Mask The Breakout
Whether you have a teenager experiencing embarrassing breakouts or you’re dealing with adult acne, the problem can now be treated the same way your dermatologist would without having to visit the doctor’s office. The new Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, which looks like something out of a sci-fi flick and can be purchased at drugstores, uses both blue and red LED light to combat acne.
“In our offices, we use blue light to kill the bacteria involved in some types of acne, and we use red light to treat inflammation and redness,” says South Florida board-certified dermatologist Melissa Lazarus. “This product is a good option for patients that have sensitive skin and can’t tolerate the topical creams.”
Dr. Lazarus cautions that it does take time for the mask to decrease bacteria and inflammation, and you may need to combine it with other treatments. “More is not better,” she warns of the mask, which is meant to be used once a day for ten minutes. “Studies show longer treatment does not mean better results and increases the risk of hyperpigmentation or other side effects.” $34.99; Reactivator for each month is $14.99; neutrogena.com