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How we think and feel about our bodies

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019.

The theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

The relationship between teenage acne and mental health issues, such as depression, has been the subject of extensive research and more recently, media coverage. Additionally new, promising, novel treatments have been developed to help alleviate the condition.

What is happening to the skin on the outside can have a profound effect on mental health

“The impact of acne may appear minimal to an observer but may be significant to the young person involved. There may be psychological effects as well. Adolescence is a time of low self-esteem, high peer pressure, rebellion against authority, and struggles to establish independence. The young person who has concerns about appearance will frequently choose to miss school, work, or social events, thus increasing feelings of depression and isolation. “
Iris Woodard, BSN, ANP Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing e Journal.

Acne vulgaris appears in teens and pre-teens just before or during puberty. This is the time in their life when they are most sensitive to any changes or modification to their body or appearance. A time when they are undergoing the maximum amount of social and physiological change and are most psychologically vulnerable. 30-50% of teens experience serious psychological difficulties that are a result of acne. Some of these difficulties include a feeling of isolation, managing emotions regarding their social interactions, body image and even sexuality in relation to the acne. For the teenager’s experiencing these psychological difficulties it is important to share these feelings with someone they trust and if possible peer to peer. This “Sharing” can be the first step to recovery

PEER HELP – Social Media

Social Media has played significant role in taking these isolated teenagers into a world where they connect with their peers ,who have the same anxiety issues over their acne, resulting in depression and isolation. Support groups now exist, with, for instance Instagram# teenageacne

What is the cause of acne ?

Acne is caused when tiny holes in the skin, known as hair follicles, become blocked.

Sebaceous glands are tiny glands found near the surface of the skin. The glands are attached to hair follicles, which are small holes in the skin that an individual hair grows out of.

Sebaceous glands lubricate the hair and the skin to stop it drying out. They do this by producing an oily substance called sebum.
In acne, the glands begin to produce too much sebum. The excess sebum mixes with dead skin cells and both substances form a plug in the follicle.

If the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, it bulges outwards, creating a whitehead. Alternatively, the plugged follicle can be open to the skin, creating a blackhead.

Normally harmless bacteria that live on the skin can then contaminate and infect the plugged follicles, causing papules, pustules, nodules or cysts.

Can Light Therapy Help ?

Depression doesn’t have a single definitive cause and we are not claiming that teenage acne is the leading cause of depression but it is a contributing factor to low self-esteem and negative body image, which can increases the risk of depression.

So, if there’s something we can do to help teens have higher self-esteem and to promote a positive self-image, we plan to do it!

AT HOME THERAPY DEVICES

“I think interest in light therapy is definitely increasing,” says Michael Hamblin, PhD, an associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. “Instead of trekking to the doctor’s office to have light shined on them, consumers can now shine light on themselves at home. The light is basically the same, there are few safety issues, and it is a fraction of the cost.. And thanks to the recent availability of low-cost, heat-free (and thus safer) light-emitting diodes (LEDs), there are more do-it-yourself gadgets for treating acne, depression, and pain online.”

At Home Blue light therapy – a noninvasive Acne treatment

Blue light is used to kill certain bacteria on the skin.

Q: How does blue light technology work?
A: Blue light kills the acne-causing bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes, or P acnes, which can cause inflammation. P acnes is sensitive to blue light. Using the blue light, eliminates the bacteria found in the oil glands in the skin. The added presence of infrared light (heat) in the home device causes the oil glands to shrink in size. The result is less oil in the skin and less bacteria, leading to the resolution of acne in the treated areas.

Q: Why is it effective?
A: Eliminating the bacteria from the skin with help from blue light decreases the inflammation associated with red pimples (papules) seen in acne. After a number of treatments, the blemishes disappear and skin regains its normal appearance.

Q: What are the benefits of at-home blue light treatments?
A: Home devices can be used at the convenience of the user, any time of the day or night and lead to significant skin improvements. The incredible advancements in at-home tools (LED Light Therapy Devices) allows for consumers to achieve efficacy on their own schedule.

Q: What results can be expected using blue light therapy?
A: Users of LED Blue Light Therapy have experienced a significant decrease in the number of acne lesions, both pimples and cysts, with a home device. Not only have they achieved better skin, there also has been a significant improvement in their self-confidence. Because most sufferers are young, the success of the treatment and reduction of their acne also helped their social life and interactions with others, both in a personal and a professional setting.

Q:What are the advantages of blue light therapy for acne ?
A:
Blue light therapy offers benefits over alternative acne treatments, as it is considered:

  • safe and gentle
  • painless
  • drug-free
  • appropriate for all areas of the body
  • suitable for use with most other acne therapies

Unlike photodynamic therapy, there is no requirement to avoid the sun following treatment. Blue light therapy does not cause any scarring.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology light therapies “show great promise in treating acne,” with many people experiencing a significant improvement in their skin health after a number of sessions.

Blue light therapy can be used to treat acne that is already present on the skin or to control the condition before an outbreak occurs.

Q:Why are “At Home” LED Light Therapy devices creating so much interest from consumers ?
A: Until quite recently, LED therapy was something that you could only really get at a dermatologist’s or esthetician’s clinic, but as LEDs have become easier to produce this has allowed the development of reasonably priced units for home use
Phototherapy or  light therapy, is used in different ways throughout skin care. Red LED frequency has been shown to stimulate collagen, while blue has been shown to kill acne-causing bacteria

More and more people are looking for natural treatments for acne and light therapy devices are a great addition .
In recent years, a growing number of blue light products have become available to treat acne at home.

Self-applied blue light treatment has been reported to be easy and safe to use.

A SAFE AND PROVEN THERAPY !

LED Light Therapy is the only aesthetic device that has no known contra-indications of any kind. It is good for all skin types, colours and conditions.

It is safe, painless, relaxing and non invasive.

Largely ignored by drug companies, up to this point, is that cells have an immense capability to heal themselves. With LED Light Therapy devices, you can kick start the body to regenerate and revitalize its cells which then allows them to renew themselves.

This is energy based medicine versus pharmaceutical-based medicine with it many issues of toxicity and cost.

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Shining light on oral health

A Novel “AT Home” LED Light Therapy Oral Health Device

“Technology employing blue light to improve oral ecology could be the most important advancement in maintaining periodontal health since the invention of the toothbrush.”- Dr. Goodman D.D.S., Forsyth Institute  Harvard Medical School

Scientists at the Forsyth Institute(1) have found that blue light can be used to selectively suppress certain bacteria commonly associated with destructive gum disease

 The research, published in the  Journal of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, suggests that light in the blue region of the visible spectrum is useful in preventing, controlling or treating periodontitis – an oral infection that can lead to loss of bone and teeth.

“Some of the key bacterial pathogens associated with periodontitis produce and accumulate compounds that are sensitive to light,” said Nikos Soukos, Director of the Forsyth Laboratory of Applied Molecular Photomedicine and the principal investigator. “We found that, when exposed to particular wavelengths of light, a percentage of those pathogens was eradicated within seconds.” Another important finding was that when the proportion of such pathogens was           reduced, the proportion of other, potentially helpful, bacteria increased

The current research stemmed from an observation by Max Goodson, Director of Clinical Research at Forsyth, that the blue light used in a tooth whitening procedure appeared to decrease inflammation of the gums.

BACKGROUND – Previous Forsyth research has shown that as many as 700 different types of oral bacteria may be found in dental plaque that accumulates on teeth. While some bacteria appear to be benign or even helpful, others may invade and destroy gum tissue and bone—leading to loss of teeth, and, possibly, to infection elsewhere in the body.

Among the more destructive bacteria are so called “black-pigmented bacteria” (BPB) which have been implicated as pathogens associated with periodontitis . This bacteria accumulates black pigment organisms called porphyrins. These porphyrins are photosensitive, and, when activated by visible light , induce a photodynamic reaction which kills the microorganism within seconds.

In embarking on their research, Soukos and Goodson knew, from published reports, that porphyrins absorb blue light more readily than red or green light. The team used a device to shine mainly blue light (wavelengths ranging from 380 to 520 nanometers) on pure cultures of BPB and on dental plaque samples obtained from individuals with chronic periodontitis. They found that the light rapidly killed BPB  in pure cultures and that it selectively eliminated BPB in the plaque samples containing 500-600 different bacteria. The research team concluded that intraoral light exposure can selectively reduce pathogens in dental plaque.

The findings could lead to new methods of preventing or controlling periodontal disease. Such methods would be rapid, non-invasive and nontoxic, Sukos said.

  • HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL –  FORSYTH INSTITUTE  INFO The Forsyth Institute is the world’s leading independent research institute dedicated to improving oral health, and reducing interrelated systemic diseases and conditions. Forsyth’s portfolio includes basic, translational and clinical research, an active technology transfer and corporate relations effort, and community programs that benefit underserved populations locally, nationally and internationally.

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM (UK)

Photobiomodulation Research Group

“Currently the application of LLLT in dentistry and for the treatment of oral disease is limited despite the worldwide growing evidence for its broad efficacious application. Some evidence is however now emerging in favour of the therapeutic application of LLLT in a wide range of oral hard and soft tissues areas, including key dental specialties such as; endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, oral medicine and oral surgery.”(2)

“Further studies in this exciting therapeutic area are warranted to develop novel devices whose application is underpinned by a sound scientific basis. It is therefore the aim of our Photobiomodulation Research Group to undertake key projects and studies which will identify the physical and biological parameters necessary to enable optimal clinical efficacy.”

(2)Milward MR, Holder MJ, Palin WM, Hadis MA, Carroll JD, Cooper PR. Low level light therapy (LLLT) for the treatment and management of dental and oral diseases. Dent Update 2014; 41: 763-772.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE LED ORAL THERAPY DEVICE

LED Technologies, a leading global manufacturer of LED based Light Therapy Devices, set its sights on developing a novel LED Oral Therapy device which, produced the required light frequency, could be safely used as an “At Home” device and would fit comfortably into the mouth. Additionally at an affordable price.

The result of the Research and Development has been the production of the DPL Oral Care device which has gained FDA (USA) 510k approval.

The DPL device offers three types of light emitting diodes (LEDs) of Red, Infrared and Blue which are medically proven to effectively increase circulation to stimulate gum tissues, destroy harmful bacteria and relieve pain in as little as 10 minutes a day.

The unit fits easily into the mouth (similar to a mouth guard) to accommodate upper and lower teeth and gum areas while the powerful LED light wavelengths target the gums. A total of 30 powerful LEDs bathe the upper and lower gum areas. The specific wavelengths in the blue and red spectrum of light have been scientifically proven to kill harmful bacteria which is the root cause of gum disease and gingivitis. It is light weight, portable, and easy to use, the cordless mouthpiece offers one-button hands free operation

THE BENEFITS

  • Kills bacteria that causes gum disease and bad breath
  • Reduces build-up of plaque and tartar
  • Treats and prevents gum issues including gingivitis and sores
  • Decreases tooth sensitivity and inflammation of the gums
  • Promotes overall healthier gums and teeth
  • Helps Denture-Related Stomatitis, Halitosis, and Erosion

Until recently Light Therapy Treatment was only available from your oral care professional. The development of, this reasonably priced “At Home” LED Oral Care Light Therapy unit, providing the same medical grade treatment for less than the cost of a single clinic visit has been a major game changer.

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Blue light is used  to kill certain bacteria on the skin.

Q: How does blue light technology work?
A: Blue light kills the acne-causing bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes, or P acnes, which can cause inflammation. P acnes is sensitive to blue light. Using the blue light, eliminates the bacteria found in the oil glands in the skin. The added presence of infrared light (heat) in the home device causes the oil glands to shrink in size. The result is less oil in the skin and less bacteria, leading to the resolution of acne in the treated areas.

Q: Why is it effective?
A: Eliminating the bacteria from the skin with help from blue light decreases the inflammation associated with red pimples (papules) seen in acne. After a number of treatments, the blemishes disappear and skin regains its normal appearance.

Q: What are the benefits of at-home blue light treatments?
A: Home devices can be used at the convenience of the user, any time of the day or night and lead to significant skin improvements. The incredible advancements in at-home tools (LED Light Therapy Devices) allows for consumers to achieve efficacy on their own schedule.

Q: What results can be expected using blue light therapy?
A: Users of LED Blue Light Therapy have experienced a significant decrease in the number of acne lesions, both pimples and cysts, with a home device. Not only have they achieved better skin, there also has been a significant improvement in their self-confidence. Because most sufferers are young, the success of the treatment and reduction of their acne also helped their social life and interactions with others, both in a personal and a professional setting.

What are the advantages of blue light therapy for acne ?

A: Blue light therapy offers benefits over alternative acne treatments, as it is considered:

  • safe and gentle
  • painless
  • drug-free
  • appropriate for all areas of the body
  • suitable for use with most other acne therapies

Unlike photodynamic therapy, there is no requirement to avoid the sun following treatment. Blue light therapy does not cause any scarring.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology light therapies “show great promise in treating acne,” with many people experiencing a significant improvement in their skin health after a number of sessions.

Blue light therapy can be used to treat acne that is already present on the skin or to control the condition before an outbreak occurs.

Why are “At Home” LED Light Therapy devices creating so much interest from consumers ?

A: Until quite recently, LED therapy was something that you could only really get at a dermatologist’s or esthetician’s clinic, but as LEDs have become easier to produce this has allowed the development of reasonably priced units for home use

Phototherapy or  light therapy, is used in different ways throughout skin care. Red LED frequency has been shown to stimulate collagen, while blue has been shown to kill acne-causing bacteria

More and more people are looking for natural treatments for acne and light therapy devices are a great addition .

In recent years, a growing number of blue light products have become available to treat acne at home.

Self-applied blue light treatment has been reported to be easy and safe to use.

A SAFE AND PROVEN THERAPY !

LED Light Therapy is the only aesthetic device that has no known contra-indications of any kind. It is good for all skin types, colours and conditions.

It is safe, painless, relaxing and non invasive.

Largely ignored by drug companies, up to this point, is that cells have an immense capability to heal themselves. With LED Light Therapy devices, you can kick start the body to regenerate and revitalize its cells which then allows them to renew themselves.

This is energy based medicine versus pharmaceutical-based medicine with it many issues of toxicity and cost.

 

 

 

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What makes it good for your skin ?

You may have heard of it referred to as Blue Light or Red Light therapy, or maybe DPL or reVive Light Therapy. While DPL (Deep Penetrating  Light) and reVive Light Therapy are actual brand names and red or blue light refers to the type of treatment ( red is great for lines and wrinkles while blue is used to treat acne) essentially these are forms of LED light therapy.

But What Is It ?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is a computer chip encased in a glass resin, which emits therapeutic wavelengths (or colours) of light energy.

Providing the therapeutic energy is the correct wavelength, the cells in the dermis layer of skin will convert that light energy into ATP ( adenosine triphosphate), which is fuel that the cell uses to do its job. The fibroblast cells in the dermis layer have the job of producing collagen (which give the skin fullness and that plump look) and elastin (which gives the skin the ability to bounce back) LED Light Therapy gives the cells “a full tank of fuel” and those fibroblast cells start to produce collagen and elastin just like when we were younger.

LED Light Therapy reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves uneven skin tone, reduces pore size and brightens the skin. The result is the complexion is plumped  up with the new collagen (which pushes folds of the wrinkles out) and new elastin (which helps tighten the skin and give more elasticity)

LED Light Therapy is also an effective pain-free approach to treating skin concerns such as hyper-pigmentation, rosacea and acne.

Blue light therapy uses light in the blue wavelength range to kill the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes, on the skin.

Blue light treatment is generally recognized as a safe, effective and non-invasive acne treatment. It is a great alternative to prescription oral or topical treatments which can be harsh or irritating to the skin

THE HOME ADVANTAGE ! – The Game Changer !

The new generation of At-Home LED Light Therapy has been a total game changer for the consumer wanting to take advantage of this revolutionary therapy in the comfort of their own home at an affordable price.

SAFE AND PROVEN THERAPY

LED Light Therapy is the only aesthetic device that has no contra-indications of any kind. It is good for all skin types, colours and conditions.

It is safe, painless, relaxing and non invasive.

Largely ignored by drug companies, up to this point, is that cells have an immense capability to heal themselves. With LED Light Therapy devices, you can kick start the body to regenerate and revitalize its cells which then allows them to renew themselves.

This is energy based medicine versus pharmaceutical-based medicine with it many issues of toxicity and cost.

ABOUT US

Posted on: 28/02/2019

Brilliant Light Therapy (BLT) was formed to bring PBM- LED Therapy to consumers in both the UK and EU to provide the most technically advanced products, at a reasonable price and to provide unrivalled technical and customer support

The emergence and interest in Light Therapy has been fuelled by the consumer seeking out therapies which are non-invasive, drug free and effective.

Photo-biomodulation (PBM), also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), is an emerging medical technique in which exposure to low-level laser light or light emitting diodes (LEDs) stimulate cellular function leading to beneficial clinical effects.

Photo-biomodulation has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back and neck pain. Over 700 randomised clinical trials have been published on Photo-biomodulation, half of which are on pain.

Light therapy has a “Cumulative” effect and should be used  at least once daily for the best outcome. However , although the therapy is widely used in clinics (USA) the  treatment regime is not ideal due the scheduling and inherent costs  of therapy appointments. The need for effective, reasonably priced “Home” units has resulted in a variety of “Home use” devices being developed for Anti-Aging, Pain, Acne and Oral Health.

As a prominent physician pointed out “ If you need oxygen you have a unit at home you don’t go to a clinic 3 times a week to get your oxygen. Light therapy is needed at least  daily and therefore the only practical solution is a home unit”

LED Light Therapy has become one of the most effective and accepted interventions for improved health and wellness. Our range of devices provide infrared, red, amber and blue light.

 INFRARED LIGHT invisible to the naked eye, IR light penetrates deeper than any other color in the spectrum. Combating the signs of aging and accelerates healing of wounds, cuts, and damage.

RED LIGHT  reaches deep layers of the skin, where it stimulates cellular repair and increases circulation to promote a more vibrant, youthful complexion. Red and IR light work synergistically to deliver optimal skin rejuvenation.

 AMBER LIGHT Brings vitality to dull complexions, Amber light reduces the appearance of redness, swelling and inflammation. This color of light is beneficial for rosacea and the treatment of burns, including sunburns.

BLUE LIGHT – Proven to have powerful anti-bacterial properties, blue light is used to treat mild to moderate acne. Blue light also helps to purify the skin, stabilize oil glands, and soothe inflammation.