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Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask review – Does it work?

My review of the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask

A professional facial is done in a few stages targeting blemishes and giving you a smooth complexion. The light therapy is one of these stages. Beauticians use two types of light – blue and red. At first they expose your skin to the blue light which targets and kills bacteria and then the red light helps reduce inflammation and sebum and heals scarring.

The lights used at professional clinics are very strong, hence why it’s recommended to do a professional facial once every 3-4 weeks. This is exactly the length of the full life cycle of skin cell growth and exfoliation.

The Neutrogena light therapy acne mask emits both lights at the same time penetrating your skin and helping fight acne. The strength of both lights is adjusted to daily use and won’t do any harm to your skin.

When I was going through my adolescence I never had skin problems. I did get impurities from time to time but they were a one-off thing. A year ago I started getting a lot of pimples on my forehead. Then those pimples somehow migrated onto my cheeks and turned into mild acne. It’s not too bad however, it’s quite itchy and makes me feel very uncomfortable. It takes so long for the spots to heal but then I get little dark marks which take even longer to completely disappear.

I have decided to try the Neutrogena light therapy acne mask to hopefully clear my face from acne. I’ve used it for almost two months now and want to tell you all the pros and cons of using the light therapy mask.

The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask PROS and CONS


  • It doesn’t have a UV light which means it’s absolutely harmless to your skin.
  • The blue and red LED light is very gentle on your skin and you don’t feel anything when having the mask on
  • The light therapy mask helps to keep acne under control and alleviates the discomfort
  • The mask is very easy to set up and use
  • The treatment only takes 10 minutes and you can get on with your life
  • After the treatment your skin will feel less oily


  • It doesn’t work on severe acne. Neutrogena themselves advise on their site that if you have severe acne then you should go to the dermatologist’s and get professional advice. It would only work with very mild acne
  • Don’t expect that after 30 sessions your acne will go away forever. I suggest you use the light therapy mask along with other treatments including anti-blemish lotions, balms and ointments
  • No multitasking in the mask. It’s very hard to see in it. Besides, I hurt myself once very badly when tried multitasking while wearing the mask
  • The mask costs £30 which relatively pricey. In addition to that, you have to buy a new activator after every 30 sessions. And it costs around £8.

All in all, I think it’s worth a try however, do not think that it will miraculously clear your skin from all impurities overnight. Also to get some results you have to use it every day without missing a single session.

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  • Reply
    April 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    What are your thoughts on the activator expiring after 30 uses? Do you think its a rip off?

    • Kate Martin
      April 12, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      I am more concerned about the eco side of it. Although Neutrogena say the activator is recyclable and you can drop it off at one of their points, I am not sure everyone would make the effort.

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