So first off, let me throw this out there: this is not a sponsored post. Illumask did not ask me nor compensate me to write an entire post solely on their product. I am actually just that obsessed with it and had to share it with you. Because you always find out about the best beauty products from your girlfriends, right?
This strange, storm-trooper-esque contraption really, just that good. I’ve struggled with my skin (acne, particularly) for years, and this little thing has done 100x more for me than any dermatologist ever has.
So what is it, you might be asking? Essentially, Illumask is a light therapy mask, radiating both blue and red lights, which zap acne-causing bacteria on and below the skin, and also help to repair redness and inflammation. It does not contain any harmful rays though, so you’re safe there! (It’s FDA approved!)
Throughout my teens and into my early twenties, I didn’t have bad skin at all. I think there was probably a period in high school where I went through a phase of breakouts, but I would never say I had full-on acne. I never washed my face before I went to sleep in college and admittedly would often go to bed with a full face of makeup. ($2 Tuesdays will do that to you.) Yet, I had clear skin.
Then when I turned about 22, I came down with a severe case of teenage boy-like acne on the sides of my face and forehead, that never went away, no matter how hard I tried. I actually got bangs so I could hide the acne on my forehead. (Which I wouldn’t recommend, as it actually made it worse.) I’ve tried retinoids, Azelaic acid, topical antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, eliminating dairy from my diet, YOU NAME IT, nothing. Worked. I seriously considered asking for Accutane.
I was so self conscious about the sides of my face that I went through a period of time where I even refused to wear my hair up.
I remember driving to the lake house with Neal at one point in the winter. Having just showered, I decided to put on my makeup in the car. Seeing my clean, no-makeup face in the brightest light of day sent me into a full blown, heaving crying episode because I never thought I would look in the mirror and feel beautiful without makeup on ever again.
Then I tried the Illumask, and I could tell it was working even after the first few uses, and it has since gone on to clear up my skin like no other product I’ve used. It had a similar clearing effect to laying out in the sun. I will continue to buy it for the rest of my life, and if there comes a day where they stop making them, I really don’t know what I’ll do. I also started using Proactive (which I’m planning to post about separately, for those of you who are curious) and the two work really well together. You have to leave the mask on for 15 minutes, so I usually do this when I’m in bed. (Neal likes to take creepy photos of me reading in bed wearing my Illumask and send them to all my friends.)
Yes, if you noticed, I did say “continue to buy it.” The one super annoying catch is that they pre-program it with only 30 uses. (TOTAL B.S.) So you have to continue to buy it each month. The good news is that it’s only about $30. I rationalize this by reminding myself that anti acne prescriptions are often just as, if not more expensive. Know what? I’m happy to pay $30 a month for clear skin.
Have I tried to hack into and reset it so I don’t have to buy another one? You bet I have. But they got tricky and started making hack-proof ones. So the YouTube instructions I found were quickly rendered useless. (Damn.)
All in all, its a freaking lifesaver. If I could only buy one beauty product the rest of my life, I’d choose this one. Yes, I’d choose it over makeup.
Do I have perfect skin now? No, I don’t. I just don’t have that kind of complexion, but this is made it a hell of a lot easier. But now, sometimes I even go out in public without makeup on, which is something I never dreamed I’d be able to do again.
If you struggle with acne, please buy this product right now, and come back and tell me what you think!
It’s also worth noting that they offer Anti Aging products as well, which I haven’t tried, but it’s on my to-do list! (If you’ve tried them, let me know your experience!)
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P.S. Big thanks to Blair for taking these super creepy photos of me 😉