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The Light Fantastic: Photobiology and Light Emitting Diodes

By: Erin Madigan-Fleck
Posted: January 31, 2014, from the February 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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As with any esthetic treatment, precautions warrant consideration and may indicate possible contraindications, such as pregnancy, thyroid conditions, asthma, epilepsy, migraines, steroids (topical or systemic), NSAIDS, antibiotics and other light-sensitive medications. Due to the nanometer variables, the quantity of LED bulbs on an instrument and the individual device design, protocol recommendations will be varied. Because of this, it is always important to refer to the manufacturer guidelines and recommended protocols.

The science-based evidence of the benefits from the use of LED presents skin care professionals with opportunities to identify and utilize this noninvasive therapy in the assisted care of some of the most common—and often the most difficult—skin conditions encountered in the treatment room.



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