LightStim are a set of consumer handheld devices that claim to use light therapy to heal your body. Specifically, LightStim have three different models that use UV-free LEDs of different colors to treat acne, wrinkles, and pain. They state their devices are FDA-cleared and recommended by dermatologists, estheticians, and plastic surgeons around the US.
How LightStim Works
Each of the three LightStim models looks like a handheld shower nozzle; but instead of gushing water, they emit LEDs from a specific color spectrum. For example they state LightStim for Wrinkles has 72 LEDs of Amber, Light Red, Dark Red, and Infrared.
They claim that LEDs are therapeutic and work like rays of the sun, minus harmful UVs, to deliver energy to the body and stimulate it to regenerate cells.
To use LightStim, they instruct you to place over the area of the body you’d like to heal and leave it there (3 minutes for Wrinkles, 3-4 for Acne, and 5-30 for Pain). Then, move on to the next spot until completely done.
$249 for each model, which includes free shipping, carrying case, cream or serum and even an iPhone app. (LightStim for Acne is listed as “coming soon.”)
Each LightStim device comes with 5-year warranty and 90-day satisfaction guarantee or your money back. They add LightStim products need no batteries, cartridges, or replacement LEDs.
Bottom Line: Do LightStim Lights Work?
LightStim lights certainly look cool (and probably even more so in the dark) and we like the 5-year warranty and 90-day guarantee. But is LED light therapy any good? Here’s some info we found out:
LED therapy for pain: there is some evidence that infrared therapy can help with chronic low back pain. However, these lights are from medical-grade devices with thousands of lights that can fine-tune the wavelength. Consumer products like LightStim have much fewer lights in a broader spectrum.
LED therapy for wrinkles: the Good Housekeeping Research Institute did a study on anti-aging lights and found that while participants’ skin quality did improve, it was very slight and did nothing for fine lines and wrinkles.
LED therapy for acne: according to the Mayo Clinic website, there is evidence that blue light and/or red light can kill bacteria that cause acne on the face; studies testing consumer models found temporary improvement only for mild-to-moderate acne.
In other words, LEDs seem to have very limited, temporary benefits for these particular ailments. Because LightStim devices are for home use and less powerful than one you’d find at the doctor’s office, you will possibly have to spend a very long time every day using the lights to see a very small difference in your appearance or level of pain.
Let us know your experience with LightStim below!