I Tried The Light Therapy Mask Everyone Is Talking About

It's lit.

Caitlin M.
ByCaitlin M.

Last week, we told you that light treatments are all the rage in the anti-aging and acne world. But what kind of Influensters would we be if we didn't give the trend a go ourselves? We got our hands on one of the more affordable options out there, the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, and decided to give it a shot. Here's our story!

The product: Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask ($29.99, Target)

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask

What it is: Just as it looks, the Light Therapy Mask is a full face mask that utilizes bacteria-fighting red and blue lights to tackle acne. Perfect for those with just a few breakouts to those suffering from moderate to heavy acne, this mask stays on for 10 minutes to help soothe your problem skin. It even contains wearable glasses built right in to minimize any potential damage to your pretty peepers.

Our take: So, I've had facial light therapy treatments performed before. But my past experiences have included a professional treatment where an aesthetician used a super fancy device all over my face and a hyper-targeted acne wand to tackle those annoying pimples that pop up overnight. This at-home, all-over face mask territory was new to me. And after seeing Lena Dunham sporting the mask, I knew I had to test it. 



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The device itself is super easy to use. First, you wash and cleanse your face so you're starting with a fresh canvas. Then you simply connect the clicker (which is basically the on/off button) to the mask and place the built-in glasses over your ears so the eye shield is over your eyes. Press "on" and watch it light up and get to action.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not like the waiting period of using beauty products. But this was a true breeze. The entire process takes 10 minutes and doesn't require you to do anything during those glorious 10 minutes. I personally found the lights to be quite bright, even with the glasses over my eyes. So I shut my eyes and listened to repeat episodes of Girls—can you tell I'm on my Lena Dunham kick? 

Once your treatment is done, the mask turns itself off automatically and the clicker counts down your uses so you always know how many treatments you have left. I followed the treatment with my favorite night serum and eye cream and hit the sack for my prescribed eight hours of beauty sleep.

neutrogena light therapy mask reivew

Bottom line: This was the easiest 10 minutes of waiting for a beauty product to work of my life. The process was completely painless, which I know is a big concern of many looking to hop on the LED light train. No heat, no pain, no pressure. Nothing. My biggest complaint was the brightness. To be honest, I found the light very bright. I could not keep my eyes open at all and even with them closed, I found the light slightly aggressive. So I took the obligatory Snapchat selfie and shut them for the whole time. With that said, it was a fast 10 minutes.

And the results? Considering I only used one treatment of this mask for an honest first impression, it's a little difficult for me to attest to the entire 30 treatments of the mask. (And really, you don't need to use this mask every day for 30 days unless you have serious inflammation.) But, the two major blemishes I was hoping to shrink and the speckling of baby pimples around my hairline were significantly less noticeable and red when I woke up the next morning. Coincidence? I think not.

Have you tried this light mask? What is your take? Share with us!

About the Author
Caitlin M.
Caitlin M.
Runner. Music lover. All things nachos. Follow me on Instagram: @caitlinsmiller