WHAT IS LITEPLUS ?
During the Covid-19 pandemic, our friends and families were unable to leave their place to seek skin care treatments routinely done at aesthetic clinics. Not knowing when this pandemic might be over, we started researching into alternative therapies that can achieve similar purposes but yet be done in the safety of our homes.
Come LitePlus+. We developed a face mask that can achieve similar results to conventional therapies such as ablative resurfacing laser therapy, chemical peeling and dermabrasion. In fact, we know our mask does a better job!
At the core of its function, our face mask harnesses a biological mechanism called photomodulation to bring you the best possible skin! Trust me, our families, friends and even healthcare professionals love it!
Simply put, photomodulation is a process that involves the use of light particles to enhance skin on a molecular level. This technique is widely known as “LED laser therapy”. Red light is absorbed by skin cells to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and other essential building blocks for growing the healthiest skin possible.
If you’d like to find out more, here’s a slightly more complicated explanation: Concentrated light at a specific wavelength is absorbed by factories (or mitochondria) in skin cells. This sparks off a biological cascade that promotes collagen and cytokine production, which in turn, leads to firmer and younger skin.
The use of photomodulation to improve skin condition has been around since 1987 (that’s 33 years). In recent years, advancements in light technology has made possible the development of LED laser therapy devices such as LitePlus+ that are affordable, efficient, and safe to be used outside the hands of a trained professional.
WHY IS IT THE BEST ?
These signs include the appearance of wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and glow, and abnormal pigmentation (or dyspigmentation). On a molecular level, a doctor may observe reduction in collagen and/or elastin fibers, as well as atrophy or disoriented architecture of the skin tissue matrix.
Common treatments to reverse these effects include chemical peeling, dermabrasion, use of retinoic acids, and ablative laser resurfacing therapy. These techniques are controlled forms of skin wounding, which are employed to induce the body to produce collagen and remodel skin architecture.
As these treatments partially wound the epidermis, they not only require a longer downtime, in some cases, patients may also experience side-effects. These include pain, skin redness (which can last up to a month), hyperpigmentation, and/or scarring.
How is Photomodulation different ?
LitePlus+, which employs photomodulation, achieves skin rejuvenating effects without the need to ‘wound’ the epidermis layer. Controlled laser therapy can penetrate the epidermis layer into the dermis to stimulate important cells for collagen production. It is non-ablative, non-thermal, and has no UV.
The table below summarises the differences between LitePlus+ and conventional treatments.
IS IT SAFE ?
There has so far been no adverse events associated with the use of these devices, and users have reported little to no downtime¹. According to a 2018 review published by the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, LED Masks have an excellent safety profile.
It may not be common knowledge, but LED laser therapy has been around for decades. Dermatologists have been using this technique to treat inflammation and acne, and to improve skin condition.
Instead of big bulky machines, advancements in technology means the same laser technology can be built into small compact masks that are safe and efficient to be used at home.
Multiple medical studies have also shown positive benefits of LED laser therapy. In one such study, 90% of patients/users reported that they observed a softening of skin texture, and subtle to significant reduction in roughness and fine lines.²
Below are some medically backed use of LED laser therapy:
→ 90% of users report improved firmness and smoothening of skin, 87% report clinically evident reduction in wrinkles⁵
Depigmentation and brightening of skin⁶
46-76% reduction in acne blemishes⁷
Reduction of hypertrophic scars⁸
Increase blood circulation and vascular perfusion in the skin⁹¹⁰
- Reduce acne
→ Laser therapy eradicates bacterial responsible for acne such as Propionibacterium acnes by inducing toxic photochemical reaction in the bacteria¹¹
→ Phototherapy with combined blue and red light demonstrated 81% reduction in acne after 12 week use¹²
→ Other studies with single blue light therapy demonstrated reduction in acne by 60-75% after 8-12 week use
UV protection/Skin cancer protection, proven to induce melanocyte production and reduce post exposure redness and skin damage.¹³ Some studies show lingering effects up to 24 hours post treatment.
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