Beauty

This new LED light mask is meant to be game-changing for acne sufferers. So we had to try it

Previously, this technology was reserved for the dermatologist’s office.

By Erin Cook

DISCLAIMER: If you suffer from acne, I’m about to introduce you to a product that could be life-changing.

Introducing the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask.

This new at-home mask uses LED light technology that was previously reserved for the doctor’s office. If the mask sounds familiar, that’s because we fangirled HARD over the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask when the brand introduced it to American consumers in October last year.

Now, the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask is available in Australian stores. So I gave it a whirl to see what the fuss is about.

^^ Me looking like a grade-A idiot in the name of ~journalism~.

What is LED light therapy — and why should I put this Stormtrooper mask on my face?

As previously mentioned, the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask utilises LED light technology. So, what’s the big deal with LED? According to Dr Natasha Cook, dermatologist and founder of Dr Natasha Cook Cosmeceuticals: “The single best treatment for cystic acne is oral Roaccutane.” But if you’re not ready to go down that path, “non-drug treatments like blue and red light lasers and LED can help settle inflammation.” Basically, these little red and blue lights gently zap away pimple causing bacteria.

Not only does LED help with acne, it’s also a powerful anti-ager. (But don’t just take my word for it! Zoë Foster Blake says so too.) While those little lights are busy zappin’ bacteria, they also stimulate cells and encourage them to produce collagen and elastin.

Initially, LED light therapy was developed to reduce the appearance of post-surgery scars. The whole acne-fighting and anti-ageing thing was an added bonus. New York-based dermatologist Dr Dennis Gross even went as far as to say, “LED light is the next frontier.”

How does it work?

On a practical level, the mask stays on your head via a pair of orange-tinted in-built glasses. I whacked them on my face and pressed the singular button on the hand held device. Easy!

How long do you have to wear it for?

The mask only has one setting and will automatically turn off after 10 minutes.

Is there a way to wear it without looking ridiculous?

Absolutely not. Embrace it. Or don’t. Either way, you’re going to look like a right fool.

How does it feel on your skin?

Once I turned the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask on, it felt like I was lying in direct sunlight on a hot summer day, sans hat. It’s not uncomfortable, but you’ll definitely notice it’s on.

Can you do other things around the house while you’re wearing it?

Yes and no. After turning the mask on, it took a few minutes for my eyes to adjust to the bright lights. On top of that, my range of sight was pretty limited.

In saying that, I was still able to potter about the house and freak out my cat.

Are you going to keep using it?

Absolutely. While I don’t suffer from acne, my skin has been noticeably clearer and more glow-y since I started using this treatment. If any of my housemates are reading this, please keep your mitts off the mask. There are only 30 sessions and I need them all for myself, thank-you-very-much.

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How do I buy one?

The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask is available from stores for $59.99. Click here to buy one for yourself or shop via the Priceline feature below.