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Harnessing the Healing Power: Red Light Therapy for Eczema Relief
Harnessing the Healing Power: Red Light Therapy for Eczema Relief

Harnessing the Healing Power: Red Light Therapy for Eczema Relief

Avantir Wellness - November 23, 2023 Array

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition characterised by red, itchy rashes that can affect individuals of all ages. Eczema frequently begins in childhood and may persist into adulthood.

It is estimated that 1 in 10 adults in Singapore suffer from eczema, and nearly 1 in 5 Singaporean babies and children have eczema. It isn’t surprising then that, in recent years, eczema has become the most common skin ailment seen at the National Skin Centre (NSC).

Living with eczema is tough—it not only brings physical and social challenges but also makes finding the proper treatment tricky. People with eczema have to identify their triggers and figure out what works for them through a mix of lifestyle changes and different therapies.

Common Causes of Eczema

Eczema is a complex skin condition with no single known cause. Instead, it is believed to result from a combination of genetic, environmental, and immune system factors such as:

  • Family history: Eczema often runs in families. If parents or siblings have eczema, children are more likely to develop it.
  • Immune system dysfunction: In individuals with eczema, the immune system tends to overreact to triggers, leading to inflammation and skin irritation.
  • Defective skin barrier: Some people with eczema have a compromised skin barrier. This means their skin has difficulty retaining moisture and keeping irritants out. As a result, the skin becomes dry, prone to infection, and susceptible to allergens.

Research has shown that as many as 30% of individuals with eczema carry a gene mutation affecting the production of filaggrin, a crucial protein responsible for maintaining a healthy protective barrier on the skin’s surface.

When the body doesn’t generate enough filaggrin to establish this protective layer, it results in significant moisture loss, making the skin susceptible to bacteria and viruses. This, in turn, leads to chronic inflammation and is a critical factor in the development of the dry and infection-prone skin commonly observed in individuals with eczema.

red light therapy for eczema

Symptoms of Eczema Include:

  • Itching: Persistent and intense itching is a hallmark of eczema, often leading to discomfort and sleep disturbances.
  • Inflammation: The affected skin areas may become red, swollen, and inflamed.
  • Dryness: Eczema-prone skin tends to be dry and easily irritated, making it susceptible to flaring up.
  • Rashes: Eczema manifests as red or brownish-grey patches, which may blister and ooze in severe cases.

Understanding Red Light Therapy for Eczema

Eczema brings with it not only physical discomfort but also emotional distress. For example, severe eczema often results in reduced self-esteem, sleep disturbance, loss of concentration at school or work, social withdrawal, depression and increased leave from school or work.

While conventional treatments have long been a mainstay, red light therapy has emerged as a promising and non-invasive solution for eczema relief.

Also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation (PBM), red light therapy involves exposure to low red or near-infrared light levels. This light penetrates the skin, stimulating cellular activity and promoting natural healing processes.

This therapeutic approach has shown success in promoting healing, reducing inflammation, and improving overall skin health.

red light therapy for eczema

How Red Light Therapy Works

Red light therapy works at the cellular level by enhancing mitochondrial function. Mitochondria, often referred to as the powerhouse of cells, absorbs red light, leading to increased energy production and improved cellular performance. In the context of eczema, this translates to reduced inflammation, enhanced tissue repair, and a more balanced skin environment.

In one study, researchers followed 81 eczema patients for nearly a year, measuring how their symptoms progressed with regular treatments. They checked how the eczema rashes changed before, during, and after each weekly 2-minute red light therapy session.

Surprisingly, even with such short sessions, the study found significant improvements in common eczema symptoms like less swelling, flaking, and redness. Notably, there were “no negative effects during or after” the red light sessions, confirming that other studies have also found that red light therapy is safe and effective for skin and overall health.

Benefits of Red Light Therapy for Eczema:

  1. Reduced Inflammation:

Red light therapy has anti-inflammatory properties, helping to calm the overactive immune response associated with eczema. By minimising inflammation, this therapy may alleviate the redness, itching, and discomfort commonly experienced by individuals with eczema.

  1. Improved Skin Barrier Function:

A compromised skin barrier often characterises eczema. Red light therapy has been shown to support the restoration of the skin barrier, reducing moisture loss and preventing irritants from penetrating the skin. This can contribute to long-term improvements in skin health.

  1. Enhanced Wound Healing:

Eczema-prone skin is more susceptible to scratches and abrasions. Red light therapy accelerates the healing of wounds and promotes tissue repair, potentially reducing the risk of infection and scarring associated with persistent scratching.

  1. Minimal Side Effects:

Unlike conventional approaches, red light therapy is non-invasive and generally associated with minimal side effects. This makes it a viable option for individuals seeking a gentle yet practical approach to managing eczema symptoms.

Red and near-infrared (NIR) light have also exhibited effectiveness in treating acne, refining overall skin quality, combating premature skin ageing, and enhancing skin elasticity and firmness, making it a helpful tool for eczema management and general skin care.

red light therapy for eczema

NovoTHOR Red Light Therapy for Eczema at Avantir Wellness

At Avantir Wellness, we understand the impact of eczema on your well-being, and we offer a cutting-edge solution – the NovoTHOR Whole Body Red Light Bed. This state-of-the-art therapy utilises red and near-infrared light to address eczema comprehensively.

Advantages of NovoTHOR Whole-Body Red Light Therapy for Eczema Relief:

  • Holistic Approach: The NovoTHOR Red Light Bed targets your whole body from head to toe, providing a comprehensive and efficient solution for eczema management.
  • Healing from Within: The problem with most eczema solutions is that they only address the symptoms. NovoTHOR works at the cellular level to support the body’s healing mechanisms, offering the potential for simultaneous relief from various conditions.
  • Free From Side Effects: Experience relief without worrying about side effects commonly associated with traditional medications.
  • Time-Efficient Sessions: With just 20 minutes in the NovoTHOR bed, you can enjoy optimal therapeutic effects, making it a convenient option for your busy schedule.

To experience the transformative benefits of NovoTHOR Whole Body Red Light Therapy, visit us at:

451 Joo Chiat Rd, #02-13 Katong Point,

Singapore, 427664.

Embark on a journey to radiant skin and improved well-being. To reserve your red light therapy session, contact us via email at team@avantirwellness.com  or WhatsApp at (+65) 8852 0279. Our dedicated wellness consultants are here to guide you towards a healthier future with NovoTHOR at Avantir Wellness.

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