For me there is nothing more exciting than the latest beauty gadget. Mixing the promise of unbeatable results and tech, beauty gadgets are one of my favourite things to trial from Made From Beauty. Recently I’ve been trying out a new, futuristic-looking beauty gadget from Neutrogena; the Light Therapy Acne Mask.
Now apart from making you look like another member of Daft Punk, this mask has some serious science behind it to help fight breakouts. If you suffer with acne or hormonal breakouts, this really is the product for you (no matter how silly you’ll look wearing it).
There’s nothing worse than a ‘bad skin day’. It can really knock your confidence. Neutrogena recent research that found that up to 56% of us would describe ourselves as ‘ugly…self-conscious…and insecure’ on days when our skin is at our worst. Although it’s a horrible statistic; I find it totally believable. I know that when my skin is having a bad moment I don’t feel myself and over-analyse my face. Whilst we are going through the worst of it, many of us avoid places with bright lights, we’re worried they can highlight those areas we are conscious of. Over 30% of the women surveyed avoid beauty counters and 21% avoid shop changing rooms when they are worried about their skin.
When something like a skin problem starts to affect our everyday lives, many of us are desperate to do anything to change it. This normally means we go crazy trying new products and attack the skin with different formulas in a desperate attempt to help. This can led to the skin becoming more aggravated and break out even more! That is why I think the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask is such a good idea! The last thing you want to do is dry out the skin, or cause more damage and redness by scrubbing and tugging at the skin.
I am absolutely fascinated with light therapy for acne and breakouts. The mask uses a combination of two different lights to tackle different problems; a blue light helps rid the skin of acne-causing bacteria, while the red light reduces inflammation of the skin. The mask is also so easy to use; you can pop it on whilst doing the house work, or watching the TV and it only takes 10 minutes for each treatment. With freshly cleansed skin, pop the mask on to treat the skin (the mask automatically shuts off after 10 minutes), and then go straight on to the rest of your skincare routine.
Although I don’t suffer with acne, I do have trouble with hormonal breakouts. I normally get a huge cluster of blemishes pop up along my jawline and chin around my time of the month. Although my breakouts are not as hard to deal with as acne, they are a pain and can take a couple of weeks to completely go. Whilst I have them I normally cover my skin up and don’t go out without makeup (did you know that 35% of us will not let our partner see us without makeup when our skin has flared up?).
So having the mask has been an a great tool for me when tackling these monthly breakouts. I find that after only a couple of treatments, I can see my blemishes starting to heal quickly. Unlike other at-home light therapy treatments, the two different coloured lights in the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask actually help heal active blemishes and prevent new ones from appearing by tackling skins bacteria, as well as calming the skin.
As I don’t suffer from blemishes all the time, I have just been using the mask when and if I need it. I can normally feel a big hormonal blemish brewing on my chin the day before it actually rears its ugly head; so this is when I reach for the mask. I have also been using a few of the new Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot-Proofing products to keep blemishes under control. I have been particularly loving the Oil-Free Moisturiser. As an affordable moisturiser, it is brilliant for keeping skin hydrated without clogging pores or causing more breakouts.
All in in all, I think the mask is a brilliant at-home light therapy treatment. On my skin it has been effective at keeping my monthly breakouts at bay and clearing them up quickly. But I think this mask would work wonders on difficult to manage acne. So will you be trying out the new Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask? Let me know in the comments below.
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