, 2014 at 8:23 am

You should buy one and put it in your home, look on line . wolff systems or esb tanning.


Kathy January 11, 2015 at 2:04 am

Each state has different rules. The best solution is to buy one I paid around 2200. when you pay 10-140000 you are going commercial.Home units are cheaper and just
as good. All they are is reformed tanning beds.They change the bulbs out


Sholahndah June 27, 2014 at 6:46 am

Denise y u b jackin on Barb lyk dat gurl


Shari McFawn June 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm

I would like to know what the name of the unit that is shown at the top of this article is as I cannot find anywhere. Does anyone know?


Margo July 6, 2014 at 7:49 am

I got the derma wand which is a form of red light therpy. At first I saw now results. The suddenly at around 9 weeks eye had an eyebrow lift like they advertise.
Now I’d like to try the booth at Planet fitness.


Margo July 6, 2014 at 7:51 am

Oops no results at first. Now I see them and I’m critical of myself as I think most of us women are


Andy July 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I used a red light pen from Sainsbury’s and found it very effective in clearing up a small Blemish. I’m thinking that NASA must have done even more effective testing before they sent this stuff into space right? There’s a full review on teh pen I used here if you want to read it too


Hayley July 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I work for a company that sells the full body red light beauty angel units. We have used units in like-new condition still under warranty for 14,999. If you would like a catalog or some more information email me and I can get you everything you need. They are legal for home use there is currently conflict with the state regarding a failure in paperwork for salons and gyms. They are FDA approved.


Joy bryer July 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Can you please send catalogue and info. Thank you in advance. I will gladly refund you the postage.


Tammy September 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Yes I would also like to know does it help with the appearance of stretch marks and how long can you stay in one session? I joined Planet Fitness just for red light therapy, it say 12 mins three times per week, but can you do 20 minutes? Thanks for the answer in advance


Hailey Cote October 1, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Redlight Therapy has recently been added to a lot of Tanning Salons for a fraction of the cost listed above. Desert Sun Tanning in Washington state offers monthly unlimited whole body redlight bed sessions for only $55 a month.


Becky October 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I have a “Black Card” membership to Planet Fitness and they have the Red Light Therapy. It looks like a stand up tanning bed. I can’t wait to use it. The best part… the membership is only $20/month!!!!
They also have regular tanning beds and hydro massage beds. So you can get a gym membership, unlimited tanning, unlimited hydro massage, and UNLIMITED RED LIGHT THERAPY for $20/month!!
Not all Planet Fitness locations have the Red Light Therapy so you should check with your local gym first.


Simon December 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm

I’ve used red light therapy for close to 3 months now. Mainly to see if it will help my reddness (blushing) not sure it’s been that effective for the blushing, but my skin feels a hell of a lot better and I could swear I have less freckles (this may be due to the lack of sunlight during the winter)

On another note, I also seem to feel less down, I don’t know if this is related to the light or not, but I am confident enough to keep using it.


Kathy January 11, 2015 at 1:54 am

I purchased two RLT pkgs and my husband decided to put the money towards a bed. I use it almost everyday and purchased a portable unit for fla. I do see a difference and the lady that does my facials says my face is more toned and glows.Doing it all the time I cant see a difference but my husband said he could. iam 68 and this was a good purchase for me. You go girls and guys at least try to look young if at times you don’t feel it. I have also been stiff or lame from over doing it and RLT does help. I


Lara Mar February 17, 2015 at 6:26 am

How do I order one and how much does it cost and to maintain.


Denise May 26, 2014 at 12:41 am

By the way my comment was NOT directed towards Barb. It wont let me edit it.


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