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Is It Ok For Me To Wash My Face After Blue Light Therapy Treatment?

While most people won’t know how they are going to respond to light therapy before they try it, it is important to know as many facts beforehand so you can get the best possible result.

So is it ok to wash my face after blue light therapy?  Keeping the skin hydrated after blue light therapy is essential so washing it with a gentile cleaner that will hydrate rather than dry out is important.  It is also advisable to use warm or cool water, but never hot.

Blue light therapy can be used for a range of skin conditions.  It is performed using a special solution (liquid), cream or sometimes an intravenous drug and a light source which activates the solution or drug.  It sensitizes the skin to light and has been found effective in conditions such as certain types of acne, superficial skin cancers and sun damaged skin.

But once your treatment is over, how do you care for your skin?  Can you wash it as normal?  Do you need special creams and lotions?  What condition will your skin be in and what can you expect?

Everyone Is Unique and Responds Differently

There are many factors that influence how a person will respond and how they will need to care for their skin post treatment.  They include:

  • The severity of their condition
  • Skin type
  • The length of treatment
  • The starting condition of their skin
  • Their individual immune system response

The more you wash, the more it is going to dry out the skin and that will lead to increased discomfort.

How Should I Wash My Face?

There isn’t a specific method for washing your face post treatment, but there are some guidelines.

  1. Never use hot water – warm is best
  2. Wash gently, never vigorously
  3. Never use products with fragrances in them
  4. Gently pat dry when finished
  5. Apply an unscented moisturizer with a gentle patting motion (not dragging on the skin) when finished

The skin is sensitive, so it is imperative when washing not to drag the skin in any way.  Patting or small circles is best and light pressure.  Try not to wash too many times in a day or for too long.  The more you wash, the more it is going to dry out the skin and that will lead to increased discomfort.

Why Should I Wash My Face?

Following treatment, it is extremely important to keep the treated area clean with as minimal washing as possible. You don’t want to dry out the area and too much or too vigorously washing can aggravate the skin resulting in an increased feeling of heat and tenderness.

While it may be tempting not to wash, dirt and dust particles that are in the air naturally can lead to infection if they penetrate the skin. Infection can lead to scaring and further complications, so it is important to keep the area clean.

Use of a good moisturizer afterwards will ensure your skin does not dry out and can be soothing and reduce the feeling of heat.

To help calm the skin, you can gently soak the area with a solution of 1 tsp white vinegar in 1 cup of water. Moisturize gently afterwards.

7 Day Plan of What You Should Do Following A Blue Light Therapy Treatment

Day 1Avoid the sun and strong lightFor the first 48 hours it is important to avoid the sun.  Your skin will be super sensitive to light and being in the sun will damage your skin.
This also includes strong sunlight coming through the windows.  Draw the curtains and if you need to go outside, protect the skin with special sunscreens, a hat and scarf etc.  Make sure the skin is covered.
 Keep the area dryWhile it is important for the treated area not to dry out, it is also important not to have it constantly wet.
 You can wash your faceWash using cool or warm water and a gentle, moisturizing cleanser.  Never use hot water as it will dry out your skin
 No showeringTry to avoid showering or bathing on the first day of treatment
 Use unscented moisturizer if necessaryIf the area starts to weep or forms a crust, you can use an unscented moisturizer and lightly apply it to the area.  This should help to ease any discomfort
 Mild SwellingThere may be mild swelling that may last from 1 – 3 days
Day 2Avoid the sun and strong lightThis will be the 2nd day that you need to avoid sunlight to protect the skin
 Washing your faceWashing the skin is fine but once again, warm water, never hot as it will increase discomfort
 Shower and bathe as normalUsing warm water but not hot.  Very hot water will dry out the area and increase discomfort.
 SwellingSwelling may continue but for some, it may subside on day 2
 MoisturizeContinue to use an unscented moisturizer if weeping persists or if the crust is drying out and uncomfortable
 Men – no shavingFor men, no shaving until day 4 after treatment
 Soaking with a solution to calm heatYou can gently soak the area with a solution of 1 tsp white vinegar to 1 cup of water.  Soak a soft cloth (not toweling but something like linen or calico) and gently place over the affected area.  Replace as necessary in a 15 minute period.  This will help to calm any heat you may be experiencing.  Moisturize gently afterwards with an unscented moisturizer as natural as possible.  If you don’t have anything else, you could use petroleum jelly.
 Never pick!Don’t pick the crust or scab if one is starting to form.  It can damage the skin and cause scaring.
Days 3 – 7Bathe and shower as normalShowering and bathing as normal but don’t use any scented or strong products on the face.
 Men – shavingIf the skin feels good, men can shave from day 4 onwards.  If some sensitivity, leave it a couple more days
 MoisturizersWhile normal moisturizers could be used from day 4 or 5 onwards, I would encourage you to continue to use the unscented one for 7 days and then go back to your normal products
 Stay out of the sunWhile you may not need to cover up like a Mummy, make sure you still wear a hat and protect your skin until day 7.  No going to the beach and sunbathing!
Post 7 daysSunscreenIt is important to still protect your skin against the sun.  When outside, wear a sunscreen with SPF minimum 30, 50 would be even better if you can get it.  This stops the sun doing further damage to your skin and maintains the positive effects of the blue light therapy treatment

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Blue Light Therapy?

Most people see a huge improvement in 48 hours, but effects can persist up to 7 days.  There are ways that you can help relieve any discomfort if you follow a few simple steps.  If you understand what you can and can’t do for the first 7 days, then recovery will be quicker and the results will be more permanent.

Suggested Products for Post Treatment Care:

If you are looking for some lotions to use if your skin is inflamed and uncomfortable, here are some suggestions with 1% hydrocortisone. 

PLEASE NOTE:  These are only suggestions of creams that may be suitable, but all skin types are different as are levels of sensitivity.  You must test a small area first to establish suitability.

1% hydrocortisone cream for after blue light therapy

Plant based topical cream for after blue light therapy treatment

Quality Light Therapy Under $100

With so many light therapy products on the market how do you know which one is for you?

If you are looking for a quality light therapy lamp under $100, it is hard to go past the Miroco Light therapy Lamp. It is compact, has both full and high intensity light and even has a 60 minute timer.

Featuring the same 6500K color temperature of natural sunlight, this light therapy lamp is ideal in helping to combat the symptoms of winter blues, jet lag and sleep challenges due to changing work night shifts.

It boasts 10,000 lux so is full spectrum light which you need for light therapy to be effective. Our hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain are affected heavily by the presence of light, which is why many suffer from symptoms of depression seasonally, in the darker, colder months. The daily use of a lamp such as this can help combat symptoms during those times.


One of the things that makes this particular light therapy lamp so popular is the price. For well under $100 (around $69.99 in most places), this light lamp provides the help needed at an affordable cost. It is also perfect for applying makeup (not too bright but bright enough to see detail) and could be used as a reading light if you wanted to.

Re-energize yourself by setting an automatic timer from 10-60min in 10 minute intervals; long press any button 1.5s to cancel timing function.

Adjustable lamp head (angle range 55°) allows to adapt to each unique environment; Aluminum alloy stand with four rubber mat is stable and stylish.


  • Extra-Large Light Surface & UV-Free Light Therapy Light: Surface area (9. 8 x 6. 7in); Emulating the energizing power of a bright sunny day, the lamp delivers the recommended 10,000Lux for effective light therapy
  • Adjustable Brightness: With smooth dimmer, you can set it to the best level according to the environment, distance and your sensitivity with just a simple touch
  • Built-In Timer: Re-energize yourself by setting an automatic timer from 10-60min in 10 minute intervals; long press any button 1.5s to cancel timing function
  • Stable Therapy Lamp with Tilting Head: adjustable lamp head (angle range 55°) allows to adapt to each unique environment; Aluminum alloy stand with four rubber mat is stable and stylish
  • Memory Function: Helps you quickly turn on your light from last brightness letting

Miroco Light Therapy Lamp With Full Spectrum Light

What’s in the Box?

1 x Miroco Light Therapy Lamp
1 x Power Adapter
1 x User Guide

Can Blue Light Therapy Help Pre-cancerous Skin Conditions?

Living in a climate that is hot and sunny with high UV rays for most of the year, Australians are known as having one of the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world.

So can blue light therapy help pre-cancerous skin conditions? Yes. Blue light therapy uses a specific light souce and has been found highly effective in treating sun damaged and precancerous skin conditions, especially when used in conjunction with specific drugs as the activator.

Our Australian national catch cry of “slip on a shirt, slap on sunscreen and slap on a hat” (slip, slop, slap) has battled for years to educate people in the necessities of prevention.

But still, when you live in a climate like we do and are in the sun as often as we are, even with prevention, skin cancer is at an all time high.

So How Does Light Therapy Help Pre-Cancerous or Cancerous Skin?

Light therapy for skin conditions involves either a blue or red light and different activators depending on the condition. If you have pre-cancers (or actinic keratosis), common treatments from dermatologists are either freezing or creams. Now there is also light therapy.

While you can use just light therapy alone, it is most beneficial when used in conjunction with an internal drug (which activates the light). When the 2 are used together, this is called Photodynamic Therapy (or PDT). The goals of PDT, freezing and cream treatments are the same.

If you have 1 or 2 precancers, freezing or creams are usually used. Sometimes they will freeze the spot and then leave it to see if more develop. But if you start developing multiple the important question that is unanswered is how many more are lurking below the skin’s surface?

People in this category need what we call a “field treatment”. It is where an area is treated rather than just a single spot. Light therapy treatments for precancerous conditions involves a very specific light source and a very specific activator for that light source. These 2 together cause preferential localized damage to the cells that are trying to turn cancerous.

Doesn’t Applying More Light To Something Caused by Light Cause Further Damage?

The obvious question you may ask is “if sun damage (a light source) caused the problem in the first place, aren’t we just making things worse?”

The answer is yes and no. We are making things worse or causing damage to those cells that need to be disrupted. The ones that are trying to become cancerous. The combination of light and activation stops these cells from turning by causing damage to the potential cancerous parts. But there is no damage to the cells that are not trying to turn cancerous.

Do I Need To Do Anything to Prepare For Light Therapy?

Here are the essentials to prepare the area to be treated so you can get the most out of your treatments:

  • Prepare the area to be treated by thoroughly washing it with a gentle cleanser and then pat dry. It is important not to put anything on your skin – no skin products of any kind.
  • If you are treating an area with hair, shave the hair 2 days prior to treating. Hair can interfere with the light’s ability to penetrate deeply into the skin. Light can’t penetrate through the hair into the skin to do what it needs to do.

Things to Look Out For and Be Aware Of:

If you have any of the conditions below, it may make the process not as effective.

  • Known cutaneous photosensitivities
  • Porphyria
  • Known allergies to porphyrins
  • Sensitivities to any of the components used topically in light therapy
  • If you get cold sores. – If using a light therapy and a product as the activation, that activation could lead to a cold sore. You may need to go on suppressing medication if you are prone to cold sores.

What Are the Possible Side Effects?

Even though photodynamic therapy has less potential side effects than creams or freezing, there are still possible side effects. These are:

  • Scaling and/or crusting of the treated area
  • Permanent lightening or darkening of the skin of the treated area
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Severe stinging and/or burning at one or more lesions being treated

For some people, taking a non-drowsy antihistamine like Claritine, or Zyrtec for a couple of days can sometimes alleviate symptoms.

Does Anodyne Therapy Relieve Pain?

Does Anodyne Therapy really work in relieving acute and chronic pain? Using infrared light, Anodyne therapy has been found to be effective in relieving muscular aches and pains, chronic pain, decreased circulation and peripheral neuropathy.

Everyone suffers pain at one time or another, but if you have ever been the recipient of chronic, ongoing pain, you will know that it is exhausting!  Constant pain that just doesn’t go away, even with pain medication is a battle that many people face.  You may not even know if someone is in pain day in and day out but that has been my story for years.  Diagnosis after diagnosis, expensive and dangerous pain medications but still not the relief I was looking for.

That was my story. (If you want to read my whole story, read it here) Rheumatoid arthitus, Lupus, Fibromyalgia – I have been diagnosed with all of them at some point in my life, but the bottom line was, I was in chronic pain all the time.

They put me on 75mg of prednisone with a warning that the side effects would give me a stomach ulcer and I would go blind, with a whole host of other things. I was 32 years old and when I asked what happens when they can’t increase the dose anymore and I am 45 years old? They just shrugged their shoulders.

I knew it was not what I wanted so I took myself off all medication and went looking for natural solutions.

That was until I found Anodyne Therapy.  As a bonus, it is totally natural.  I am not putting anything foreign into my body and the relief I experience when using it brings tears to my eyes.

I never thought that something as simple as a retro, alien looking red lamp could get me up and functional again.  Not just any lamp, this therapy was able to be purchased and used at home.  While the initial outlay was not what I would call cheap, it ended my decade long search for something that would finally bring relief.

What is Anodyne Therapy?

Anodyne Therapy is a unique light therapy used to manage or relieve pain, stiffness, muscle spasm and circulation irregularities both acute and chronic ones. This infrared therapy effectively relieves pain without the use of pain killers and is completely non-invasive.  It is usually given with physical therapy and applied to the area where patient’s experiences maximum pain or circulation irregularities. It was first introduced in 1994.

The key to improvement in blood flow with light therapy is Nitric Oxide. It is the body’s most powerful vasodilator.  It relaxes the arteries, which helps regulate blood pressure, fights free radicals, and discourages platelets from clumping together in blood vessels and forming lymphedema. The infrared light therapy assists the body to discharge this gas from blood cells. This process makes the therapy simple and painless.

Red Light Therapy Device by Hooga for Muscle Recovery, Energy, Performance.

Anodyne Therapy uses a specialized machine to emit only a specific wavelength of the light spectrum via lasers, LEDs, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps and very bright full-spectrum light for a prescribed amount of time. Each wavelength in the light spectrum is said to possess specific qualities. Light therapy machines are able to offer more useful wavelength than by exposure to direct sunlight.

How Does Infrared Light Therapy Work?

Pain is one of the major problems that people encounter today. It is a big obstacle in mobility and independence in performing activities of daily living. Millions of people suffer with Peripheral Neuropathy or Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy but until recently there were no treatments found to treat this painful disorder. Not until Anodyne Therapy with the scientific name of monochromatic infrared photo energy (MIRE) was discovered.

Serfory Red Light Therapy Device, Therapy Light Deep 660nm for Improved Blood Circulation and Skin

One way to manage pain is by the use of heat. Heat is the oldest way and the most basic approach used to relieve pain. Anodyne therapy uses heat in treating pain. This discovery is also called light therapy or photo therapy since the device emits a specific wavelength of light to stimulate the affected area helping circulation irregularities go away. The word anodyne means a medical treatment that soothes and relieves pain.

Anodyne Therapy equipment can consist of several types of lamps. Some have four pads that congruently conform to the body part or injured area where they are applied. Each pad has sixty tiny infrared sources. The pads are applied onto the skin so that maximum amount of absorption can take place. When they emit Infrared Thermal Energy, they can penetrate up to depth of 5cm into the body.

Some are handheld devices and others are table or floor lamps that can be manipulated to get just the right angle for it to shine on the affected area as the user sits or lies in front of it.

Led Red Light Therapy Lamp for 660nm

How Long Do Anodyne Sessions Take?

It depends on the type of lamp and the condition but typically, the Anodyne Therapy process last for 20-30 minutes but its effects may persist several hours.  One of the advantages of this therapy is that the pad or lamp head is very flexible and can be place anywhere on the body. Anodyne Therapy is suitable for anyone who is suffering from chronic pain, muscle aches and. So, don’t waste time, get one for your elders to help them appreciate life even at their age.

Carex Day-Light Sky Therapy Lamp

There are so many light lamp products on the market now, how on earth do you choose the right one? The range in price from $30 right through to $300. So how do you know what you need so you can meet those needs with the right product?

This Carex lamp is known as a Carex Day-Light Sky Bright Light Therapy Lamp. it is 10,000 Lux which is the recommended strength for daily use.

If you are not sure what Lux is or how much you need and why check out my article all about Lux and how much you need.

10,000 Lux is known as full spectrum light therapy and if you are suffering from depression, negative moods and thoughts, this is a good model for you.

So What Do I Like About This Lamp?

  • Size of Lamp – This lamp is big enough to get the coverage you need. There are many smaller lamps on the market, but this model shines where you need it to.
  • Solid Construction – many on the market are flimsy, don’t have firm stands and are not able to sit comfortably on a desktop without intervention on your part
  • Able to be Adjusted – I love that this lamp has a head. Many are like tablets that cannot be adjusted in any way. This stand allows the top of the light to sit above you and you can adjust the tilt to a position that is right for you. The arm attaching the lamp part is also adjustable, resulting in a comfortable position no matter your height or what furniture you sit it on.
  • 10,000 Lux – Many other models are less than 10,000 and so you need more frequent and longer sessions to get the same amount of light.
  • Glare free and Flicker free. The light is evenly distributed and is glare and flicker free, unlike florescent fixtures.
  • UV Filtered and Safe. The light box is made of Hi-impact polycarbonate and the lens filters 99.3% of harmful UV rays. This light therapy device meets the standards for safe sun lamp therapy and full spectrum light therapy
  • My favourite feature: It has 2 Settings. One setting provides 10000 LUX of therapeutic glare-free white light while the one-light setting provides convenient glare-free task lighting making it the perfect sunlight therapy lamp for any situation.
  • Pricing – This lamp is not the most expensive on the market and is not the least expensive. It is the least expensive for the quality that I have found and with the extra features like the 2 settings, it is good value for money at around $110.

Uses for the Carex Day-Light Sky Therapy Lamp

Different places in the world whose location means less daylight time can mean disrupted circadian rhythms, depression, SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and even skin conditions.

The diagram to the right shows those who are the most affected but even those in the mild areas have found a light therapy lamp to be beneficial to their health, particularly in the winter months.

What Conditions Can Benefit from this model?

  • Jetlag
  • Poor sleepers
  • Shift workers to help them adjust their sleeping back to a normal pattern
  • Fatigue
  • Poor moods
  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Low energy

Exposure to the sunrise and sunlight is a key factor in synchronizing our bodies to the external world. When that gets disrupted through seasons or overcast and rainy weather that is constant, sometimes our bodies can struggle to be in sync.

How To Use Your Carex Day-Light Sky Lamp

Place your device above your line of sight, where possible, to maximize the light reaching your eyes. You should be facing the lamp with eyes open during sessions, but you do not need to look directly at the light.

What Are Full Spectrum Light Boxes?

What is the difference between full spectrum light boxes and sunlight, and what can it do to cure my winter blues? Natural sunlight has been proven not only to improve vision but also boost a person’s health and enabling the body to function at its best ability.

People suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or winter blues go through depression, irritability, short temperedness and sleeping disorder that leave them unable to function normally due to extreme tiredness and weakness.  To be able to reset the body clock and restore the circadian rhythm, light therapy is exposed to a person.

Light therapy boxes are used in treatment of skin, sleep disorder or some psychiatric disorder. The medical application of light therapy includes pain relief, delayed sleep phase syndrome and wound healing. Sufficient exposure to this light has been scientifically demonstrated to decrease and in some cases eliminate the symptoms of SAD. Light therapy sessions re-balance the brain chemistry of a person who suffers SAD.

Light therapy boxes imitate natural sunlight by emitting the full spectrum light. The full spectrum light tricks our light receptors and then our brain into experiencing the light as genuine sunlight. Sunlight is full spectrum, full spectrum boxes are like sunlight that covers all the wavelengths that is needed in animals and plants through ultraviolet.

Sunrise Sensations – DayBright Light Therapy Lamp Full Spectrum, 10,000 LUX

Full spectrum lights work by controlling our biological rhythms and regulates the delicate balance between melatonin and serotonin. During winter or fall, when sunlight is not visible, people tend to be affected by SAD. It is the lack of light which causes an imbalance in the brain chemistry, leading people to feel depressed and lethargic.

Winter blues appears when people don’t get enough sunlight energy. The practice of using full spectrum light therapy is better than taking an antidepressant drugs. The most important is the intensity of the light and not the colour. Therapeutic light is forty times brighter than normal room lights.

Full spectrum light boxes were basically developed by the light box manufacturers on the basis of the eye’s rod, cones and photoreceptors. Light boxes are made of metal with bulbs located a light diffuser and angled in such way that it will allow more light to enter with lesser brightness. With just twenty to thirty minutes of exposure to the light boxes, after a few days, you can see the changes. This is extensively used in hospitals and health centres for light therapy conduction.

Miroco Light Therapy Lamp, UV-Free 10000 Lux with Timer

The best full spectrum light boxes provide the best light therapy, allows the users to feel more comfortable and at the same time do not restrict them from doing other activities. Not all spectrum boxes are created equal. Your investment is in your own health and well being. Do some researches before you buy one.

If you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) it is fantastic that you no longer have to go to a clinic for light box therapy.  Now, you can buy full spectrum light boxes for home use.  The costs is the cost of anywhere from 2 – 3 clinic visits so it doesn’t take long for this to pay for itself.

There are several types and styles (and prices) to suit most budgets so start getting well now by purchasing one of these great light boxes.  See the various models above.  There is something for every budget.