The Effects of Infrared Light on the Face

Infrared is effective at treating skin conditions, such as age spots and aging skin.
Infrared is effective at treating skin conditions, such as age spots and aging skin. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Infrared light therapy is an approach that is taken to treat acne, aging skin and various other conditions including injuries to muscles and ligaments. The infrared light is capable of piercing the skin up to 3 centimeters. Infrared has all of the good properties of sunlight without the possibility of burning your skin.

What It Does

When infrared light penetrates deep into your body it prompts elastin and collagen production, which improves the health and appearance of your skin. The light rejuvenates as it repairs the deepest layer of the skin, which is the dermis, while simultaneously eradicating signs of aging in the top layer, which is the epidermis. When cellular metabolism is activated by the infrared light this invigorates the fibroblasts in the skin and collagen and elastic production increases. Freckles and age (liver) spots can be faded, inflammation and redness of the skin is reduced and lines and wrinkles become less noticeable when this type of light therapy is used. Skin becomes smoother and brighter. Infrared light is also used to treat stretch marks and cellulite, according to Red light therapy has proved to be effective and safe for those wishing to improve sun-damaged or aging skin. Skin tone and texture improve and there is no pain involved.

What Happens

The therapy enables your body to discharge nitric oxide which minimizes the chance of blood clots occurring and relaxes the blood vessels, which in turn improves blood circulation in the area where the light was directed. When you are having infrared light therapy, the circulation to your face improves. This helps heal injured body tissue or muscles.

Other Conditions That Benefit

Infrared light helps those suffering from chronic pain or arthritis because it helps the joints become more mobile. When swelling or soreness is present in your muscles, infrared can be used to treat these problems.


The positive outcome of infrared light therapy only takes place in injured cells. Healthy cells do not benefit from nor are they disturbed by the treatment.

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