Red Light Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

RED LIGHT THERAPY is at Elite Sports Clubs! A safe, all natural process that encourages your body to naturally produce enzymes, elastin fibers and collagen that support the skin’s structure. Thus producing younger, smoother and firmer feeling skin. Here are some common questions that our members often ask about Red Light Therapy:

Q: Can I wear makeup in the Red Light Therapy bed?

A: Yes, makeup can be worn and should not affect the performance of the therapy.

Q: Can I wear my clothes in the Red Light Therapy bed or should I be nude?

A: The skin that you wish to be treated should be fully exposed to the light.

Q: Will the treatment interfere with or be affected by any medications I use?

A: If you use medications such as Tetracycline, Digoxin (used for heart irregularities) and photosensitizing drugs (e.g., tranquilizers, sulfa drugs, oral anti-diabetic drugs, antidepressants, and steroids), please consult your physician before using Red Light.

Q: Are there any special lotions I am supposed to use during or after treatment?

A: No.

Q: Will Red Light help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

A: Red Light, as well as other light therapies, has been proven to improve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Q: How warm does the Red Light Therapy bed get?

A: The feeling of the heat has been compared to a nice warm 80-degree day (not actual temperature of room). We do provide a fan for use in the room to keep you at a comfortable temperature.

Q: How long after the previous user do I have to wait to use the Red Light bed?

A: We tend to schedule 30 minutes between appointments so that we can allow the bed can cool down (not required) for the next user’s comfort.

Q: Is it okay to wear contacts while in the Red Light bed?

A: That depends on the individual, some people may experience a dry eye sensation.

Q: Do I need to wear some sort of eye protection (similar to tanning goggles)?

A: It is not required that you wear eye protection, nevertheless the lights are very bright and may be uncomfortable for some individuals with sensitivities to light.

Q: Is Red Light Therapy similar to tanning?

A: No not at all. You will not get a tan from Red Light Therapy, nor does it expose you to damaging UV rays.

Q: Will I have to do this indefinitely to maintain results?

A: Yes, it is recommended to start with a commitment of 20 minutes 3-5 times per week for the first 1-4 weeks, then 2-3 times per week for the following 4-12 weeks, and finally 1-2 times per week to maintain results.

Red Light Therapy dramatically reduces wrinkles & fine lines, eliminates stretch marks in most clients, and relieves joint pain & increases circulation!

Red Light Therapy is free for Elite Sports Clubs members!

We hope that the above frequently asked questions and answers about Red Light Therapy will be helpful to your experience with the treatment. In addition we have provided a video (below) on how to use Red Light Therapy at our Elite Sports Club-North Shore location. Each of our clubs’ beds & protocols (available at all clubs) may vary slightly, however, are for the most part similar.

Elite Sports Clubs’ Member Services Representative, Vicky Nelson Explains How to Use Red Light Therapy

Have you tried Red Light Therapy yet? What results have you seen so far? Do you have any more questions that were not covered above?


  • Sasha Grenci says:

    Can I use the red light therapy while having a copper IUD?

  • James Rudolph says:

    Is this a full body process that all my skin can be exposed to the loghtbso helps heal better ?

  • Renee says:

    I wear a pitch black vinyl eye mask and the light is still bright. I’m guessing it will go through clothing and make-up.

  • Karen says:

    I workout out, then use the bed immediately.
    Can I shower right after treatment??


  • Fatima says:

    Can red light therapy get rid of dark marks

    • Elite Sports Clubs says:

      Results vary between individuals, but some have said Red Light helps brighten up dark spots. Long-term therapy would be required.

  • Charles says:

    Does red light therapy result in temporary improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, or permanent? By “permanent” I mean if someone gets a face lift that sets the clock back so they look 10 years younger, then, while they will age normally from that point on, they will always look 10 years younger than they otherwise would have. Temporary improvement is what Botox gives. Six months after you’ve stopped using Botox it is as though you never did.

    • Elite Sports Clubs says:

      Results vary for every Red Light user. It is recommended that Red Light treatment be ongoing to see effective results.

  • Andy says:

    I have chronic inflammation in my shoulder due to a surgery. How deep does this light penetrate? Any links to studies that have been done?

  • Cassaundra Paolini says:

    Incorrect information on the first question: according to all studies regarding red light therapies and their results, the skin must be clean to receive the benefits; this would mean absolutely no facial make-up or creams/lotions on the skin before/during use.

  • Melissa Smith Abramovich says:

    I'm a personal trainer at Elite Sports Clubs, River Glen, and teach some classes at North Shore and Mequon locations as well. I've tried the Red light therapy two separate times: once for about a month when we first started to offer it, and then I re-started it later. I really tried it to see if I could reduce my stretch marks (I've had two babies, and I've lost about 135 pounds total–one of the reasons I became a trainer is to help others achieve weight loss and health after achieving it myself). The first time around, it was winter, and I definitely felt better after using the therapy every time for Seasonal Affective Disorder (lack of sunlight in winter, subsequent vitamin D deficiency), but didn't see much as far as the stretch marks.

    When I re-started the therapy, I actually did notice a visible reduction in the stretch marks. You do need to keep going consistently, and you don't start noticing the results until you are into your second month, but it does actually work to help your skin repair. I was really surprised, to be honest with you. Like many of you, I will try just about anything if there is a chance that something will work–on wrinkles, on stretch marks, for weight loss, on cellulite–come on, we're women! We want to look our best and get there easily if possible! Most of the time, like you, I'm disappointed. Stick with this, it does work. It's not overnight, but it does work. Try the introductory month, follow the instructions, and then follow through with at least a second month to give it the chance to work.

    Added bonus: If you have some chronic pain issues, it helps with that, also.

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