The Best LED Face Masks To Improve Wrinkles And Acne, According To Dermatologists

The Best LED Face Masks To Improve Wrinkles And Acne, According To Dermatologists

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There are a lot of important products to consider when it comes to perfecting your routine, but have you ever considered LED light therapy masks? The at-home treatment can make a huge difference in your skin’s appearance. In fact, it’s proven to have both medical and aesthetic benefits including acne treatment, wound healing, psoriasis treatment, and more, per the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.

The tool emits different wavelengths to target a variety of skincare concerns such as reducing acne and fine lines, boosting collagen, and improving your skin tone and texture, says dermatologist Marisa Garshick, MD. Sound like something you’re interested in? Well, there are a few things to consider before you shop, like which light colors are the best for your skin type, what labels look for on the box, and, of course, how to use them.

Best LED face masks

What to consider


“It’s best to look for an FDA-cleared device with some peer-reviewed clinical data to back it up,” says dermatologist Azadeh Shirazi, MD. If the device isn’t FDA-approved, you probably don’t want to pick it. By the way, all the masks on this list are FDA-approved, so you can rely on their safety.

Light Color

Make sure you find the right light color for what you want to treat, says dermatologist Leah Ansell, MD. For example, blue light can treat acne, while red and near-infared light can diminish redness and rejuvenate your skin, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, she adds. Additionally, green light helps with hyperpigmentation, age spots, and sun spots.


Take note of the number and quality of lights on the device, says Dr. Shirazi. The proven wavelengths include 415 nanometers (nm) of blue light, 630-680 nm of red light, and 830 nm of near-infrared light, she says. These units are used as the industry standard to guarantee that they can create biological change in the skin cells, adds Dr. Camp.


Not all LED face masks as the same. Some are hard shell while others are more bendy. There are even a few hand-held devices, which can be a great option for those with sensitivity to bright light. “If someone has concerns about a specific area of the face, a targeted mask may be more appropriate and less expensive,” says Dr. Camp. “Wands are used for spot treatments and delicate areas, like around the mouth, nose, and eyes.” If you want a hands-free experience, then a full face mask that can be secured around the ears or wrapped around the head is the way to go. Flexible mask guarantee an easy clean up, while hard masks ensure you’ll have an even treatment across your face.

How we chose

For two years, Women’s Health editors, including assistant love and life editor Addison Aloian, associate fashion and commerce editor Lily Wohlner, and editorial assistant Sabrina Talbert researched and tested the bestselling, most popular, and top-rated LED face masks. Our team consulted eight dermatologists and one plastic surgeon, tested products ourselves, and consulted an additional group of anonymous testers to narrow down the best LED light therapy masks for a wide range of skincare needs and budget preferences.

Contour Face

We’ve tested a lot of face masks, but this one takes the top spot for how effective it is, despite only having red and near-infrared light. It’s simple, but it gets the job done. However, if you want a tool with multiple light options, you may want to look into some of the other masks below. This mask is made of flexible silicone for a comfortable fit, and it’s ready to go as soon as you take it out of the box. It targets everything from hyperpigmentation and wrinkles to fine lines and redness.

WH associate fashion and commerce editor Lily Wohlner also approved and highly recommends the Omnilux Contour Face Mask. She just plugs it in while she’s laying in bed and lets it do its thing for 10 minutes—that’s all you need to get the job done, which is a shorter time span than other masks on our list that typically require 20-30 minutes for use.

Wohlner raves that the mask works wonders on her skin. “I use this device three times every week and I’ve seen results super quickly—my skin looks clearer and brighter and it has an overall glow like I’ve never experienced.“As someone who has dark marks and acne scars, Wohlner says the masks makes a difference in the severity of these imperfections if you commit to using your mask a few times a week.

Something to note about this mask, though: be super gentle with it. The lights can easily break if you apply too much pressure when using it. It’s also prone to breaking if it’s stored incorrectly.

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Light Wand For Acne

LightStim’s FDA-approved wand uses non-UV red light and blue light at the same time during treatment, and it specifically treats acne. “Blue [light] penetrates the skin at a different depth and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties,” says dermatologist Brendan Camp, MD, who adds that this is a great option for anyone with acne. All you need to do is apply it to the desired area for three minutes once a day.

Based on our testing, we found that the LightStim Light wand really does work. Users report less acne breakouts and inflammation after using this consistently. And because this isn’t a full face mask, it’s great for people with light sensitivity who want a device that offers targeted treatments. Though take note: some testers with sensitive skin say the tool felt very warm after using it for longer periods of time.

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SpectraLite FaceWare Pro

Dermatologist Shari Sperling, MD, Dr. Parikh, Dr. Camp, and Dr. Garshick all rave about this mask, which improves sun spots, age spots, and discoloration while helping with current acne and future breakouts. “Using a combination of red and blue light, this mask works to support collagen production as well as reduce acne-causing bacteria and inflammation,” Dr. Garshick explains.

While this product has the potential of being the best overall pick, the price is on the higher side. Plus, since this is a hardshell mask, it’s less likely to fit on different face shapes. For those who prefer a hard mask, the adjustable strap in the back can make for a more comfortable experience.

One user says she has been loyal to the Trophy Skin LED mask for a few years, first buying it to treat her deep pit scars and open pores. She adds that she still wears the mask because she has seen improvements in her skin, and because it helps to calm any inflammation during her occasional breakouts.

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How To Glow LED Light Therapy Mask

This multi-purpose mask, delivers skin-plumping results at a lower cost than all the other picks on our list. It’s recommended by Dr. Sperling and has four LED light therapy colors: red, blue, amber, and green. “It works to help visibly plump the skin and reduce signs of aging,” she says. The green light, in particular, minimizes the appearance of sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots.

The blue light can also kills acne-causing bacteria and gives your skin more of a glow, which is something that was noticed after a few uses. One person notes that the amber lights effectively address bloating and lymphatic drainage. FYI, compared to our other masks, we found that this was a lot easier to clean, since all it requires is a standard wet wipe, and you’re good to go. It’s also wireless, meaning you can wear it almost anywhere without a hassle.

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Skin LED Light Therapy Mask

This mask comes recommended by Dr. Garshick, who says it’s a great option for evening out texture. “Incorporating both red and near infrared light, this LED light therapy tool has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the skin tone and texture,” she says.

In fact, this one stands out as the best option for treating fine lines. It also has the nanometers range recommended by our experts, and the remote control makes it super easy to adjust while you have it on. However, keep in mind that this is a hard mask, meaning it might not fit all face shapes the same.

But if the mask type seems is what you prefer, you’ll be happy to know that it improves the appearance of skin after just a few weeks. A few users saw major improvements after about a month of use. They also reported healing of blemishes and reduced redness. BTW, this mask comes with a few celebrity endorsements. It has been used by Halle Berry, Kourtney Kardashian, Kaley Cuoco, and more. Now that’s saying a lot.

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PRO LED Light Mask

Chances are you’ve probably heard of celebrity aesthetician Shani Darden. Aside from the innovative in-office treatments she hosts at her spa, she also has a super successful skincare line. One of the most groundbreaking launches she’s come out with is this LED light mask for the face and neck, which targets skin concerns such as aging, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and acne.

It’s definitely the most expensive option on this list, but it might be up your ally if you’re willing to splurge. The additional neck piece (if purchased elsewhere) can be worth hundreds of dollars. So you’re basically getting two for the price of one. The mask delivers red, blue, and near-infrared light therapy in clinically shown wavelength combinations to improve the appearance of the skin.

“This is a very pricey device, but I think it’d be worth it for someone actively fighting acne, dark spots, and signs of aging,” says WH senior beauty editor Danielle Jackson. “It only has three light settings, which makes it easy to navigate once you make it through the instruction manual.” One feature Jackson enjoys is that the mask automatically shuts off after ten minutes, so no need to play around with stop timers while you’re using it.

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LightMax Supercharged LED Mask

Dr. DeRosa recommends the MZ Skin mask because it offers medical-grade treatments of red and blue light options. You can set it to two different modes—the anti-aging mode helps firm your skin with collagen production, and the acne mode uses anti-bacterial properties to clear your skin. It’s pricey, but the FDA-cleared device is designed to plump and firm skin while reducing hyperpigmentation quickly and effectively.

WH editors love this mask, too. “Results pending on whether the mask does anything for my forming wrinkles and occasional pimples, but so far, this mask has been a breeze to use,” says commerce editor Jasmine Gomez. Gomez found that the mask required more time to set up than other options, since you need to spend time getting the straps on it and juicing it up. Additionally, we found that the mask is on the heavier side, so it’s an option you need to use while sitting or laying down.

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Meet the experts


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Are LED face masks effective?

Absolutely, experts say. “They work by sending light waves deep into the skin barrier to trigger intracellular reactions, which vary based on the wavelength of light used,” says dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD. The benefits depend on the color of the light because each will penetrate the skin at different depths, adds Dr. Camp.

Here’s exactly how red light therapy works, for example: “The mitochondria in your cells soak up energy from red light to produce more energy in the skin, healing and repairing damaged cells while promoting tissue and cell repair,” says dermatologist Anna Guanche, MD.


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Are LED face masks safe?

Yes, they’re generally safe for most users, says Dr. Engelman. “LED light therapy is not an invasive treatment, and when done properly, the risks are minimal,” she continues. A 2018 study in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology points out that this treatment has an “excellent” safety profile, Dr. Ansell adds. While they’re safe to use on the skin, there’s some concern about damage to the eyes with these lights. So, it’s a good idea to wear goggles to help protect them.

Individuals who are photosensitive or have connective tissue conditions should either skip LED light therapy or approach it with caution, advises Dr. Ansell. For those of you that can use one, Dr. Engelman suggests wearing it for 15 to 30 minutes a few times a week, but it’s crucial to refer to your specific mask’s instructions for the recommended time.


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What are the types of LED light therapy?

Most at-home red light therapy devices come with several waves of light, the most common shades being red and blue. However, all shades have different benefits. DeRosa breaks it down:

  • Red light helps smooth out wrinkles and boost collagen production.

  • Blue light is great for eliminating acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammation.

  • Yellow light helps with skin repair.

  • Green light treats hyperpigmentation.


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How do you use an LED face mask?

“The best way to use an LED light therapy mask is on clean skin,” says Dr. Engelman. After washing your face in the morning or at night, set your mask to the proper wavelength, then put on goggles. Comfort is key, so feel free to adjust any straps and align yourself with the cushioning (if your mask has any) before using it. Post-use, finish the rest of your skincare routine, she says. And definitely use it before applying retinol, says Dr. Shirazi.


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What are the benefits of using an LED face mask?

Dr. Guanche says that the red-light therapy feature in these devices is especially helpful. “Studies have found that red light therapy helps with photodynamic therapy to treat some skin cancers and conditions, such as psoriasis and acne, as well as provide anti-aging benefits,” she says. They’re, of course, not as strong or fast as in-office LED light therapy, but they’re a more affordable and easy at-home option, especially if people want to extend the results of in-office treatments, Dr. Engelman adds.


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