I’ve been using an LED mask for a couple of years, and before we dive into all of the details let me just say: they’re worth the hype.
LED masks aren’t a magical overnight cure to your skin problems. With regular, extended use LED light therapy can produce excellent results—consistency is key. Most of the skincare tips I share are for mature skin, but LED masks are also a great treatment option for acne and preventing fine lines and wrinkles.
In this guide, I’m covering the who, what, when, and why of LED masks and light therapy so you can decide whether buying an LED mask might be worth it for your skincare routine.
What is an LED Mask?
An LED face mask is designed to fit snugly against the face and emit light at specific wavelengths that have been proven to benefit the skin. LED masks are used to reduce signs of aging and work well when combined with regular acne treatments.
It’s important to remember that LED masks don’t work instantly. You can’t just use it every other day and hope for the best. LED masks require consistent use, so you’ll need to use yours every day to see results. Luckily, daily light therapy can take just a few minutes, and LED masks are comfortable and easy to wear.
The LED mask I’ve been using recently is from Qure Skincare and features five light settings. The one I use daily is the red light setting, but I also recommend using the blue light therapy for acne.
Blue light has a short wavelength, which makes it better for topical applications like treating red acne and pimples. Because it won’t penetrate deeply, blue light won’t help deep-skin acne like cystic acne, but it can reduce inflammation and address surface breakouts.
Red light has a long wavelength, which penetrates the skin more deeply than blue light. Red light therapy helps to stimulate collagen production, firming and toning the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Red light therapy can also help to even the skin tone and give you a gorgeous glow.
Benefits of Using an LED Mask
One of the first benefits LED mask users typically experience is reduced inflammation. As you keep using the mask and doing blue and red light therapy at home every day, you’ll also begin to notice:
Reduced acne and redness
Fewer fine lines and wrinkles
Lighten acne scars and hyperpigmentation
More even texture
Remember, you need to be consistent with light therapy—you won’t see results in a day, a week, or even two. Qure says you’ll start seeing results in about 12 weeks, so don’t get discouraged when you don’t see changes right away. LED light ther
apy is a marathon, not a race.
Who Should Be Using an LED Mask?
LED light therapy is safe for all skin tones and types. However, there have been some anecdotal reports of people with darker skin tones experiencing increased hyperpigmentation after using blue light therapy.
If you want firmer, more even, glowing skin, you should use an LED mask!
As mentioned, one of the best LED face masks I’ve used is from Qure. It’s really easy to wear, takes just three minutes, and is so aesthetically pleasing.
How To Use LED Face Masks
Using an LED mask is super easy, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll see exactly what I mean. While you can easily just put the mask on clean skin and start your first light therapy treatment, I have a few tips to help make your treatments more effective.
You can use LED light therapy masks on their own, but they’re more effective if you use them as part of your arsenal of skincare tools. Combining red light therapy with serums can help boost moisture, and treat the surface of your skin while the light penetrates below the surface.
Qure has an amazing anti-aging serum that works beautifully in combination with LED light therapy.
Prepping Skin with Acne
If you are using blue light therapy for acne, I recommend exfoliating before every treatment. Exfoliating helps to prep the skin and remove dead skin so the light can more effectively treat its surface.
How To Put It On
There isn’t much data on how LED light therapy could affect the eyes, but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry. To avoid getting the light in my eyes, I like to put the mask on before turning on the light. If you’re extra sensitive to light you also have the option to close your eyes, but I haven’t found it to be irritating while wearing the mask.
I’ve got an entire video on YouTube about LED face masks and their benefits, plus many more tips, tricks, and product recommendations on my channel!