The most irritating thing in the world can certainly be the presence of pimples and acne…especially when you are a habitual “skin picker” which is know as Excoriation disorder.
Per Mental Health America “Excoriation disorder (also referred to as chronic skin-picking or dermatillomania) is a mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is characterized by repeated picking at one’s own skin which results inskin lesions and causes significant disruption in one’s life.”
I have suffered with Excoriation disorder since I was a teenager and I first starting getting pimples which turned into acne, which turned into cystic acne…I’ve seem to grown out of full blown acne phases and they cysts are gone now, but I do, frequently, get bouts of Pustules on my face that look similar to “white heads” which according to the American Academy of Dermatology are “yellowish, liquid pus fills them sort of like a blister.”
My whole face will be plagued with these blemishes for at least three days, with more and more popping up throughout the day. Its so completely embarrassing and disgusting and it makes it even ten times WORSE when you are habitually picking your skin every time you use the restroom. At one of my previous jobs, I was under so much stress, I would get bouts of pustules frequently and literally just go into the bathroom and pick at my face. My face would be so red by the time I went back on to the work floor that I would have to cover my face with my hair or my hands so no one would notice. I knew something had to be done.
I would always try to get in touch with my family doctor to try and get a cream or medication to treat the problem I was having, but I could never get into the office in time. Appointments would be booked up for weeks at a time and I knew the problem would eventually clear up and I would have nothing to show him on my face!
I had seen the light masks on various Snapchat user’s stories and I had seen the advertisement for the NEUTROGENA VISIBLY CLEAR LIGHT THERAPY ACNE MASK, which I instantly knew I had to try in order to get some relief from the problem.
I purchased mine at Target and for some reason I believe I paid over $34.99 for this mask, but online they are priced at $29.99 (click link for more information). In the initial kit, the activator comes with the mask with 30 ten minute treatment sessions. You may use the activator 30 times before you need to replace/repurchase it for anywhere between $13-$15.00. Both the kit and the replacement activators can be purchased at drugstores such as Walgrees, CVS, Rite Aid, and other retailers such as Target and Walmart.
“How Light Therapy Works: Light therapy technology has been used by dermatologists in their offices for over a decade. LED lights work by gently penetrating the skin at various depths to stimulate the skin’s physiology. Blue light targets acne-causing bacteria while red light reduces acne inflammation.”
My overall experience with the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne mask has been positive. As soon as I see a break out of any sorts happening, I just pop on this bad boy and I am ready to kick acne in the ass. However, sometimes I AM guilty of doing more than one session per use, but I do as needed.
I would recommend this product as a 10/10 winner for anyone who suffers from any type of acne or break outs, if you catch them before they happen is best. You may use this product once a day or as needed.