Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask Review
The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask claims to use red and blue LED lights to disrupt the acne cycle and delivers clearer, healthier skin. I like how this unique device uses a non-abrasive method to treat acne, since often times inflammation caused by acne will be irritated and worsen due to physical abrasion.
The Light Therapy Acne Mask can be purchased with the activator (that is essential in order for the mask to function) for C$45.99-$49.99. Unfortunately, the activator will only supply you with 30 uses, so once your first activator runs out, you will need to purchase another activator for C$19.99-$21.99.
The feel of the mask is quite cheap because of the light, thin plastic that the mask is made out of – unfitting of something that costs nearly $50. With that being said, I’m glad it is light because if not, the mask would most likely slide off of my face or feel heavy during the 10-minute treatment sessions.
I was quite shocked to find out that the mask only supplies 30 uses before the user needs to go out and purchase another one. What I ended up doing is I only use this mask during the periods where my skin is having more of a difficult time with breakouts. This way, I’m extending the use of the product while combatting acne.
How Neutrogena recommends using the mask:
- Wash face clean of makeup and daily impurities.
- Slip the mask on like a pair of glasses and turn it on by pushing the power button on the Activator.
- Relax for 10 minutes while the skin is bathed in red and blue light until the unit turns itself off.
- Once you’ve used the activator 30 times, recycle it with Stericycle.
According to Neutrogena, acne starts with oil being trapped under the skin which causes a type of bacteria called P. acnes to develop. The brand claims that the Light Therapy Acne Mask uses light to penetrate the skin and ultimately reduce the bacteria that is causing acne. The blue light emitting from the mask is supposed to fight the P.acnes bacteria, while the red light calms down inflammation and swelling.
This is a 100% chemical-free treatment!
After the first night of using this mask, my skin the next morning felt less inflamed and irritated. Thinking that it was probably due to other factors like sleep and healthy eating the day before, I brushed it off, not attributing the results to the mask. However, I’ve been using this for the past week and I’m surprised to see that the redness from recent acne has calmed down and I was not breaking out as much as the previous week! I think that it is important to point out though, that this Light Therapy Acne Mask did not eliminate all my breakouts. So although it has proven to have somewhat of a positive overall effect on the inflammation on my face, it did not help me get rid of the acne on my face completely.
Note: I did not change anything else in my skincare or lifestyle regimen. I’ve had a consistent morning and evening skincare routine for the past 3 weeks prior to this testing period.
I am, however, interested in seeing if this mask provides long term benefits to my skin, or if my breakouts will flare up again once I stop using it for a while. The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask has quite a hefty price tag, and since it only lasts for 30 days, I cannot see myself repurchasing the activator every month in order to keep my acne at bay.
Fit of the Mask
The glasses were too small for my face – gave me a slight headache after each use (nothing severe enough that would prevent me from using it).
After further testing and seeing if the mask provides long-term benefits, I will update this review. If I can break up my 30 usages and only use it during problematic periods, I think that this product is worth it because after the initial purchase, each $20 activator should last me 3-4 months.
If you’re interested, the Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask will be shelved in your local Walmarts and Shoppers Drug Marts soon!
*I received this product complimentary by Neutrogena through Brandbacker. All opinions are my own #GotItForFree
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