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Are LED Light Therapy Face Masks The Secret To Clear Skin?

In the annals of popular beauty Instagram posts, selfies with LED light therapy masks have become as time-honoured as swatch-loaded arms and pigment-mixing videos. But aside from providing Freddy Krueger-from-the-future photo ops, LED light therapy masks promise a more lasting impression: glowy skin with less acne.The technology has been around for decades, and is commonly used by dermatologists and aestheticians as an in-office treatment to help reduce inflammation after facials, minimise breakouts, and give an overall boost. “LED light is one of my absolute favourite treatments because it boosts collagen in the skin, minimises fine lines and wrinkles, speeds up healing, and increases circulation to give you an amazing glow,” says celebrity aesthetician Shani Darden. “Blue LED light kills acne-causing bacteria to clear up existing breakouts and prevent new ones from forming.”But ever since stars like Jessica Alba (who happens to be Darden’s longtime client) started posting LED mask selfies from their own facial appointments back in 2016, the drive for at-home light therapy treatment has picked up steam, with countless devices of widely-varying price points and quality popping up for sale on Amazon, Sephora, and other retailers. Plastic LED masks made for home use may now be readily available, but how do they compare with heavy-duty machines used in the offices of the pros?“Models in medi spas, which cover the whole face, are effective, and usually the treatment takes half an hour, making them good add-ons with a facial,” says Gabriel Chiu, M.D., a Beverly Hills-based plastic and reconstructive surgeon. That said, even light therapy treatments administered by pros don’t offer instant results, notes New York-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D. “It takes several weeks of continuous use to achieve skin improvements with light-based treatments,” he says.Both doctors stress that LED masks for at-home use are typically less powerful, and therefore less effective than what you might get in office. “For LED light therapy to work, it has to applied for at least half an hour over any area,” says Dr. Chiu. The catch? Many of the at-home devices are made to be used just 10 minutes at a time. “Realistically, at-home devices are not being used for the proper amount of time to be effective,” Dr. Chiu confirms.While LED masks may not kill the degree of acne-causing bacteria or stimulate collagen at the rate an in-office treatment might, Dr. Zeichner says there may still be benefits to lighting up at home. “At-home devices can give modest improvements and are most beneficial for people with modest or mild skin challenges,” he says. “They’re also useful as maintenance between professional lasers treatments done in office and can typically be used alongside traditional topical creams.” Still, the derm warns LED light therapy isn’t for everyone, as people with sensitive skin or rosacea are often not advised to undergo the treatment, as well as those who are prone to hyperpigmentation or melasma. He advises people to chat with a dermatologist before making a DIY light therapy treatment plan at home.If you’re ready to take the LED plunge, selecting the right device is crucial. “Unfortunately, many of the devices on the market do not have adequate data to prove their effectiveness. My best recommendation is to stick to trusted brands who have published data,” Dr. Zeichner says. “The good news is that the energy level of most of the at-home devices is relatively low and they have almost no side effects — so the only harm to using them is to your pocketbook.”For her part, Darden relies on the Deesse Pro mask, which uses a robust 770 LED lights and costs a whopping £1.160. “The more affordable LED masks on the market do not contain this many lights,” she says. “The strength of the lights, as well as the quantity, has a huge impact on how effective the mask is.” Of course, few of us are working with a Jessica Alba-sized bankroll to try light therapy at home. For the rest of us, read on for a few more budget-friendly options, ahead.Refinery29’s selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us.The Light Salon Boost Advanced LED Light Therapy Face MaskBring The Light Salon’s in-office treatments to the comfort of your home with this flexible, silicone LED mask that’s lighter and more comfortable than most of the bulkier designs out there.The Light Salon Boost LED Face Mask, $, available at The Light SalonForeo UFO 90-Second Smart Mask TreatmentThis may not look like an LED skin treatment, but this magical, palm-sized device actually uses red, blue and green LED light therapy, in addition to offering heated and cooling modes for an ultimate complexion treat.Foreo UFO Device For Accelerating Face Mask Effects, $, available at FeelUniqueMZ Skin Light Therapy Golden Facial TreatmentThis insanely luxe gilded mask — which sort of feels like it belongs in a museum, right? — contains 150 LED diodes that emit red, blue, green, yellow, and white light to calm and revive the skin.MZ Skin Light-Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device, $, available at MZ SkinDr. Dennis Gross Skincare SpectraLite Faceware ProThis mask is made of a more substantial moulded plastic that fits snugly on the face (rather than hovering over it from a distance) and features more LED lights (162 in all) than other masks we tried. The treatment itself — a quick three minutes under a choice of red, blue, or a combination of red and blue lights — didn’t emit a slight warming sensation like the other two devices (likely thanks to a layer of silicone that separates the lights from the mask), and ultra-bright light didn’t creep into our field of vision. Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, $, available at Cult BeautyDMH Aesthetics Light ShieldThis design attaches to a glasses frame, but the similarities pretty much end there. Red, blue, or amber LED light (to counter inflammation, acne, and hyperpigmentation, respectively) can be selected for singular sessions for more concentrated treatment. Because the mask is clear with diodes illuminated in pencil-thin horizontal lines above and below the eyes, scrolling through Instagram and sending emails while under the light is simple — though watching the clock while masking is a must, as the device doesn’t automatically shut off after the recommended 10-minute treatment like others do. Still, this hasn’t stopped celebs like Vanessa Hudgens giving the device her seal of approval on (where else?) Instagram.DMH Aesthetics Light Shield, $, available at DMH AestheticsNeutrogena employs alternating blue and red LED lights in its mask, something research has shown to stymie acne when used in certain wavelengths. It’s promising stuff, with blue light used to hinder acne and red to address inflammation, though the wavelengths of light used in the study differ from the 445 nm blue light and 630 red light supplied in this mask. Still, some fans have seen a reduction in acne over time, so we gave it a spin.Wearing the mask, which is attached to a pair of plastic-lensed glasses, is comfortable enough, but the single, center eye cutout doesn’t allow use of peripheral vision, making walking without colliding with walls — much less multitasking —a monumental challenge. While the mask’s affordability is a major plus, it’s not as cheap as it seems: The included power pack (which the brand dubs the “activator”) only fuels the mask’s lights through 30 self-timed ten-minute uses — and once those run out, a new power pack must be purchased ($15).Considering the brand suggests daily use of the device, that’s an added expense of $165 per year, at which point it may make more sense to purchase a more expensive, self-charging option — plus a lot of waste, though the brand does offer recycling for the pack.Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, $, available at Ulta BeautyLike what you see? 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