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If you follow my blog, you may have read my past post where I talked about trying light therapy for the first time. Well, today, I’m going to be sharing my results, but first, let’s go into a little bit of background on what makes Neutrogena’s new Light Therapy Acne Mask unique.
Light therapy isn’t new – it has been used by dermatologists for decades, but never before was it available at such a budget-friendly price, until now. With the new Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, instead of spending $500 per treatment at the dermatologists, they’ve made it much more affordable (we’re talking 50 cents a day!). It uses the same technology – both blue and red light – to kill bacteria-causing acne, while also reducing current breakouts and allowing them to heal faster.
Besides the price difference, the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask also makes light therapy easier for us to incorporate into our everyday routines. Why is everyday use important? Because acne-causing bacteria replicates constantly, and the more often you prevent its growth by hitting it with blue light, the less of a chance your skin has to react and breakout.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask Review
I’m lucky enough to have pretty clear skin to start with, though I do get the occasional pimples from both stress/hormones, and also from touching my face a little too much. Of course, reading the mask’s benefits, I was super anxious to see if it would help minimize my breakouts, or at least calm them when they happened.
For max benefits, I used the light therapy mask daily for a whole month (starting back in November). The 10-minute treatments were surprisingly easy to fit into my schedule. I ended up leaving the mask in a spot I visit everyday – right in my living room, (slightly) concealed under the coffee table. I also kept the Clean & Clear® Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes close by for quick makeup removal.
This was all planned out to help remind me to do the treatment everyday. Plus, my living room served as the perfect spot to relax and read a magazine while I waited (and I do mean relax – light therapy is completely painless and does not involve chemicals, UVA/UVB rays, or heat!)
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask Results
All throughout the 30-days I kept a close eye on my skin, and to my surprise, I actually noticed some improvements! Now, my skin was pretty clear to start out, and luckily, it stayed that way for the first two weeks. Other than seeing no new pimples, I also noticed some of the redness on my cheeks and nose was starting to subside.
Then, about two weeks in, I experienced a random mini-breakout (during a very stressful week, which means it was hormones causing them). The interesting part is that the pimples didn’t last long – in fact, they disappeared the fastest I’ve even seen the little guys disappear! After 24 hours, they had completely shrunken down and weren’t as red or inflamed. And by the second day, they had almost completely disappeared.
After that little crisis, my skin returned back to normal again, and it stayed completely clear and zit free again for the remainder of the treatments. Here’s my makeup-free face after the full 30 days – there’s not one pimple in sight, and very little redness (much less than the usual for me).
Overall, though I don’t have the ability to see what’s actually going on deep down in my pores, I can say that by looking at the very surface, blue and red light therapy does appear to do what it claims. For me, the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask kept my skin clear of bacteria-causing acne throughout the whole treatment, and most impressively, it lessened my stress/hormonal acne, making it disappear in very short amount of time!
At this point, I’ve used up all of the initial treatments (i.e. the 30 that comes with the purchase of the mask), so if I want to continue using light therapy for another 30 days, I’ll need to buy a new activator. (They retail for ~$15 on Amazon). But considering my results so far and the fact that the best results are typically seen after 12 weeks of daily use, I’m excited to keep going!
Have you tried the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, or other forms of light therapy?
What are your thoughts on this technology?