If you’re looking to amp up your skincare routine, the best handheld light therapy devices can help. From managing acne to plumping skin, these at-home — and non-invasive — devices might even save you a trip to the dermatologist’s office.
To learn more about what to look for in these luminous tools, Bustle touched base with board-certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor, Dr. Michele Green, MD.
A Guide To LED Colors
Since these devices come with different LED light offerings, Dr. Green advised on what each LED light color does best.
Blue: Blue light can help treat acne, and according to Dr. Green, "The blue LED is known to reduce bacteria reducing the number of breakouts."
Green: Dr. Green points out that green LED light "is used to correct hyperpigmentation and calm the skin."
Safety Is Key
For your safety, look for devices that have been vetted. "FDA clearance [or] approval for any device is best, as it shows the company did studies and research and has data to support the efficacy and safety of the product and their technology," Dr. Green says. "Consumers should, however, contact their dermatologist for guidance on any product before purchasing for at-home use."
Other helpful safety features include auto shutoff and timers to help ensure you're not over-doing it. Safety goggles are often included as well, since these can help protect your eyes from harsh LED lights.
With all that in mind, it's time to check out the best handheld LED light therapy devices on Amazon. There's an option for every budget and skincare need.