I am wondering if it's safe to use a triretinoin product (.05%) with an LED device (BabyQuasar)? I understand that retinol products cause photosensitivity, so I want to be sure I won't be causing damage to my skin by using these treatments together. Thank you!
Is It Ok to Use Retinoids and LED Light Therapy Together?
Doctor Answers (4)
Retin-A and LED light use....
Absolutely ok! Continue using your Retin-A nightly and just be sure to use daily sunscreen. There should be no problem with your LED light and the use of Retin-A.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Grant Stevens Marina Plastic Surgery Associates Marina del Rey, CA The Institute
LED therapy and Retin-A
There should be no problem using LED therapy (blinking yellow, blue or red lights} with Retin-A. I would advise you to use the Retin-A at night since it can cause you to be more susceptible to sun.
Retin-A (Tretinoin Cream) is Safe with LED Treatments
LED lights are fairly harmless rays of natural light so there should be no interaction with Retin-A (tretinoin). However, Retin-A should be used carefully in patients with sun allergies or those taking photosensitive medications.
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LED alone should be safe with retinoids
If you are using only LED lights and no chemical photosensitizers prior to the light exposure like we do for photodynamic therapy, then it is safe. It may actually allow the light to penetrate more efficiently, however, I would not anticipate any risk. However, in medicine I never say never...but again, I doubt it.