All The Pretty Colors: Which Color Light Matters For Light Therapy?

January 09, 2020
Jeffrey Fongemie
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Medical and health care experts have been using light therapy to treat common diseases for several decades now. From aging skin and acne to depression and PTSD, bright light therapy seems to be an effective treatment for many conditions.

However, not all bright lights are created the same. These artificial lights come in different colors, and each color addresses a different health concern. Our light experts are going to explain the benefits of different colored lights.

Which Color Light is Most Effective?

Do you have winter blues or the more serious seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or other mental health disorders? Are you suffering from rosacea or other skin issues? Whatever health concern you might have, there is a particular light therapy device for it. 

Green Light Therapy 

Suffering from chronic pain and migraines is a serious affliction that can compromise a person’s ability to live life on their own terms. If prescription medications are not offering you the solution you need, consider undergoing green light therapy sessions.

New research shows that daily green light therapy can lessen the intensity and frequency of migraines. Researchers at the University of Arizona say that daily exposure to green light therapy can help relieve migraines and other types of chronic pains for good. 

Interestingly, studies also show that green color itself has a very healing and calming effect on people suffering from any kind of pain. Individuals experiencing bouts of migraine find it extremely relaxing to be near plants and greenery in general. 

If you or someone you love is prone to migraines, green light therapy can help reduce the pain and sleep better.

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Blue-to-Green Light Therapy

The biggest benefit of exposure to artificial blue-to-green light is it can make you feel more alert, productive, and focused. By improving your body’s natural sleep cycle (circadian rhythm), this light therapy can help you become more energized and motivated. We now know that it is the blue-to-green light in the white light spectrum that raises serotonin and lowers melatonin in the brain.  So, white light or blue-to-green bright light devices can be used to elevate your mood and create hours of wakefulness.

If you have been feeling sleepy and lethargic, and wondering how to wake up refreshed without gulping down several cups of coffee every day, blue-to-green light therapy may help. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also cleared blue light therapy as an effective acne treatment. Sixty million people in the U.S. have acne, and doctors say that most of them are developing resistance to oral medications for the treatment of acne. This is why patients, as well as their physicians, are now recommending blue light therapy to reduce skin inflammation and get rid of acne for good. Blue light seems to work by eliminating the bad bacteria (propionibacterium acnes) that cause acne.

If you are suffering from acne, rosacea, age spots, or any other skin concern, be sure to talk to your doctor about using a light therapy device. Undergoing light therapy sessions up to three times a week, for 4 to 6 weeks, can help get rid of that stubborn acne.  

Red Light Therapy

Red light may work well to treat wrinkles, stretch marks, and psoriasis. It stimulates the mitochondria present in the skin, transforming older skin cells into youthful, energetic cells. Many state-of-the-art skin clinics and dermatologists are incorporating red light therapy in their anti-aging solutions. 

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your aging or sun-damaged skin, red light therapy has shown incredibly promising results in that area. In addition, it can be used in combination with blue light to effectively target acne issues.

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