Sometimes, skincare products isn’t only just a mix of cream and gels. I rarely use any electronic skincare products (am I the only person who hasn’t tried Clarisonic yet?) I recently got to try the Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask. It makes me feel as cool as a Death Eater and it’s the only wearable device that uses red and blue light to treat acne in ten minute sessions.
The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask ($45.99-49.99 CAD) comes in two parts – the mask and the Activator. Each Light Therapy Acne Mask Activator has 30 uses (10 minutes per use,) and replacing them costs from $19.99-$21.99 CAD. The Activator is the remote control looking device, which has a small screen that displays how many uses you have left.
The mask has LED lights inside and when you press the on button on the Activator, all the LED lights up red and blue. The two colours simultaneously kill acne causing bacteria (blue light) and reduce inflammation (red light.) And you just wear the mask like putting on a pair of sunglasses. Yes, there are yellow tinted glasses incorporated into the mask.
At first I was worried it would be a waste to throw away the Activator, but Neutrogena is partnering with Stericycle to recycle them. You can go on the page here to see how you can recycle your Activator. It can be recycled at no cost as you can generate a pre-paid shipping label!
After you cleanse your skin, wear the mask for ten minuJtes – very easy to incorporate in your skincare routine. Plus, that means you are giving yourself some extra time to relax! The light could be a bit harsh on your eyes at first, but they adjust a bit after. I had no problem Netflix-ing while mask-ing.
So……does it work?
The Light Therapy Acne Mask treats mild to moderate acne, so if you are prone to breakouts, this might not be the perfect solution for you. My breakouts are more concentrated on my forehead and chin, and it gets worse when it comes to my time of the month. For the bigger pimples/zits that hide under the skin, those definitely won the battle against Mr. Light Therapy Acne Mask. For the smaller to mid size pimples that like to chill on my skin for a days then go red for a few days, the mask helped it heal a bit faster and shrunk them a bit. Unlike using products that dry the pimples out, I didn’t feel like my skin felt dryer after using the mask, Overall though, I didn’t notice a drastic difference, but maybe because there were a few days I skipped using the mask.
Though to be honest, when I turned the mask on at first, it reminded meJ of my engineering school days where you stick a bunch of LED lights in a circuit board, add a few resistors, and an on/off switch. MAYBE I should’ve held that circuit board to my face back then so I wouldn’t be adult-acne-ing now.
I still feel like the need to purchase an Activator is a bit unnecessary as costs could add up significantly if you do use this product on daily basis. Personally, I prefer paying a little bit more to recharge it. No doubt Neutrogena created a pretty cool product to treat acne, and it’s another interesting solution than typical over the counter acne treatment, or your products that has acids. Another limitation I find is the mask may not fit everyone’s face and the LED won’t reach certain spots on the face. It could be worth a try if you have mild acne and you like innovative skincare technology.
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Disclaimer: I partnered with NEUTROGENA®