Once upon a time in the land of clinical dermal treatments there lived light therapy, a treatment designed to rejuvenate and refresh your skin from a multitude of sins. Fast forward a decade or so later and light therapy is becoming more easily accessible and now you can even do it at home!
Enter: Neutrogena’s new Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask – $69.95 (ON SALE SEPTEMBER 1)
Please note; this post is produced in collaboration with Neutrogena, although as always all views and opinions expressed are honest and my own.
OK, so this new acne mask is pretty freakin’ exciting. Mainly for people with mild to moderate acne, but I also feel as though it’s also a sign of the beauty future to come.
You see back in the day the only place you could really have gone to get a little light action to improve your skin tone, acne etc… would have been in a clinic but with new devices like these, you can basically bring the clinic to you. (Meaning stretchy pants and Netflix on repeat. Yaaas.)
Now of course, light therapy exists to treat a number of conditions but for the purpose of this review I’ll only be mainly chatting about red and blue light therapy which are the lights designed to treat acne and the ones that this new mask is all about.
You see blue and red light therapy treats acne by targeting bacteria in the skin that causes acne breakouts.
And how do acne breakouts start? Well, it all begins with a build-up of oil under the skin which causes a type of bacteria called P. acnes to multiply. Pores get blocked with this bacteria along with excess oil and dead skin cells and you pretty much end up with an acne break out all over your face. Or on random patchy areas of your face. Fun times.
But alas, never fear! Because if you use blue or red light therapy you could potentially treat this bacteria and stop it from multiplying.
WELL, to explain it super easily… the light gently penetrates the skin to kill the bacteria that causes acne breakouts; and when you reduce the bacteria, you reduce your acne.
So basically that’s what this mask is designed to do. Kill the bacteria that causes breakouts (in turn reducing your breakouts), allow your skin to gently heal itself from within and visibly improve its appearance for a clearer/healthier/more glowy complexion.
However, if you have severe acne unfortunately this mask isn’t recommended for you. Ditto if you have no acne – you don’t need this mask LOL. Like why would you buy it?
Anyway, I have had the mask for over a couple of months now, and since I don’t have acne, and my skin is currently clear I passed the mask onto a girlfriend who is prone to breakouts to play with and also forced it on my husband while he had a couple of breakouts too.
It’s also not recommended to use while pregnant or breastfeeding as the risks are unknown and have not been established. A group of which I am currently a part of as well – however, ladies do still tend to use light therapies during their pregnancy so each to their own.
OK so now let’s get onto the fun part re. how it works. And I need to start by saying that it’s super easy. Like so easy it’s a dream.
SO the package comes with the mask face, with I guess sunnies? (eye shield and over ear arms) attached to the inside, along with the light therapy acne mask activator treatment countdown timer thing that clicks into the mask in order for you to turn it on.
So all you have to do is plug the treatment countdown timer into the mask and hold down the power button for a few seconds and you can start.
You get 30 treatments with each mask and every time you hold the button down to start, the timer will reduce your sessions to go with (if that makes sense?) The back of the mask then emits the lights for ten minutes, so after cleansing you pop it on (kinda like a face shield), wear it for ten minutes and then it turns off automatically when complete.
I love this addition to a skincare routine (#SelfcareSunday HELLO!) and for visibly clearer, smoother skin why would you not give this a go?
Anyway for a little more…
PROS TO THE MASK:
For the price point and for the mere fact that thanks to this mask you can now use light therapy at home in your stretchy pants while watching Netflix in a relatively cheap fashion while improving your skin tone and reducing your breakouts instead of booking into a clinic I’m down for this. Both my girlfriend’s breakouts improved and my husband (who just had one on his face) went down the next day. My husband also weirdly loved it. He is not into skincare at all but maybe because it was like a fun gadgety type piece of tech equipment it intrigued him more than usual. Plus, in conjunction with your skincare routine light therapy is killer for improving your skin, so yes. $69.95? Like, that’s pretty affordable for 30 treatments right!
CONS TO THE MASK:
It’s a little flimsy, so I think it could easily break. Like if you have a toddler who likes to throw things or study everything in a very destructive manner keep them away. I also had a little trouble showing my GF how to use it at the beginning when I was holding down the power button (not sure if this was just me being a clutz though HA). But when I held it down the countdown timer went on, but the lights didn’t and then the number of sessions reduced without a treatment. Weird? So be extra careful (or patient!) And obviously this mask isn’t as strong as an in clinic treatment.
SO if you have acne or are prone to breakouts I am in love with this new product. Seriously, light therapy from the comfort of your own home. Just think of the beauty future to come!
Plus acne is the worst isn’t it. It’s like why do they suddenly pop up again when you’re 30 instead of 13! Sureeeee we may be more stressed and reaching for the chocolate which may have a little (OK, A LOT) to do with it, or we may breakout more during that time of the month, but SHEEESH. Skin. C’moon.
On the bright side tho… if you do have acne you get to play with fun new beauty products of the future like this.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear™ Light Therapy Acne Mask will be available at Priceline Pharmacy, Chemist Warehouse and other pharmacies retailers from September 1, 2017. The LED pack with one mask and 30 sessions worth of Activator is $69.99, while the Activator is $29.99. Head to neutrogena.com.au for more info.
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Tell me babez, what do you think of this new mask? Do you have acne? Would you try this?