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The Many Benefits of Blue LED Light Therapy

Posted by Pamela Hackeman on May 3, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (7)

This is an article I found online regarding Blue Light Therapy, I didn't write it, just passing it on.

Research and clinical studies


The use of blue LED light in medicine is a real innovation. Philips Light & Health is pursuing this innovative approach in various research projects, with the objective of developing potential medical applications using blue LED light.




Psoriasis is the medical term for a disease that causes various areas of the skin to become inflamed and to start peeling.


Healthy skin is characterized by a precisely regulated multiplication and differentiation of skin cells. If these processes are impaired, symptoms such as those in psoriasis can develop. Around 125 million people are affected by psoriasis worldwide, 80% of them suffer from the most common type of the disease called, psoriasis vulgaris. Typical symptoms are reddened, extremely scaly skin areas that are often itchy.


Psoriasis vulgaris is the result of a complex interplay of inflammatory processes that lead to the excessive multiplication and improper differentiation (hyperproliferation) of a certain type of skin cell known as keratinocytes. How can blue light alleviate psoriasis vulgaris? Surprisingly, when keratinocytes are exposed to blue LED light at a wavelength of 453 nm, multiplication decreases and differentiation increases. This effect counteracts the hyperproliferation of keratinocytes in psoriatic skin. The benefit of using blue LED light at this wavelength is that it has no damaging effect on the various skin cells, which means that it is not toxic. These results demonstrate that blue light can influence the processes that have gone out of control in psoriasis vulgaris [Liebmann L et al. JID. 2010;130:259-269].



The exposure of skin cells (keratinocytes) to blue LED light (453 nm) leads to a reduction in proliferation, depending on the dose [Liebmann L et al. JID. 2010;130:259-269].

In collaboration with the Dermatology Department at the University Hospital Aachen, Philips Light & Health is investigating whether blue light can improve the symptoms in patients with psoriasis vulgaris.


A clinical study involving 40 patients with psoriasis vulgaris has already been completed. The study aimed to determine whether irradiation of the affected skin area with blue LED-light results in an alleviation of symptoms. After four weeks, a significant improvement of the symptoms could be observed due to treatment of the affected skin area with blue LED light. This positive effect persisted for the length of the treatment [Weinstabl A et al. Dermatology. 2011. DOI: 10.1159/000333364].



The symptoms of psoriasis vulgaris patients significantly improved after four weeks of blue LED light therapy (measured against the LPSI = Local Psoriasis Severity Index) [Weinstabl A et al. Dermatology. 2011. DOI: 10.1159/000333364].

Building on these results, Philips Light & Health has initiated a long-term study in collaboration with the Dermatology Department at the University Hospital Aachen. This study investigates the effects of blue LED light on 47 patients with mild to moderate psoriasis vulgaris over a period of 4 months.


The results prove the positive effects of blue LED light, especially over a longer treatment period. Compared to the untreated control plaque, the efficacy of the blue LED light therapy to reduce the Local PASI was highly significant. The baseline Local PASI value at the beginning of the treatment was about 5.2, which improved on average 50% during the 12 week treatment exposure to blue LED light [ Identifiers: NCT02004847; Data on file at Philips B. V .].



The treatment with blue LED light over 12 weeks resulted in an improvement of the Local PASI of 50% on average

Treatment compliance was excellent, 98% of the patients followed the instructions for the treatment with blue LED light over the 4 month trial. Patients reported that the treatment was convenient and the device was very user-friendly. No negative side effects of the blue LED light treatment were observed [Data on file at Philips B. V.].




Even though eczema is a catch-all term for many different symptoms, these symptoms are very much alike in appearance. The common characteristic is inflamed skin, which is usually accompanied by severe itching.


There are many causal factors, including environmental influences and often hereditary factors. Eczema mostly starts in early childhood and often continues into adulthood. Atopic eczema is one of the most common types and affects 10–15% of the population in industrial countries.


The diversity of the symptoms is linked to the complexity of the disease's origins. In people affected by the disease, the skin's barrier function is impaired, allowing allergenic substances to enter the skin. These are detected by certain immune cells—dendritic cells—which in turn attract inflammatory cells (e.g. T cells) into the skin and stimulate the release of inflammatory substances. The interaction of an impaired skin barrier with the faulty regulation of the immune system leads to the inflammatory skin reaction.


UV light therapy is a common treatment for eczema. However, due to the potentially damaging effect, long-term use or use during childhood is discouraged. Here, UV-free blue light is a very promising alternative. Studies have shown that blue light directly influences the activity of dendritic cells in the skin. Blue light suppresses the activation of these immune cells and has an anti-inflammatory effect by reducing the release of inflammatory substances [Fischer M et al. Experimental Dermatology. 2013;22:554-563].


It has already been demonstrated in a clinical trial that blue light is a possible new treatment option for patients with eczema affecting a large skin area. In a study led by the Clinical Research Center of the Department of Dermatology at Mainz University, 36 patients with severe atopic eczema, who no longer responded to cortisone ointments, were exposed to blue light over their entire body for five days in a row. The patients were then treated with corticosteroid ointments until the eczema disappeared. The six months treatment was successful in most patients. Their skin clearly improved, itching decreased, and patients' sleep and quality of life increased. In addition, the frequency and intensity of outbreaks lessened and the use of cortisone ointments could be reduced [Becker D et al. PlosOne. 2011;6(6):e20566].



Blue light reduced skin problems in patients with severe atopic eczema (measured against the EASI = Eczema Area Severity Index) [Becker D et al. PlosOne. 2011;6(6):e20566].

A study conducted by Philips Light & Health is currently investigating the effect of blue LED light on eczema. During this study, 20 patients are being treated with blue LED light for 4 weeks. The study is being carried out in collaboration with the Dermatology Department at University Hospital Aachen [ Identifiers: NCT02002871].


Effects on Blood Flow


A good blood flow is a prerequisite for maintaining proper tissue function, as it provides tissue with oxygen and nutrients and removes metabolites and carbon dioxide.


The release of the body's natural NO by blue LED light has been described in several studies. A recent study involving healthy volunteers demonstrated that the release of NO initiated by blue light is linked to an increase in local blood flow. The increase in local blood flow could only be observed with blue LED light. Light with other wavelengths in the visible spectrum showed no effect [Opländer C et al. Free Radical Biology and Medicine. 2013;65:1363-1377].


Blue LED light (453 nm) can increase local blood flow [Opländer C et al. Free Radical Biology and Medicine. 2013;65:1363-1377].

The blood flow enhancing effect of NO originates from the activation of guanylate cyclase. This results in a reduction in calcium concentration in vascular smooth muscle cells, leading to relaxation of the vascular muscles and widening of the blood vessels.


A clinical phase III study has already demonstrated that muscular back pain can be alleviated by treatment with blue LED light. This effect is probably caused by widening of the blood vessels and increase of the blood flow due to the release of NO. 171 patients with chronic muscular back pain participated in the study. After just three days of treatment, the exposure to blue LED light had resulted in a noticeable pain reduction in 80% of the patients. Pain intensity could be reduced by 30% in approximately 50% of patients [ Identifiers: NCT01528332].



High Frequency for acne and acne scars

Posted by Pamela Hackeman on January 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (21)


How High Frequency Can Treat Acne



The esthetician will place an electrode which is attached to a wand over the blemishes. The control dial adjusts the intensity of the infrared light. The light will pass through the glass electrode which is filled with argon or neon gas.

There are two ways to treat acne. The first one is known as sparking. The electrodes will pass through the skin without touching it. This causes sparking between the electrode and the skin. The sparks will combine with oxygen to form ozone. This will introduce oxygen to the bacteria colony on the skin. P. acnes bacteria will die if they don't have enough carbon dioxide.


The second method is a direct contact. The rapid oscillation in the electrodes create a thermal effect. This improves blood circulation and dilates the blood vessels. Thus, toxins can be eliminated faster.


High frequency acne treatment can also control the production of sebum and reduce the size of the pores.


Usually after the session, you can apply other acne treatment products. If you have an oily skin, apply low concentration AHA or glycolic product sparingly together with a moisturizer.


How High Frequency Can Treat Acne Scars


High frequency treatment is ideal for mild acne scars. It is not invasive when compared to laser resurfacing and chemical peels.


It improves blood circulation, encourages cell renewal and increases the production of collagen and elastin. These are essential for healing the scars.


How High Frequency Can Treat Cystic Acne


Cystic acne can be painful. High frequency therapy delivers more oxygen to the skin. This will heal the cysts faster, relieving inflammatory pain.


By reducing the population of P. acnes bacteria, it also ensures that the cystic acne doesn't get worse.



Corrective Make Up for a Younger, Radiant Look

Posted by Pamela Hackeman on November 10, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (1)

One of my main objectives as an esthetician and make up artist is to provide a way for men and women to look and feel their best.  I found out at a young age that my compassion for others led me to investigate ways to help others heal themselves. I studied Meditation, Hatha Yoga, Chi Kung, Shiatsu/Acupressure, Diet and Herbal Medicine, among other modalities.  In my search, I found that self esteem was a primary component in one's health and well being, along with a spiritual path. I was always intrigued how different people presented themselves, either confident or not, and how their appearance seemed to effect their success or failure in life.

A friend introduced a book to me when I was working on a movie set, as a make up artist,  called "Psycho-Cybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz.  It was one of those life-changing books that clarified my own observations, but worded so perfectly! The author was a plastic surgeon that noticed many of his clients, even after he would perform surgery to "fix" the physical "problem", still had not changed their self - image, and consequently nothing changed in their lives.  He realized that everyone had the opportunity to change their own self perception by visualization, and change their life as well, to become a success, by visualizing that success, in a very detailed "photographic" way.

This is my intention, to give you an actual, visual, picture of your own beauty, through natural, corrective skin care and make up. It is my calling.

I can give you a brief summary of what a corrective make up entails, and you can try this yourself at home. If you prefer, you can also make an appointment with me for a one on one consultation and lesson.

First, it is important that you use good skincare appropriate for your skin. I see a lot of women just buying cheap drugstore brands based on advertising, but not necessarily the best for their skin. Personally, I spare no expense when it comes to my skin care and make up. I feel that I deserve to use good quality products, just as I deserve to eat good quality food. Cheaping out on these things is cheating yourself. 

Secondly, the foundation you use should match your decollete, not your face, to avoid "the floating head" look. Your face should not be too light, pink, or orange. Most people have at least a little olive in their skin, even though some pink may be mixed in.  At MUD we teach how to custom match any skin tone. Try the color on your jawline, but look to see if if matches the neckline or decollete. The texture is important too.  Too heavy looks cakey, but make sure there is adequate coverage, so unwanted blemishes are diminished. If your skin has a lot of texture, ie; wrinkles, scars, etc. use a liquid base or mix a cream with a primer to create a sheer look.

I like cream cheek color,(especially "Sweet Cheeks" by MUD) it can look so much more natural than powder. Too much powder will age you by settling into creases, use a light touch with a light brush. (I like the large white fan brush #510 by MUD for both face powder and powder blush for this reason) remember to keep the color on the apples of the cheeks and in line with the middle of the ear, and no lower than the corner of the mouth. For powder blush, I like 'Warm Bisque", "Glow", and "Rose Beige" for cheek contour on fair skin.

For eyes, use softer natural colors, like Chamois, Pink Grapefruit, Taupe, Espresso and Graphite for both eyeshadow and eye liner.  Too dark, and strong,harsh colors are usually aging if you're over 45. You may deepen colors for evening, though, for dim lighting situations. Always lift the corners of the eyes by not taking eyeshadow or eyeliner past the outer corner, sweeping the color up towards the outer brow at an angle softly. ( It's easier to show this than to explain, but you can watch my Youtube videos, or come in for a personal lesson)

Eyebrows should have a nice balanced arch, not too steep of an angle toward your nose (this can make you look angry), or too round (this can make you look like a clown, or surprised) and don't bring the outer brow too slanted down (this can make you look tired, sad or old). 

Your lips need some definition as you age, but softly, so use a natural color lipliner and don't overdraw too much. Lifting the corners can be tricky, if you try too hard you'll get "joker mouth". But a subtle lift at the corner gives a pleasant smile to your look, and you can add subtle volume to the lips as well. (Again, a picture is worth a thousand words, so look at my photos or videos, if you want to see it).

Lashes should be curled to open your eyes, and everyone has a favorite mascara, one that doesn't clump, but adds depth and dimension to the eyes. I like YSL and Lancome, but I found an inexpensive one from Mexico that is surprisingly good, given to me as a gift from one of my students from Mexico, a while back.  Now I sell it at my salon!

I would love to meet you and work with you to create your best image, through excellent skin care and flattering make up that you can do yourself at home.

Revitalight LED Therapy

Posted by Pamela Hackeman on September 24, 2011 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Revitalight Skincare System is a safe, but effective use of advanced light technology designed to help diminish the visible appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots on the face, neck and hands by promoting collagen firmness.

Extensive research involving safe light sources and wavelengths has enabled the Revitalight Team to create applications that allow light emitting diodes, LEDs, to help alleviate signs of aging. The key to Revitalight™ photopulsation technology is the scientific concept that skin cells can be photoreceptive. The LED wavelengths which are used in the Revitalight Skincare System are less than half the strength of lasers used at their lowest levels by dermatologists, and therefore are completely harmless, yet effective.

Developed by electronic engineers working in conjunction with dermatologists, the Revitalight Skincare System uses photopulsation technology allowing people to have an effective and safe, non-invasive cosmetic skin care application in the comfort and convenience of a salon or spa. The LED succeeds by passing its light through the skin in order to help promote collagen firmness. The skin naturally appears smoother, tighter, and more radiant as the collagen becomes more firm. The Revitalight Systems™ cool temperatures cannot harm the skin in any way, and the disposable pulsator covers, made of FDA-approved plastic, assure that only a sanitized device touches the client™ skin.

Revitalight Details Skin care has an even brighter future thanks to the newest use of light-emitting diode (LED) technology that does everything from energize skin cells to stop the P. acnes bacteria dead in its tracks. LED is the basis for photomodulation, a scientific process that sends calibrated packets of light into the dermal layer, setting off a frenzy of cellular activity to produce softer, more youthful-looking skin. LED photomodulation, unlike past lasers and intense pulsed light systems, does not injure the skin to prompt an increase in collagen production. Specifically modulated red and near-infrared LEDs are most commonly used for treating aging, photo-damaged or blotchy skin. Modulated blue or blue-violet LEDs are used to treat acne, handily controlling breakouts by setting off a cascade of cellular activity that creates a deadly environment for the P. acnes bacteria.

24K Gold in Skin Care

Posted by Pamela Hackeman on March 4, 2011 at 10:51 PM Comments comments (0)

What would you say if I told you that skin care companies are actually putting gold into their products? It comes as a surprise to many consumers who do not understand the true powers of precious metals and miners. Not only are they anti inflammatory but they increase circulation, are anti oxidants and provide your skin the nourishment it needs to look its absolute best. What makes gold such an effective ingredient is the reaction it gets when it is combined with active anti wrinkle ingredients. It magnifies the effectiveness of these ingredients significantly, making wrinkles vanish before your eyes. This makes its use in everyday skin care products not only a viable option but one that is setting the trend for all skin care products in the future.


o 24Karat Pure Gold penetrates the skin, speeds up cellular processes and activates regeneration

o helps to restore lost aging skin’s volume

o will provide fresh, young looking skin which will have long lasting results

o for all skin types

o anti-inflammatory properties will decrease skin inflammation

o stimulates cellular growth of the basal layer to regenerate healthy, firm skin cells and provide a tightening effect

24K Gold: Under the influence of gold a higher amount of blood is brought in the area, speeding up cellular processes and activating regeneration. Gold's effects are also closely connected with the electrons present in the cells that are sensitive to electric charges; these ions will become active under the influence of it and recreate broken cellular connections. That way the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is diminished with each treatment. Gold is well reputed for restoring the lost elasticity properties of the tissues, slowing down collagen depletion and the breakdown of elastin to prevent sagging skin. It stimulates cellular growth of the basal layer to regenerate healthy, firm skin cells and provide a tightening effect.

Color Therapy & Chakra Balancing

Posted by Pamela Hackeman on January 30, 2011 at 11:27 AM Comments comments (0)

Many people wonder what color therapy is and how is it useful to them in their daily life. There are many books on the subject and many ways to use color to enhance your life. There are obvious choices when it comes to wardrobe and fashion.  You may have discovered a color that seems to bring out the best in you, make you feel more attractive, for instance.  Bottom line, color is a form of communication, and a form of light, consisting of light rays and wavelengths.  As an artist, I have been fascinated with color for many years and the effects it has on humans, and animals for that matter.

It is the sensation of light transmitted to the brain through the eye that

enables us to see light as color, and light is energy, the purest healing force.   If you consider the progress man has made with light over the years, up to the present lasers and their uses, you must admit there is a substantial amount of proof that it can affect us physically, as well as mentally and emotionally.  Many dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons use lasers in their offices, which come in many forms and wavelenghts.  

Color therapy is much more subtle than that, of course, and can be used in many ways.  In my establishment, I use LED photon light for encouraging collagen synthesis and growth, with a specific shade of red light, and blue for helping clear up p.acne, and acts as an antiseptic. A mixture of the two is useful for those who need to address both wrinkles and acne.

I also use a tool called a "Crystal Light Chromotherapy torch", utilizing a natural quartz crystal tip, which applies very specific colors to the various chakras, or wheels of energy in the body, according to ancient traditions. I first test the various chakras to see if there is any blockages, then use the appropriate color to activate the individual chakra, and then retest to make sure the energy is flowing once again.

It only takes about 15 minutes in total, and people feel different things while I'm applying the color. Some feel a warmth, or a tingling in the area, some describe it as electricity, some say it's a pleasant feeling of opening (especially the heart chakra). Some people don't feel anything at all. It doesn't ultimately matter if you feel anything, or not, it still has a positive, balancing effect overall.

I especially like to do this before I start the facial, so you are relaxed and can receive full benefit of the nurturing rejuvenation that is part of the overall

experience, a well as the skin's response to the treatment.  

My goal is to approach the body as a whole, emotionally, mentally, and physically, not just the skin, when I do my treatments.  I want you to leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated, with a smile on your face, and a lightness in your step.

Demi Moore uses Stemulation skincare

Posted by Pamela Hackeman on January 22, 2011 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Demi Moore talks about her anti aging secrets including Stemulation skincare, available at Behind The Seen Skincare & Make up studio.

The creators of Stemulation have developed the most efficient stem cell products available on the market, they use mesenchymal stem cells from Human Bone Marrow, the most versatile type there is. I have already seen a huge improvement in my skin since using it, especially the thin skin under my eyes. Their system consists of a microderm scrub in a large tube, the fabulous stem cell serum,which can be used under any other products, and the moisturizer is excellent for a night cream, that exfoliates similar to a retinol product. I love it and it is actually effective!


Posted by Pamela Hackeman on January 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM Comments comments (0)

Microdermabrasion has been around for several years. It is a process that is similar to dermabrasion, but on a much more gentle, superficial level. There is either the original version of which incorporates aluminum oxide crystals and "blasts" them onto the skin, similar to sand blasting, but, of course, in a more subtle way. This can leave your skin red and sometimes hurting afterward, and some people don't want aluminum applied to their skin.  The newer version is "diamond- tip" which is a tip encrusted with crystal or diamond chips on the end of a wand which also has suction, so the surface skin "debris" (dead skin that can clog pores and create a dull appearance) can be vacuumed up simultaneously. The advantage of having microdermabrasion done, especially before a facial treatment, is similar to sweeping and vacuuming a floor before you wash and wax it. It helps to unclog pores, get rid of flaky, dry skin, and leave a cleaner surface so the absorption of whatever treatment is applied is much better. It is good to do on a regular basis, especially if you have textured or scarred skin, as it will help to smooth the surface to a degree, without the downtime of a medical procedure.