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Have you ever wanted to try light therapy for acne at home? If you have– but you nixed the idea because you thought that it was still only available in Dermatologists’ offices for around $500 per treatment, I’m happy to prove you wrong! You can now try clinically proven light therapy in the comfort of your own home with a cool patented mask from Neutrogena®. I wrote about my first impression of the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask about a month ago (read the full post here), and on that publish date, I was only on treatment #20. As of today, I’ve finished my first 30 treatments, and I’m ecstatic to be able to share the results!
To give you a little background on the subject, light therapy is a clinically proven, effective acne technology used by dermatologists for over a decade. The energy from red and blue lights gently filters through skin and has been scientifically shown to target acne-causing bacteria, reducing the appearance of breakouts. Although it looks a little intimidating at first glance, I promise the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask is super easy to use. It’s lightweight and has a viewing slot that enables easy multi-tasking during use. Plus, this light therapy acne mask is chemical-free, FDA cleared, UVA/UVB-free, and doesn’t get hot at any point during treatment. After properly cleaning your face (I like to use Clean & Clear® Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes), just follow these three steps: 1. Put on your mask, 2. Activate your mask, and 3. Wear for ten minutes. See below for photographic tutorial!
As for the benefits you can expect of light therapy for acne, a clinical study showed that results from the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask began in as little as one week and continued to improve over time. Nearly 100% of users showed fewer breakouts at twelve weeks with daily use. As for me personally, I can absolutely confirm that I’ve seen a reduction in the appearance, size, and redness of breakouts. My skin feels and looks great– and wearing this mask for ten minutes a day while I work, do yoga, or chat on the phone sure beats going to my Dermatologist’s office for a chemical peel or a $500 light therapy treatment.
Oh, and the only real caveat to remember is that you shouldn’t use the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask with any products containing an active ingredient, like Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, or Adapalene. I like to use Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes, since they’re portable, easy to use, and they work like a dream to instantly lift away all traces of oil, dirt, and even waterproof mascara– all without over-drying your skin.
If you or someone you know may want to try the acne mask, you can pick one up at Walmart in the beauty aisle. Also, if you finish your 30 treatments and still love your light therapy acne mask as much as I do, you can purchase a Neutrogena activator for $14.97 at Walmart each month to continue treatment. No need to ever buy a new mask! Has anyone else given it a try yet? What did you think about the benefits of light therapy for acne?