Why a Phototherapy Session Is Perfect in the Winter

Woman having phototherapy on her face Why a Phototherapy Session Is Perfect in the Winter

When it comes to investing in cosmetic dermatology services, phototherapy might not be the first treatment that comes to mind. This treatment comes in many forms, and winter is the perfect time to invest. Here's what you need to know.

What to Know About Phototherapy

How Does Phototherapy Help Skin?

Phototherapy goes by many different names because there are so many different applications for light when it comes to skincare. Needless to say this treatment has seen major innovation in the last few decades. From light therapy for vitiligo to laser tattoo removal and laser stretch mark removal, there are numerous applications for phototherapy in the skincare industry. One of the most prominent uses of phototherapy has been to improve skin texture and to treat enlarged oil glands. In addition to contributing to a smoother complexion, this form of phototherapy may actually help reduce the occurrence of acne flare ups in some patients. Not only that, but phototherapy is also an excellent option to consider if you want to treat fine lines and wrinkles. And as we mentioned earlier, light therapies are used to help restore pigmentation in patients who are affected by vitiligo. Now that we've reviewed how phototherapy can help skin, let's take a look at a few different phototherapy treatments you should consider investing in.

Laser Treatments

If you're looking into phototherapy, laser treatments will likely make up the bulk of the options available to you. Treatments like laser tattoo removal, laser stretch mark removal, and laser hair removal are all under the umbrella of this type of phototherapy for skincare. It's even possible to treat conditions like spider veins and varicose veins with laser therapies. In addition, laser therapies have been used to reduce the appearance of acne scarring on the skin and even treat a few different types of skin cancer. This particular form of phototherapy is popular due to its precision, which makes it ideal for zeroing in on hyper-specific areas and delicate skin.

LED Light Therapy

As we mentioned above, some forms of phototherapy can be used to treat conditions like vitiligo. LED (light emitting diodes) treatment is the primary method by which that happens. But this type of phototherapy isn't just to restore pigment to skin. LED therapy can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's possible to use LED therapy like this because it's the most gentle form of phototherapy available for skincare. It also comes in two different forms: red light and blue light. Red light is typically used for anti-aging treatments and may be used to treat skin inflammation in patients living with conditions like rosacea. Blue light, on the other hand, is primarily used to treat acne on the face. It may also be used to treat precancerous spots.

Why Is Winter the Best Time to Invest in Phototherapy?

While some forms of phototherapy are fairly gentle on the skin, investing in any kind of light therapy for your skin means you're going to be a little bit sensitive afterwards. You may experience redness and tenderness in the treatment area, as well as sensitivity to light. Winter is the perfect time to invest in this treatment because there's typically less sunlight during the day and you're more likely to stay inside. In addition, the days are shorter and provide fewer opportunities for sun exposure.


Phototherapy can be an excellent treatment for a number of skin conditions. Book your consultation with SE Dermatology Specialists today.

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