Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Hall of Fame - Dermalux LED Phototherapy

After I posted another picture of a client under the lamp yesterday I had quite a few questions about LED and what it entails. As it's currently one of my favourite machines (after my dishwasher ;) ), I thought I'd give you a very brief lowdown so that you can seek out the treatments in your local area.

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and works on the principle that light, used in the correct, clinical way, is massively beneficial to the skin. While we usually associate light exposure with negative effects such as skin ageing and damage, light can have massively positive influences on your body. It helps produce vitamin D - which 1 in 5 of us in the UK are deficient in*, boosts energy and serotonin levels, and also promotes healing, reduces inflammation and pain and can prevent tissue damage.

LED Phototherapy is known for its regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that it increases collagen production, destroys acne-causing bacteria, reduces inflammation, improves skin tone, texture and clarity and can ease muscular and joint pain.
(As an aside, if you're a sun addict, this is one way to get the benefits that you feel after sun exposure without the obvious downsides.)

In a treatment, it's the perfect way to round off an aggressive procedure, whether or not that is peels, micro-needling, dermaplaning, or invasive needle work, hence why it's so popular.

When LED was first around, I personally found the machines a little harsh - or unrefined. They would trigger headaches in me and I just never really got on board with them. The newer versions - and especially the Dermalux machine, are honestly brilliant. Both in terms of ease-of-use for a therapist and the results for the clients.

The joy of this is that you can lie/sit down for 20 minutes and get up and go back to work. It's one of the few treatments that you genuinely can do on a break.

I mainly use it on two settings: skin rejuvenation and varying types of acne.

Dermalux has separate programmes for all of the following:

Skin Rejuvenation
Sun Damage
Acne and Problem Skin
Rosacea and Redness
Eczema, Psoriasis and Dermatitis
Sensitive and Inflammatory conditions
Wound Healing and Scarring
Restoring Radiance

and can be used on all ages, all skin types, all skin colours.

It's super effective when used as a course, and makes the perfect pre-wedding course of treatments for brides-to-be, or people with big events to attend because the effect is immediate and there is no down time. You walk out glowing. Literally.

For acne sufferers, you're looking more at blue light, same machine, different colour of light. The effects are genuinely noticeable, especially when you have the treatments regularly, starting with an intensive course, then reducing down to maintenance appointments.

Dermalux have a clinic locator on their website - Clinic Locator that you can use to find your nearest clinic offering their services.
They are not available in the US yet, but I think they're looking into that market at the moment.**

Honestly, try one. I love it. If I could afford it I'd buy one for my house.
On that note, I know there are hand-held devices for use at home. I haven't used them. I will look into them, but in the short term, have a treatment with a pro and see how your skin reacts to the machine. Speak to your therapist. It's my experience that once something is in your house you don't use it as much, and that defeats the object..

More information on Dermalux can be found here: 

Here's to glowing skin! 

*latest figures from the NHS, who now recommend year-round supplementation - source
**there are other LED machines available but I cannot vouch for them in the same way, as I haven't used them professionally.

Not sponsored in any way. I use the Dermalux in Teresa Tarmey's clinic but have no business affiliation with the company. It's just bloody good. More info on Teresa's clinic is here:

The views expressed on this site are the author's own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.


  1. I've tried this at my Derm to great success. I've also got a handheld one from a Singaporean brand called SkinInc and that has red, blue and yellow light with ionotrophoresis that I've been using for a few months & it's my favourite! Couple of times per week & voila! Perfect skin

  2. Does it work just as well if you are wearing makeup. Or best with a bareface?

    1. You need to be cleansed and ideally have a really good, thin, active serum on for best results x

    2. What do you mean by "active serum"?

    3. Hyaluronic acid serum is a good all rounder for led treatments:)

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  4. Are these machines suitable if you have melasma?

  5. Hi Caroline I'm so interested to read this as I've been considering getting a course of Elemis Bio Tec facials before my wedding in December this year. Are these treatments similar to the Dermalux treatments you have had-they use light to treat the skin also.Thanks!

  6. I found the tria blue light treatment as recommended by sail Hughes the best thing since I came off antibiotics due to side effects. it's not cheap, but neither is traveling to my nearest city for treatment.

    1. Is this the small machine you can use at home you are talking about? It's about £200+ - I have been looking at this and would love to hear how people have got on with it and whether Caroline would say it would be similar effects to the machines in clinics?

  7. Have you tried or heard of the brand called "The Ordinary"? They have a 2% retinol serum, and serums with lactic acid and vitamin c, and every product is like 5 to 12 gbp. Wayne Goss just made a video raving about it.

    It sounds too good to be true, but I would love your opinion on it. And it would be so great with a retinol that everyone could afford.

  8. Hi Caroline
    Totally random question but I don't know where to ask!!! Please could you explain the difference between pixi glow tonic ( which I love ) and the glow pads? Are they just the same but pad versions? Thanks Lizzy

    1. Glow tonic is 5% glycolic. Glow peel pads are 20% glycolic, which you will need to rinse off after 3mins.

    2. Genius. Of course! Won't be rinsing from now on!! Thank you ❤️

    3. I absolutely love the glow pads and I don't rinse either!

  9. I use the LightStim at home - just have a hard time using it regularly since I get to bed so late. But this post has reminded me to start it up again - I love anything non-invasive that promotes better skin. Thanks.

  10. Can it be used during pregnancy?

  11. Hi Caroline,

    I've had some advise that this may help my rosacea, but it is so expensive and I can't find much information out there about it as a treatment option. Could you advise any places I could go to research this as a treatment option?

    I don't want to commit to such an expensive treatment without doing my research first, but I don't know where to start!

    Thank you!

  12. Hi Caroline, last year you were trying the Philips IPL hair removal device and thought that it was really good, kind of a game changer. I was wondering if one year on, you are still pleased with the results.

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  15. Hi Caroline, Would this work on reducing the appearance of pock marks/pitting on my cheeks from acne scarring please? If not can you recommend something that would work. Thanks x

  16. Another brand that do light therapy, Opatra were trying to flog me their £75 exfoliator yesterday. I didn't buy based on looking at the ingredients list - have you come across the product Caroline?
    (It's this one - She (the saleswoman) was trying to tell me how 'soothing', 'natural' and 'herbal' it was. IIRC 2nd was isoparrafin (so mineral oil) and 3rd lanolin alcohol (allergenic for many people). I would love to hear your thoughts on this expensive brand.