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The Shortcut Guide to Choosing a Light Therapy Device

What LED therapy color treats wrinkles?  Is a face mask or a body panel better for light therapy? If these questions feel familiar, then this is your guide.

This is a shortcut guide to finding the right light colors and the right device type for your light therapy needs. Find the condition you want to treat with light therapy. Look at the “Best Colors” for that condition. Then view the type of light that works best for that condition. 

For each condition, the first item in the device type list is, in my opinion, the best device for that body part and condition. I only list devices I think make sense for the situation. That doesn’t mean other devices won’t work. It means these fit the situation best.

For example, I believe that a face mask is the best device for wrinkles. The light from a mask reaches all parts of the face at one time. This saves time over doing spot treatment with a handheld device. I like that a face mask is hands free. None of this means you can’t use a full body panel for wrinkles, for example, only that the face mask distributes the light quickly and evenly, where a panel does not.

Want the More Comprehensive Guide?

For a complete guide to the pros and cons of different light therapy device types, go to my articles:

Answers You Need to Be a Confident Red Light Therapy Buyer  and The Complete Guide to Choosing a Light Therapy Device

The Best Devices for Treating Tested Light Therapy Conditions

For example, look at the Acne table. The best colors to treat acne are blue, red, and optionally infrared. For treatment of the face, the best light therapy device is a face mask or face dome, because they are hands free, reach the most skin, and touch the skin so as not to lose photons to reflection or distance. Handheld devices are also good, but they are not hands free. You might be fine with the acne device not being hands free, in which case a torch, panel or wand might be right for you.

Split face boy with and without acneAcne

Evidence for Improvements Acne, P. acnes Bacteria, Redness, Pimples, Lesions, Inflammation
Best Colors Blue, Red, and Optionally Infrared
Face Face Mask, Face Dome, Handheld Torch, Handheld Wand, Handheld Panel
Articles Acne Articles, Face Mask Article
Studies Acne Studies

 

Split face woman's eye before and after wrinkle treatmentAging

Evidence for Improvements Aging Wrinkles, Fine Lines, Sagging, Rejuvenation, Pigmentation, Collagen, Elastin
Best Colors Red, Infrared
Face Face Mask, Face Dome, Handheld Wand, Handheld Torch, Handheld Panel
Neck Face  Mask with Neck Attachment, Pad, Wrap, Handheld Panel, Handheld Wand, Handheld Torch
Articles Aging Articles, Face Mask Article
Studies Aging Studies

 

Woman blowing red noseAllergies

Evidence for Improvements Nasal Patency, Allergic Rhinitis, Nasal Polyposis
Best Colors Red, Infrared
Nostril Intranasal Light
Articles Allergy Articles
Studies Allergy Studies

 

man holding arthritc handsArthritis, Joint Inflammation, Pain

Evidence for Improvements Pain, Flexion, Pressure Sensitivity, Circumference, Degeneration, Fatigue, Pain Relief
Best Colors Red, Infrared
Knee Knee Massager, Knee Wrap, Pad
Elbow Elbow Wrap, Pad
Back Wrap, Pad
Hip Wrap, Pad
Wrist Wrap, Pad
Articles Arthritis Articles, Inflammation Articles, Pain Articles
Studies Arthritis Studies, Inflammation Studies,  Pain Studies

 

Canker sore on lipCanker Sores

Evidence for Improvements Canker Lesions
Best Canker Color Green
Mouth Handheld Torch
Articles See Wounds, Diabetic
Studies Canker Sore Study

 

Cellulite on thigh before and after treatmentCellulite

Evidence for Improvements Cellulite Reduction
Best Colors Green
Abdomen Pad, Wrap, Belt, Handheld Panel, Handheld Wand, Handheld Torch
Hip
Leg
Waist
Glute
Articles
Studies Fat and Cellulite Studies

 

Brain illustrationCognition (Brain)

Evidence for Improvements Addiction, Alcoholism, Anxiety, Autism Irritability, Cognition, Dementia, Depression, PTSD, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson’s
Best Brain Colors 810 nm Infrared, 633 nm Red
Scalp Helmet, Transcranial
Forehead Transcranial, Handheld Wand, Handheld Torch
Nostril Intranasal Probe
Skull Base Transcranial, Handheld Wand, Handheld Torch
Articles
Studies Cognition Studies

 

 

Fat Melt

Woman with midriff showingEvidence for Improvements Fat Release, Hip Circumference, Abdomen Circumference, Arm Circumference, Blood Cholesterol
Best Colors Red, Infrared
Abdomen Pad, Wrap, Belt, Handheld Panel, Handheld Wand, Handheld Torch
Hip
Leg
Waist
Glute
Articles
Studies Fat Studies

 

Herpes virus outbreakHerpes

Evidence for Improvements Shingles, Post Herpetic Neuralgia, Herpes
Best Herpes Colors Red, Infrared
Mouth Handheld Torch
Articles
Studies Herpes Studies

 

Woman with painful frozen shoulderShoulder, Frozen

Evidence for Improvements Shoulder Pain
Best Colors Red, Infrared
Foot Shoulder  Wrap, Pad, Handheld Panel, Handheld Wand, Handheld Torch
Articles
Studies Frozen Shoulder Studies

 

Carpal tunnel tendonitis wristTendonitis, Carpal Tunnel

Evidence for Improvements Tendonitis, Carpal, Soreness, Strength
Best Colors Red, Infrared
Ankle (Ankle, Arm, Wrist, Elbow)  Wrap, Pad, Handheld Panel, Handheld Wand, Handheld Torch
Arm
Wrist
Articles
Studies Tendonitis Studies

 

Woman with TMJ jaw painTMJ

Evidence for Improvements Jaw Pain
Best Colors Red, Infrared
Jaw Handheld Torch, Handheld Wand, Handheld Panel
Articles
Studies TMJ Studies

 

Foot with diabetic woundWound, Diabetic

Evidence for Improvements Healing Speed
Best Colors Red, Infrared
Foot Foot  Wrap, Pad, Handheld Panel, Handheld Wand, Handheld Torch
Articles Wound Articles
Studies Wound Studies

The Shortcut Guide to Choosing a Light Therapy Device