Here's How My Skin Improved After I Tried Neutrogena's Light Therapy Acne Mask

I will try just about anything to rid my skin of acne.

From Proactiv to charcoal face masks, I've used almost every skincare product imaginable to cure my occasional (and annoying!) bouts of breakouts.

So when I read about Neutrogena's Light Therapy Acne Mask, I was intrigued, to say the least. I wondered how well light therapy could clear my skin.

To satisfy my curiosity, I strolled on down to CVS to pick up my very own mask.

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne mask

(The mask in all its glory)

Right away, I could already tell this product was going to be way easier to use than I'd expected. All I had to do was insert the mask's cord to the adaptor provided. It was already filled with batteries, I might add. Then I pressed the power button and sat back for 10 minutes and let the mask works its magic—the red light works to reduce inflammation and the blue light works to kill bacteria.

The best part is that the adaptor is self-timing and will automatically shut off after 10 minutes have passed, making it basically impossible for you to use it wrong.

Before I lit up the mask each morning, the instructions also noted that I wash my face prior to using it. I swear by Clean & Clear's Morning Burst Cleanser, because it wakes me up and leaves my skin feeling fresh, but you can wash your face with whichever product you like!

I'll admit that I'm generally pressed for time in the morning, so I was nervous about adding an extra 10 minutes to my normal routine. Thankfully, this contraption has built-in viewing glasses, allowing me to perform various morning tasks. Obviously I couldn't brush my teeth while wearing it, but I sure could pick out my outfit for the day and even make my breakfast of choice, toast.

Neutrogena's Light Therapy Acne Mask on

(And at last I see the light)

Telling you how easy it is to use is all fine and great, but I'm sure you really want to know if it helped clear my skin. Guess what, it totally did!

The first day I started using the mask, I had a planet-sized zit on the left side of my nostril. Feast your eyes on the monstrosity below:

Pimple on girl's nose

(Just a girl and her zit)

Delicious, I know. Now normally I would just pop that sucker like it's nobody's business, but I decided to let the mask have a go. That bad boy stood no chance against the mask's powerful light therapy, and after just four uses, it was toast.

Here's how my skin looked on Day One and Day Seven of using the mask:

Before and after using Neutrogena's Light Therapy Acne Mask

(Bye, bye acne!)

My skin is pretty much clear after a week-long trial run, with the occasional small pimple rearing its ugly head. But none of them last very long when I put on the mask.

I'd recommend anyone who has trouble with sporadic or constant acne flare-ups to try Neutrogena's mask. It's easy to use, pretty inexpensive ($35) and it works. It may be the only acne-clearing product I use from here on out.


Because we're talking about acne, HERE is really what causes you to break out.