When it comes to treatment for acne and problem-prone skin, dermatologist-led clinical treatments are the safest and most effective route to clear, healthy skin. However, when a visit to a clinic can be a costly and time-consuming process, many of us look for treatments which can offer the results we long for from the comfort of our own home.
Lucky for us, many treatments once reserved for in-office facials and treatments have tricked down into the consumer market, making the glowing, healthy post-facial skin we dream of a little more obtainable.
For decades, facialists and dermatologists have been using UV light therapy to help those suffering with acne and problematic skin. Known to have transformative effects, light therapy has been reserved for in-office treatments but has recently emerged onto the skincare market.
What is acne light therapy?
Acne light therapy is a non-invasive acne treatment which works to clear breakouts and speed up the healing process of spots and blemishes. The two kinds of light therapy used to help treat acne - red light and blue light therapy - work independently to treat and prevent mild to moderate acne.
Red light therapy is known to reduce inflammation and diffuse the appearance of acne. Traditionally used as an anti-ageing treatment due to its ability to stimulate collagen production, red light therapy also reduces imflammation making acne slightly more manageable.
Blue light therapy on the other hand targets acne-causing bacteria. As bacteria is very sensitive to the blue light spectrum, the blue light penetrates the skin's hair follicles and pores which harbour bacteria inhibit acne developing.
Light therapy is particularly beneficial for those who hope to clear their skin but want to avoid using overly drying, heavy-duty chemical treatments. Treatments such as Salicylic Acid work wonders on many complexions but can often be too harsh on delicate skin types. Light therapy is free of chemicals and UV light, effectively treating without damaging your skin.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask
Inspired by dermatologist treatments, Neutrogena have now created their very own light therapy treatment using in-office technology to be used from the comfort of your own home.
The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask harnesses the power of clinically proven technology to clear acne, reducing inflamed breakouts and targeting spots before the appear.
Utilising LED light, the Acne Mask combines the power of red and blue light therapy to disrupt your acne cycle and help your skin to heal and recover for a clearer, healthier complexion.
Unlike clinical in-office treatments, the Light Therapy Acne Mask is safe for every day, consistent use. Following your evening cleanse, use the mask for ten minutes and relax. Used alone or in combination with other acne-fighting products over a period of twelve weeks, the reduces the appearance of acne and helps to prevent new blemishes from forming. Skin will be left clear and radiant.
New for 2018: Neutrogena Light Therapy Pen
For those with concentrated acne or hoping to reduce the appearance of single spots, Neutrogena have expanded their Light Therapy line with the Light Therapy Targeted Acne Spot Treatment. Perfect for on-the-go treatments, this pen-shaped tool utilises the same technology as the mask to target and treat blemishes.
When used for two minutes, three times a day, the Targeted Acne Spot Treatment will reduce the irritation and appearance of your blemishes for a clearer, more even complexion. Small and mighty, the pen is perfect for those who love the Neutrogena Mask but frequently travel as well as those who do not need acne treatment all over their face and instead want to target single breakouts.