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Light therapy has been used by dermatologists for decades, but at ~$500 per treatment, not to mention frequent visits to the dermatologist, that’s rarely feasible for most of us. Fortunately, clinically proven light therapy is now affordable and available at home, thanks to the Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask.
Because this mask makes light therapy feasible on a daily basis, you’re likely to see results comparable to the more expensive dermatologist treatments. Why? Because acne-causing bacteria replicates constantly, and the more often you prevent its growth, the less of a chance your skin has to react and breakout.
Clinical studies even suggest this, as participants using the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask began to show results in as little as 1 week! And their acne continued to improve over time. Best results were seen after 12 weeks of daily use, so frequent and on-going treatments of at-home light therapy is really key!
How Light Therapy Works to Treat Acne
The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask treats acne and allows skin to heal itself for clearer skin overall. But how does it work? The mask directs both blue and red light simultaneously into the pores. Blue light kills 99% of acne-causing bacteria to help prevent breakouts, while the red light reduces the size and redness of breakouts while allowing skin to heal. (So even if you’re acne is caused by hormones rather than bacteria, this mask will still help to lessen their appearance.) Light therapy is also surprisingly safe and completely painless – it doesn’t involve any chemicals, UVA/UVB rays, or heat, and it’s FDA cleared.
What’s in the Box?
Inside Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Acne Mask box, you’ll find everything you need to get started on your first 30 treatments right away. The contents include one light therapy mask with built-in glasses, one activator (batteries included), and a brief, easy-to-read manual. There is no assembly required, other than a quick 2-second setup as you plug the mask cord into the activator.
The included activator is good for 30 treatments (i.e. a 1 month/30-day supply). If you want to continue using the mask past 30 days, you’ll need to purchase the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask Activator refill each month, which you can purchase individually for around $14.97 at Walmart (this equates to ~$0.50/day).
Important note: Do not hit the button on the activator until you are ready to start a treatment! Each time you start the device up, it counts as one of your 30 treatment sessions.
My Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask Routine
I personally have mild acne, which basically boils down to frequent blackheads, whiteheads, and the occasional pimple from both hormones and bacteria. I was really anxious to see if this mask would help minimize future pimples and also help clear up my blackheads and whiteheads. So I began using the light therapy mask this month (November), and will continue using it daily until the 30 treatments are up. Here’s my full routine along with a little demo on how to use the device:
The first step is to wash and dry your face to remove makeup and oil, and help expose your pores for the treatment. For both their convenience and ability to remove oil, dirt, and even waterproof makeup, I’ve been using the Clean & Clear® Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes for this step. They leave my skin feeling clean and refreshed in one quick step – no rinsing required.
Once my face is cleansed, it’s time to move onto the treatment! Simply grab your mask and put them on like you would a pair of glasses.
Next, press and hold the power button for 1 second to begin the treatment, then just relax with the mask in place for the next 10 minutes.
Important note: Treatments cannot be paused, so be aware that if you press the activator button during your treatment, you’ll lose the rest of that session!
The mask is surprisingly very lightweight, plus it has an open slot that allows you to multi-task during the treatment. Since it’s only 10 minutes long, I’ll typically pass the time by catching up on my favorite Youtubers’ videos on my phone.
When the treatment is over, the mask and lights will turn off automatically, and the counter on the activator will show how many treatment sessions are left.
And that’s all there is to it! The whole process is super easy to integrate into my daily skincare routine, and I am very much looking forward to seeing the results!
Stay tuned for
next month’s post my updated post here where I share my results after using the mask for 30 consecutive days. In the meantime, if you’re anxious to try out the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask for yourself, you can pick one up at Walmart in the acne/facial care aisle!
What are your thoughts on light therapy? Have you ever tried a light therapy treatment at the dermatologists office or at-home?