If you follow weird beauty trends, chances are good you've seen the light therapy masks that have been blowing up the internet for the past year or so. Everyone from beauty editors to celebrities like Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson have all jumped on the light therapy mask trend, and Neutrogena's Light Therapy Acne Mask developed a cult following for bringing the trend home from the dermatologist's office.
Dermatologists like Dr. Dhaval G. Bhanusali swear by LED light therapy masks for their acne-fighting powers, but they're also major fans of the at-home versions. "While it’s not as strong as what the office treatments are, I’ve certainly seen benefit in my patients who use it as a supplement to their acne regimen," Bhanusali said in an interview with Bustle earlier this year.
Of course it's not exactly practical to haul a giant robot-like face mask with you everywhere you go, and you never know when a painful cystic pimple is going to pop up and ruin your week. That's where Neutrogena's new Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment comes in. The small, pen-like tool is perfect for throwing in your bag and taking with you anywhere, and it's designed to powerfully target acne in just a few minutes.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment, $19.97, amazon.com
To use the pen, you turn it on and put it over your pimple so that it's completely covered. The red and blue LED lights target bacteria that causes acne, and it only takes two minutes to use. And at $20, it's a steal compared to expensive alternatives.