Acne– it affects more than 90% men and women, but there is small comfort in numbers when you wake up with new bright red bump on your face. And while acne affects so many of us, we seem to react differently to standard acne plans. Because what works for you may not work for me, I was so happy to learn of an effective new tool in our anti-acne arsenal.
IlluMask is a light therapy mask that is backed up with solid science. The face shaped mask is studded with mostly blue LED lights. FDA approved, it targets acne in two ways:
1. It reduces the production of inflammtory chemicals called porphorins. At its core, acne is an inflammatory process and any way we can reduce inflammation will interfere with the appearance of new pimples.
2. It kills the acne causing bacteria. Certain bacteria in the pores are very irritating and trigger oil production and a flood of inflammatory chemicls
IlluMask for Different types of Acne
For mild acne, the mask can be used alone without the need for additional medication. According to cosmetic surgeon Dr Z Paul Lorenc who has studied the device, the skin is simply washed with a mild cleanser like Cetaphil and used for 15 minutes a night for 30 days. Studies report a decline of 75-100 percent of lesions. For moderate to severe acne it can be used in addition to an established routine that includes Retin A, salicylic acid and antibiotics. IlluMask can also be very helpful for acne during pregnancy. Many effective acne care ingredients incuding Retin A, salicylic acid, and antibiotics are not safe for the unborn baby. Chemical-free blue light can help you clear up the skin during those critical nine months without any risk of birth defects.
Blue light acne therapy has been around for several years. It is available from a dermatologist, but are very expensive and rarely covered by insurance. Other blue light home devices have a very small treatment area. You will need to hold it in different areas for 5-10 miutes and move it around your face. Not easy. IlluMask covers the entire face and a nightly treatment is just 15 minutes. And I saved the best part for last– Its just $29.95, lasts for 30 days and is available at Wal-Mart, Ulta and Target and online from Amazon.