The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask ($50) has upped the ante on acne-bacteria eradicating blue-light devices with the addition of inflammation reducing red light. Together, the coloured beams treat active acne and work “on a cellular level to prevent pimples from forming,” says Jessica Snell, manager of R&D, Global Beauty, at Johnson & Johnson.
The mask has been designed so that the light meets skin’s needs: The white colour means that any rogue light that bounces off the skin is reflected back, and the 21 UV-free LED lights are strategically placed to direct treatment to the most acne-prone areas of the face (the jawline, forehead and chin). The device holds 30 10-minute once-daily treatments that use the same technology—albeit at a lower energy level—as a procedure you would get at a derm’s office. (The activator on the mask needs to be replaced at the end of every 30-day cycle—but it can be recycled.) Unrelated to its efficacy: A photo of the product in action is excellent Instagram content. Your move, sheet masks.
Saw the ad for the light therapy acne mask and became obsessed so when we got home from our journey it was waiting on my side of the bed. Thank you @jackantonoff, even if you just did it to amuse yourself. #notanad #justapsycho UPDATE: for those thinking this is a fancy awards season prep tool to the stars, it's Neutrogena and it's $35.
This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of ELLE Canada.
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