7 LED Masks That Make You Look Like Hannibal Lecter With The Skin of Jodie Foster

A futuristic-looking face mask that’s supposed to kill bacteria, prevent breakouts, and reduce the appearance of aging skin? It seems too good to be true, but LED masks are essential to transforming the skin in ways topical products cannot. “LED masks work by shining different colors and wavelengths of light rays onto the skin. The blue LED rays target the bacteria that live within the hair follicles and contribute to acne pimples and cysts,” Dr. Ife J Rodney, MD, FAAD, founding director of Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetic, tells ELLE.com. “The red rays suppress redness and inflammation of the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, by stimulating collagen production.”While they’re mainly used as an add-on treatment when you visit your dermatologist or esthetician, the at-home versions can help to keep your skin in tip-top shape—as long as your consistent. Where in-office treatments use more powerful LED bulbs for an extended amount of time (no more than 20 to 30, Dr. Rodney says), “at-home LED masks are not monitored, so there may be a lack of consistency in the treatments.” Ahead, the seven best LED masks to try, from Dr. Rodney’s splurge-worthy fave to handheld light therapy devices that target your most stubborn impurities.

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For Active Breakouts

LightStim for Acne Kit

LightStim
dermstore.com

$169.00

So it’s that time of the month, and a cluster of breakouts appeared on your face. The LightStim handheld LED treatment can directly target your problem areas. “This handheld device is FDA cleared, comes with its own eye protection, and can be used to treat specific problem areas, like your cheeks or forehead,” Dr. Rodney says. The process is simple: hold the device to the area you want to correct for three minutes, then repeat until you’ve covered all areas. 

2

IG-Worthy

Light-Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device

MZ Skin
mzskin.com

$625.00

Oh, didn’t you hear? Devouring a plate of carbohydrates while masking is the thing right now. Here’s a fancier version that not only looks luxurious but transforms the skin using five different lights to reverse signs of aging and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. 

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Budget-Friendly

Pro 7 Color LED Mask

Dermashine
amazon.com

$149.99

$107.97 (28% off)

If you want to experiment with LED masks without breaking the bank, Dermashine’s offering features lights that kill bacteria under the surface, calms skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, all for $100.  

Foreo
sephora.com

$199.00

Not your typical LED mask but it functions just the same. The Foreo UFO using hot and cold temperature settings to improve the skin in just 90 seconds. Plus, the pulsating section of the treatment feels like a spa-quality face massage. You’re welcome.  

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A Fan Favorite

SpectraLite™ Faceware Pro

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare
sephora.com

$435.00

While most masks used red and blue lights separately, this masks uses 100 LED red lights and 62 LED blue lights at the same time to target all your skin concerns. I also love DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro. Plus, it’s FDA-cleared and finishes the treatment in three minutes, which makes it a must-have in Dr. Rodney’s book.

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For Acne-Prone Skin

Quasar MD Blue

Baby Quasar
dermstore.com

$349.00

The beauty about the Quasar MD Blue is that it can be used all over your body and emits blue light to kill bacteria and stop breakouts dead in its tracks.

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For Tech Neck

Boost LED Advanced Light Therapy Décolletage Bib

The Light Salon
nordstrom.com

$545.00

This LED treatment uses red light to smooth out the neck and shoulder area because your neck needs love too. 

Nerisha Penrose
Assistant Editor
Nerisha is the assistant editor at ELLE.com, covering all things beauty and fashion.

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