Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, $80, Activator $40.
What is it?
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask the latest high-tech, ultra gentle, wearable LED light that is brilliant for clearing acne and reducing redness and inflammation. Also very affordable and ideal for the teens in your life.
How does it work?
This Star Wars-inspired, Stormtrooper–esque mask, with built-in glasses, emits blue light (to treat acne) and red light (for healing). Short of blinding you with science, this technology has been around for decades in dermatologist offices and top quality spas, as well as at-home LED devices. However, the difference between this new addition to the market and other at-home devices is the legit research that backs up the results.
What is it designed to do?
The blue light excites the acne-causing bacteria that sits on the surface of the skin to the point that it begins to die and stop multiplying. Because acne-causing bacteria replicates continuously, the beauty with this tool is that you can treat the acne daily. Acne sufferers will admit to trying anything that offers skin clearing results. And for many, these come at a cost to the clear skin on your face. Most pimple-clearing skincare contains drying ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and retinol. And while they clear a complexion fast they can also cause dryness, redness, and sensitivities. While Neutrogena's battery-operated device will lessen inflammation, another culprit when it comes to zits becoming inflamed. So while the blue light goes on a bacteria-killing spree to make sure your skin is clean and clear, the red light calms the redness. However, this Light Therapy Acne Mask isn't without limitations, it won't treat hormonal acne (breakout that is usually, concentrated around the chin and neck area), but it will help calm the redness and reduce inflammation.
How to use it?
Cleanse skin with a gentle skin cleanser and pat dry. Put the mask on the face; the glasses help hold it in place (which means you can check your social feeds or walk around while wearing it). Turn on the applicator for 10 minutes, and the mask will turn itself off automatically. Each offers 30 light therapy treatments.
What do the dermatologists say?
According to Sydney-based consultant dermatologist, Dr. Eleni Yiasemides acne is a very common condition that affects more than just the skin. "It can be a daily struggle for many teenagers and adults. LED therapy has been used by dermatologists for many years to treat acne. It works by gently penetrating the skin and targeting acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammation."
Who is talking about it?
Call me a beauty geek, but we love clinical research - and results. The clinical trial on 52 subjects with mild to moderate acne, revealed 80 percent showed fewer breakouts after one week of daily light therapy. And after 12 weeks, 98 percent had fewer breakouts, while 94 percent reported smoother-looking skin. With my focus group of one, my teenage son, I along with him were thrilled with the results. After three months of using the mask three times a week, his acne looked less angry and the pimples were noticeably reduced - and last time I checked his skin was pretty much pimple-free. One of the most Insta-worthy beauty launches I have attended this year, celebrities like Jessica Alba and Kelly Rowland have also been posting up a storm and celebrating the benefits ofLED light therapy.