Do Those At-Home LED Light Devices Even Work?

If you had found your way into Byrdie HQ a few days ago, you would have found me working at my desk, as per usual, save for my insanely bright red, glowing skin. No, it wasn’t due to rosacea or irritation (at least not this time). it was all thanks to a SkinClinical Reverse Anti‑Aging LED Light Therapy Device ($275).

Although the term “LED light therapy” might sound a little sci-fi, it’s likely you’ve seen these devices before. Many brands have launched portable, handheld versions of in-office LED treatments that are safe for at-home use, making them accessible at retails like Sephora and CVS. The devices promise to target everything from sagging, wrinkling skin to acne and inflammation. Celebs are taking advantage of the technology, too. Just look to Jessica Alba and Kourtney Kardashian, both of whom have incorporated light therapy into their facial routines, posting selfies while lying under futuristic, robotic light devices.

So there I was, face shining as bright and red as an exit sign in hopes of flawless skin. But would I get it? Keep reading to learn whether at-home LED light therapy devices actually work.

Still interested in LED technology? Next up, see one editor’s before and after photos from one eye care device.