You Can Zap Away Acne With This New Light Device

Anyone out there with cystic acne? If so, listen up.

The troubles of cystic acne are plenty, especially since the painful shot can take up residency on your face for who knows how long. For some, they use prescribed medicine from their dermatologist or even stop by for a cortisone shot. But what happens when you don’t have access to either and need something you can buy from your local Target or Walmart to cure it.

Well, that’s where Neutrogena’s new Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment comes in handy. While light therapy isn’t anything new – we’ve seen LED masks and much more on the market – this new product is genius because it’s small, just $20, and gets the job done.

The instructions are easy, as you simply place the pen-like device on your troubled areas and let the blue and red light sit directly on your skin for tow minutes. While it seems too good to be true, one woman was surprised by its magical powers.

ELLE’s Kristina Rodulfo, who like many, suffers from cystic acne tried it out herself after numerous visit to her dermatologist for cortisone shots. She even shared that “salicylic acid stickers, tea tree oil, toothpaste, even” have failed her.

“I used the spot treatment three times in a day (suggested usage is twice a day): right when I woke up and washed my face, when I got home after work, and right before bed,” she explained. “It was the only new thing I added to my regimen. Like magic, it reduced my typical two-week pimple’s life down to a bearable two days (and I could already see reduction overnight). Even better, I skipped the unsightly part when the pimple becomes a whitehead and instead, the zit just swelled down. When I felt more breakouts starting, I used the light pen right away and saw my pimples visibly diminish.”

Still don’t believe in miracles like Rodulfo’s? Well, New York City dermatologist Dr. Robin Gmyrek backed her results, sharing that, “Red [light] reduces inflammation and promotes circulation, improves wound healing and stimulates new collagen and blue [light] destroys acne-causing bacteria and decreases the oil gland production of sebum.” She went on to explain that when the blue light the pen features is “absorbed by a chemical in the body called porphyrin, it creates heat that kills P. acnes bacteria and ‘stuns’ the oil gland so it produces less sebum.”  Therefore, together, they are a powerful duo.

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