Light Masque: a LED array from the future

Written by on April 27, 2010 in LED Therapy with 2 Comments


The Daily Mail has a recent article looking at a futuristic LED array that wraps around your whole face. Along with a brief review of the device, the author finds it hard to wrap their mind around the claimed benefits of red light therapy.

The `futuristic fencing mask’ delivers multiple doses of red and near-infrared light all over your face at the same time.

Low Level Light Therapy holds many promises as a non-invasive therapy that can benefit acne and rosacea sufferers. Red and near-infrared light is used for its anti inflammatory effects.

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And it’s all done by a magic gadget which patters red light over your face for 25 minutes. I suspect you’d say that I’d lost my mind, but bear with me.

The Light Masque does look quite weird, like a futuristic fencing mask, but, hey, it has to have a drawback.

And since it’s trying to deliver multiple doses of red and near-infrared light all over your face at the same time, without making you feel claustrophobic, it’s a neat solution.

The light works like photosynthesis for the skin by converting light energy to promote healing and anti-ageing effects at a deep level. It also works on preventing bacteria in the skin.’

How can light do this? Well, there is a lot of research into LED light treatments and what they can do for the skin.

Unlike laser light (it’s a different wavelength), LED is gentle on the skin. Blue LED light is good for treating acne and rosacea, as it affects the ‘superficial’ levels of the skin to tackle bacteria and inflammatory conditions. Red light goes deeper, to affect the collagen production in the skin, supercharging the cells.

It is difficult to find much more information on this grid as it is only briefly mentioned on the web site Urban Retreat, listed in the article. The web site does list a 30 minute treatment as costing £75 though, also mentioning that a course of 6 treatments is recommended.

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This facial grid is an interesting alternative to the infra-red LED array as sold by Omnilux or other clinician only treatment machines. The LED treatments offered via a professional salon offer the benefit of increased power compared to home based or hand-held devices.

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About the Author: David Pascoe started the Rosacea Support Group in October 1998. .

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2 Reader Comments

  1. Peter says:

    Yes I saw that article as well.

    News to me that blue light is being recommended for rosacea though?

    I did try red and blue in combination back in 1998 but changed to all red when it was suspected this gave the greater benefit.

    Some people with rosacea have found the blue light can irritate.

  2. GJ says:

    A shame the thing has only about four bulbs…A little style, not much substance.

    Seventy-five pounds for a treatment? Hilarious.

    The Daily Mail? Laughable.

    If I was very rich, I think the hundred and sixth thing I’d do would be have someone build a slim, cylindrical shower cubicle lined entirely with LED lights.

    (Thus killing two birds with one stone: head to toe light treatment coupled with a chance to empty the bladder…A little joke for the men there.)

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