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Wood’s Lamp a Cool Tool for Your Skin (Updated 2022)

Want to know how to deal with dark spots on your skin?

Clear up bothersome breakouts?

Or achieve that lit-from-within glow?

While a good facial can do wonders, a wood’s lamp will help you see what’s beneath the surface of your skin.

Here at the Naked Chemist, we are all about problem-solving skincare.

So join us as we explore this cool tool and its potential to help you diagnose your skin conditions.

What is a Woods Lamp

A woods lamp is a tool that utilises illumination, emitting long-wave ultraviolet light to detect fluorescence in your skin or hair.

The wood’s lamp colour chart, also known as fluorescent spectroscopy, reveals changes in colour or fluorescence that correspond with specific skin conditions.

If your skin is free from underlying conditions, it won’t exhibit any fluorescence or glow under the light.

Yellow spots may appear if your skin tends towards oiliness, while dehydrated skin may display purple spots.

A woods lamp can also be used for an eye exam, helping to determine if you have a corneal abrasion or a scratch on the surface of your eye.

What to Expect From Your Treatment

The procedure is straightforward. Your skin care specialist will darken the room and position the wood’s lamp base around 4 to 5 inches from your face.

They will then observe any changes in fluorescence.

There is no need for special preparations beforehand. However, certain skincare products can cause the skin to change colour under the wood lamp.

Therefore, we recommend keeping your skin clean and avoiding applying any products or perfume before the treatment.

Wood’s Lamp Exam Diagnose?

The woods lamp colours can provide valuable insights into your skin’s condition, as this study found.

Normal skin appears blue under the wood’s lamp, indicating good skin condition.

Dehydrated skin exhibits a light purple hue, signifying a lack of moisture.

Sensitive and thin skin appears purple, indicating fragility.

Wound infections are vivid green under the wood’s lamp.

Oily skin or comedones show up as yellow spots on the skin.

Thick skin or a buildup of dead skin cells manifests as white spots.

Acne appears orange/red due to cutibacteria in the hair follicles.

Porphyria, a genetic disorder causing rashes and blistering, shows up as red/pink.

Hyperpigmentation, charactecharacterisedss melanin, appears in areas with clearly defined borders under the wood light.

Fungal infections like pityriasis versicolor emit a yellow/orange glow, typically seen on the chest or back.

Vitiligo, a condition causing loss of skin colour, presents as blue-white or yellow-green light in affected areas where melanin production is compromised.

Will the Wood’s Lamp Harm My Skin?

The examination is painless and safe, and the light emitted by the lamp won’t damage your skin.

Wood lamp examination is concise and unlikely to cause any damage, even if you have photosensitive skin.

To conclude. The naked truth

As skincare specialists, we can gather much more information about your skin when performing a wood’s lamp test.

Skin conditions that the naked eye can’t see are much more visible, which helps to give us an accurate diagnosis.

Ultimately, this enables you to understand your skin and any conditions for effective treatment.

So the next time you book a facial, why not check whether they offer a wood lamp facial analysis so that you can get the best results from your treatment?

Are you keen to take a deeper look under your skin? Then, the article how the sun sees you is worth a read, which looks at people’s hyperpigmentation using this light.

One reply on “Wood’s Lamp a Cool Tool for Your Skin (Updated 2022)”

Can you recommend a high quality professional Wood’s lamp. Then on- line retailers have price points from $29.99 up to several hundred dollars>

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