Treating Rosacea with Infrared Light: Patent

Written by on November 6, 2009 in LED Therapy, patents with 6 Comments

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A newly filed patent contains a proposed rosacea treatment using small bands of infrared radiation between 790nm and 900nm with a power between 1 and 100 mW/cm^2. The unit proposed could be a LED device, used from twice a day to every 10 days. An energy density between 3 and 180 Joules/cm^2 is proposed.

Infrared Light is in the invisible spectrum below red, with wavelengths from 700nm to 2,000nm. We know that infrared light penetrates skin tissue more effectively than visible light.

An example device described is the OMNILUX Plus, which is promoted as “(Infra-red) works as a combination therapy with the Revive (red) head for even better skin rejuvenation, ideal for deeper lines and wrinkles”. OMNILUX Plus is based on a matrix of Infra Red LEDs, which provide narrowband 830nm light. This device is not currently promoted as a treatment for rosacea, so it seems that this patent covers using an existing treatment method for a new condition – rosacea.

The example treatment regime used an OMNILUX Plus unit at 830nm (+/- 0.5nm), using 55 mW/cm^2 at a distance of 1-10cm from the skin for 20 minutes with a power of 66 Joules/cm^2, twice a week for four weeks. Goggles were used and the unit was further placed 3-5cm from the patient’s nose.

The patent says that the patient enjoyed substantially reduced telangiectasia and reduced inflammatory papules.

Treating erythematotelangiectatic rosacea or papulopustular rosacea with narrow-band infrared light radiation and radiation kits therefor

United States Patent Application 20090270847, Lee; Seung Yoon, October 29, 2009

A method of treating erythematotelangiectatic rosacea or papulopustular rosacea in a subject comprises exposing the subject’s skin in need thereof to narrow-band infrared radiation at a wavelength(s) in a range of between 790 nm and 900 nm and having a band width of between 0 nm and 20 nm, in an effective dose to treat erythematotelangiectatic rosacea or papulopustular rosacea and essentially not to cause photothermolysis of the skin. Alternatively, a method of treating erythematotelangiectatic rosacea or papulopustular rosacea in a subject comprises exposing the subject’s skin in need thereof to narrow-band infrared radiation at a wavelength(s) in a range of between 790 nm and 900 nm and having a band width of between 0.1 nm and 20 nm, in an effective dose to treat erythematotelangiectatic rosacea or papulopustular rosacea. A kit for such methods comprises a radiation source generating narrow-band infrared radiation at a wavelength(s) in a range of between 790 nm and 900 nm, the narrow-band infrared radiation having a band width of between 0 nm and 20 nm and having a power density of between 1 mW/cm^2 and 100 mW/cm^2, and a manual instructing a user how to use the narrow-band infrared radiation for treating erythematotelangiectatic rosacea or papulopustular rosacea.

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  1. Irene McDonald says:

    I bought a hand held LED light with both blue and red lights (not an Omnilux). It appears to be working very well. Many would be papules have started to come up but after 1 or 2 treatments (3 minutes) have disappeared. The blue lights are 420nm and red are 670nm.

    The red light seems to work just as well as the blue on these blemishes.

    Is it possible that the LED light could kill demodex mites? I always seem to get outbreaks in the same places. Touch wood all is clear after 3 weeks using the device.

    The secondary benefit is pores appear to be smaller. It’s a bit inconvenient moving the light around the face and having a cord but the benefits are worth it.

    Irene

  2. Carlos says:

    Irene thanks for your feedback IM buying an infrared hand held device tomorrow for massage and I was researching.I also have alrge pores so I hope it works for me as good as yours.Whats the potency you set the device?

  3. Irene McDonald says:

    Hi Carlos

    My device does not have settings, only the choice of either red or blue light, or a mix of the 2 colours and a pulse setting (flashing). I’m told the pulsing increases the effectiveness.

  4. Carlos says:

    I bought a smalll infrared device from Beurer,the model is MG40.itsa self massager.I used it on my face and results have been great so far.My rosacea is not huge to begin with,just redness patchy dry skin in my nose area and large pores. Results have been similar,smaller pores and less redness.the divce stoppd working after only 2 days so I dont advice it.BUt I will buy another one I have very sensitive skin with razor bumps ingrown hairs too.This seems to smooth wrinkles and help my rosacea and razor bumps hyperpigmentation.Truly heaven sent

  5. Carlos says:

    oh and that infrared masager was only 20euros I see all those expensive leds people is buying for facial use…I just want to share that a cheap infrared device for pain massage would do.Im truly amazes Im 30 but I look few years younger after only 2 days of use and results dont seem to vanish like any antiage cream

  6. Carlos says:

    I look as if I had some kind of botox I think infrared stimulate colagen production I see my skin softer and elastic.Ive used lot of antiage stuff,cosmetic and natural.Aloe snake cream and so on,nothing ever gave me this skin texture its like going back to 16 as if buying new skin in the store lol try it for yourself.
    If you couple this with a good mostourizer you get a youthful look in as little as 2 sessions.Irene try it for 15min each session

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