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Acne-Fighting Light Beams for Your Face


When it comes to skincare, there’s a lot of new technology available for doctors to use, but this may be the coolest tool yet to hit the consumer market: the NEUTROGENA® Light Therapy Acne Mask.

Light? Therapy? For the 50 million Americans who deal with acne in all its embarrassing glory every year,  this is a winning combination.

Here’s how light therapy works and why you – and your teen – should jump on it.

NEUTROGENA® Light Therapy Acne Mask

Is light therapy new?

Nope, dermatologists have been using the acne-fighting power of light for over a decade. While doctors have explored the skincare effects of much of the light spectrum, red and blue light, specifically, have been clinically proven to reduce acne breakouts. Now, that power has been approved for in-home use.  

How does light therapy work?

Before we get into how light therapy works, let’s talk acne basics. Acne can be triggered by a number of underlying causes, including heredity, hormones and even stress – but the actual mechanics of acne are that pores get clogged by dead skin cells and oil. When bacteria also get trapped, especially P. acnes bacteria, redness and inflammation follow.   

Light therapy might seem like magic, but it’s actually a proven science that targets these specific breakout culprits. NEUTROGENA® Light Therapy Acne Mask is powered by red and blue light. The blue light penetrates just beneath the skin’s surface to kill that acne-causing bacteria, while the red light goes deeper to reduce inflammation. Together, they get straight to the source of pimple problems. In fact, in a clinical study, 98 percent of users had fewer breakouts after using the mask for 12 weeks. Click here to see how it’s helping Heather from It’s a Lovely Life parent her girls through the teen years.

Is light therapy safe?

You bet! Light therapy uses 100 percent UV-free light. In other words, the product doesn’t use the dangerous, hot UV wavelengths of light that are often found in tanning beds. The NEUTROGENA® Light Therapy Acne Mask is FDA-cleared, and has a built-in 10-minute timer to provide controlled doses. So, yes, light therapy is a safe way to combat acne.   

There’s no question that acne is a common occurrence, but it can still be woefully disruptive to life, especially for your teen. For the clear skin you’re both hoping for, this convenient in-home light therapy option is possibly the most exciting next-gen product available. Combined with foundational routines like exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet and maintaining a regular cleansing regiment, this powerful new tool in your acne-fighting arsenal can help clear the way to healthier skin!

With the exception of information from the NEUTROGENA® Brand, all third-party references and links provided in this article are for educational purposes only. No sponsorship or endorsement is implied. Information was used from American Academy of Dermatology and Mayo Clinic.

©Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017

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