About 12 months ago, things took a turn for the worse when I went off the contraceptive pill and my skin broke out like I was a pubescent teenager again. It shook my confidence immediately.
For months, I followed a strict skincare regime. I changed my pillowcase every night and used sensitive washing detergent. I cleansed, toned and moisturised my face twice a day, only wore BB cream during the week, and washed my makeup brushes religiously.
I never used my towel on my face. I drank a minimum of 2-3L of water a day. I increased my intake of vitamin A and zinc, ate foods with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and avoided foods suspected to cause acne, like dairy.
As soon as my skin started to show signs of improvement, Aunt Flow came to town and brought more acne with her. My face was still covered in painful pimples, which took a major toll on my self-confidence and often made it difficult to leave the house.
Nothing was keeping them at bay. Until I discovered my skin’s new best friend…
When I first saw the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask I had my doubts about the legitimacy of its claims. Light therapy is something I have always wanted to try, but have never been able to afford. How can something worth $69.99 RRP do the same thing as something that usually cost hundreds professionally?
After researching the product, I learnt that the mask actually utilises the same light therapy technology used by dermatologists. It uses red light to reduce inflammation and blue light to target acne causing bacteria while being completely chemical and UV free. It claims to show results after just one week of daily 10-minute use, with significant improvements after 12 weeks of treatment.
Despite my hesitations that it was too good to be true, I purchased it because like any acne suffer I’m willing to try anything for clear skin.
After one week of use, I noticed a difference in the way my skin felt and looked. Although I still had pimples, they were flatter and less inflamed, which made them less painful and easier to conceal with makeup.