If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I have always had issues with my skin. I seem to go through phases of having super clear, smooth skin, then head straight into the unwanted phase of breakouts all over my chin. The cycle seems never-ending and although I know that a lot of the breakouts are hormonal related, there are still a few things I have found that have really helped reduce the visibility of the breakouts.
One of which is using the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask on a regular basis. I originally purchased this on a bit of a whim as I was in such a state about my skin and was willing to try anything! So when I came across this, I thought I would give it a go as light therapy was one thing I was yet to try…
Light therapy has been used by used LED lights to penetrate the skin and target the bacteria causing acne breakouts. It uses blue lights to target the bacteria, and red lights to reduce the inflammation.
You might have seen that you can get this specific treatment done in salons, but as the price can mount up, I thought that investing in my own device could be a better solution as I would have more freedom to use it on a regular basis. Individual treatments can cost as much as £15 for ten minutes. So investing £60 for this light therapy mask (you can usually find it on offer somewhere), seemed like a better investment.
With the light therapy mask you also get an activator that has 30 uses on it, so you have enough to last you for a month. I find this really annoying, along with most other people from the reviews I have seen, as it seems to be a ploy to get you to keep repurchasing. Once you have used all 30 uses from the activator, it no longer works, so you have to buy another one for an additional £14.99. This again is worth looking out for offers and stocking up as I know Boots recently had these reduced to £9.99.
For ten minutes each day, you wear the mask. Literally just pop it on and let the lights work their magic – it is that simple! I usually put an audiobook or music on while I have it on so I have something to listen to while waiting the ten minutes. As the lights are quite bright, I like to take the time to close my eyes and just relax!
You are supposed to use it daily for 12 weeks but it states you can see results in as little as 1 week of continuous use. I personally haven’t used it for 12 weeks but have noticed a difference in my skin. I used it continuously for 30 days to start with, then purchased another activator and have since been using it every other day as I haven’t felt my skin needed it every day. This routine seems to be working for me too! The acne on my jawline specifically has amazingly cleared up. It feels so good to not have painful spots in that area of my face. Around my chin, the acne has significantly reduced and I now seem to get only the odd spot here and there. Usually, these are quite painful ones, but I don’t break out as regularly as I once did!
So although my skin isn’t perfect, it is slowly getting there with the use of this light therapy mask and a few other bits and pieces in my targeted skincare routine. I’m going to continue using this mask every other day and hopefully, my skin will only carry on improving.
Have you ever tried light therapy before? Did it work for you?