1. Weight Loss: Get Rid of Stubborn Fat and
Losing weight can be tough.
Results are slow, and it can often be
discouraging seeing the same number on the scale
week after week.
Maybe you've tried one of those
popular "fat loss" supplements or "guaranteed"
weight loss exercise programs and got
disappointing results. Or maybe you saw some
initial results, but the pounds quickly came
Whatever the case may be, red
light therapy can make a great addition to your
weight loss journey.
Clinical studies have shown that
RLT can reduce fat and cellulite. While the
"how" isn't exactly known yet, the leading
theory is that RLT produces small holes in fat
cells, which causes lipids (the molecules inside
your fat cells) to leak out .
one particular study, participants who
received RLT saw, on average, a 2.15cm
(0.85in) reduction in waist size after two
30-minute sessions per week for four weeks.
These people were asked not to
change their diet or exercise habits, so the
results didn't come from exercising more or
eating healthier .
0.85in might not seem like much
at first, but this was just after eight RLT
sessions and probably more than most people see
with diet pills. So, while the study only lasted
four weeks, imagine what using it for longer
could mean for you!
2. Muscle Repair: End Soreness & Improve
Hate feeling sore days after
I know I always struggle walking
up my stairs days after an intense leg day
Fortunately, red light therapy
when used after exercise can reduce
delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and speed
up muscle recovery. And, when used before
exercise, RLT can improve performance and
You'll be able to exercise
harder and longer before feeling tired. Plus,
you won't feel as sore after your workouts as
While RLT is currently allowed
in athletic competitions, there is some talk of
potentially banning (or regulating) its usage .
3. Chronic Pain: Get Long-Lasting Pain Relief
Dealing with chronic pain can be
exhausting and stressful. What's more, long-term
pain is often linked to a lower quality of life.
Chronic pain sufferers commonly
report having to deal with skyrocketing
healthcare bills, mood/mental health issues,
poorer cardiovascular health, and decreased
sleep quality .
Taking pain medication can be an
effective short-term solution, but you risk
issues like addiction if you rely on them
long-term. This often means you're worse off
than before, as you now need these drugs to
Unlike pain medications, red
light therapy doesn't actually block pain. It
works by improving the health and function of
our cells, leading to a pain-free body in the
Clinical studies have shown RLT
to relieve pain in people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid
arthritis, dental pain, oral mucositis (from
chemotherapy), and back pain [15,
19]. In particular, RLT seems most effective
in reducing joint pain.
However, it can take some time
before you notice RLT working. In the case of
rheumatoid arthritis, researchers recommend a
minimum of four weeks of treatment to see
lasting results .
So, while RLT may not work as
fast as some pain medications, it's a natural,
safe way to return your body to its optimal
state without any side effects.
4. Wound Healing: Recover From Injuries Faster
Red light therapy can speed up
the healing process, especially when it comes to
slow-healing wounds like burns.
RLT works by reducing
inflammation, stimulating angiogenesis (the
formation of new blood vessels), promoting
collagen production, and boosting granulation
tissue production .
Granulation tissue is a thin
layer of tissue cells that your body produces to
cover your wound. The faster the wound is
covered, the faster your body can start
repairing the damage.
While healing wounds is a less
mainstream use of RLT, RLT has been used by NASA
and Navy SEALs in space, during training, and
under the sea [21,22].
It's also used by athletes to quicken recovery
from sports injuries.
5. Hair Loss: Grow Healthier, Thicker Hair
Red light therapy makes for a
great alternative to hair loss medications like
Minoxidil (Rogaine) and Finasteride (Propecia).
Especially if you experience any
of the side effects.
Men and women who use Minoxidil
commonly report irritation, eczema, burning, and
even worsening of hair loss .
While men who use Finasteride commonly report
erectile dysfunction, decreased sex drive, and
sometimes breast enlargement .
Isn't that crazy?
That's a lot of potential
adverse side effects just to regrow your hair.
Fortunately, recent human
studies have shown that red light therapy can
improve hair growth by over 35% in both men and
women with androgenetic alopecia [8,9].
And best of all?
No side effects or issues were
RLT works with your body,
stimulating its natural growth processes instead
of forcing changes to it as many medications do.
It is important to note,
however, that RLT is not a miracle hair growth
device. If you're already bald, RLT will not
restore your hair. This therapeutic technique
requires your hair follicles to be alive for it
6. Skin Health: Treat Acne, Psoriasis, and
Dealing with chronic skin
conditions like acne, psoriasis, or rosacea?
Red light therapy can help. Its
collagen-producing properties help promote the
growth of new, healthier skin tissue.
also help repair damage from UV rays and sun
Stop Acne Breakouts
Red light therapy is commonly
used by people to clear up their acne.
As someone with acne-prone skin,
I know how much it can hurt your self-esteem.
Dealing with breakouts on a consistent basis is
never a fun time. It's even worse when your skin
is left red, scarred, and inflamed.
I've tried many of the most
commonly prescribed acne medications but rarely
saw any significant improvements.
I was often
embarrassed about showing my face in public. It
got so bad that, at one point, I never left the
house without first covering up all my acne with
After getting tired of dealing
with the side effects, I decided to research
natural, alternative acne treatments and found
RLT has immense benefits for
your skin and can boost your self-confidence.
Several scientific studies have shown how RLT
can be used to successfully treat acne .
Because RLT works by reducing inflammation and
sebum production, it;s a great way to not only
manage your latest breakout but also prevent
In other words, RLT can reduce
skin redness and make sure sebum isn't clogging
up your pores.
What's even more appealing to a
lot of people is that RLT is a natural remedy
that has zero side effects and is well-tolerated
by all skin types! No harsh chemicals required.
For even better results,
combine red light with blue light. Blue light
works by killing acne-causing bacteria, while
red light works by reducing redness and
Treat Psoriasis and
While red light therapy for
psoriasis is still being studied, the
preliminary findings are extremely promising.
In one study, researchers used
RLT on people with chronic psoriasis that had
resisted conventional treatments. In just four
to five weeks, most saw their conditions improve
by 60-100% .
For rosacea, most of the studies
look at red light with blue light, rather than
just red light. People who were exposed to both
reported significantly less redness, itching,
and burning after five weeks .
There are, however, plenty of
people who report successfully treating rosacea
with red light therapy .
All-in-all, when it comes to
improving the health of your skin cells, RLT is
a promising alternative to conventional
treatments. The scientific evidence seems to
indicate that, while effective alone, RLT is
best used together with blue light.
7. Collagen Production: Reduce Wrinkles & Scars
Red light therapy has a long
list of benefits (as you'll see!). But,
when people talk about RLT, they're generally
referring to it in the context of skin care. RLT's ability to stimulate balanced collagen
production is what makes it one of your skin's
As we age, our body stops
producing collagen. This leads to all the common
signs of aging: wrinkles, sagging skin, and
more. High collagen levels are critical to
having soft, smooth, and firm skin.
Unlike other skin treatments
like intense pulsed light (IPL), RLT does not
damage your skin to induce tissue repair. It
skips directly to stimulating skin repair and
RLT can help brighten and
tighten your skin, making you look years
younger! Other anti-aging benefits of red light
therapy include reduced undereye wrinkles,
forehead wrinkles, laugh lines, and crow's feet.
In a study of 136 people, the
majority of participants noticed fewer wrinkles
and fine lines, smoother skin, and improved skin
appearance after using RLT. Collagen
ultrasonography scans (aka what scientists used
to measure the collagen in your skin) taken
before and after treatments revealed
significantly improved collagen density .
Reduce Scars and
Beyond facial benefits, red
light therapy can also help reduce scars and
stretch marks. By promoting the formation of
normal, healthy skin cells, RLT can improve your
overall skin complexion, leaving your skin
feeling soft and smooth.
While RLT is not guaranteed to
completely eliminate scars and stretch marks, it
has been shown to lighten them and reduce any
RLT does, however, make a great
preventative measure. Its wound-healing and
collagen-producing benefits can prevent future
scars and stretch marks from forming.
With all these benefits, it's no
wonder why RLT should be in everyone's skin care