IlluMask: Lighting Your Way to Clearer Skin (Just Not While Breastfeeding)

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I consider myself lucky. I’ve always had relatively clear skin and I’ve never had to deal with severe acne. But after I had baby Juliza, my skin started acting up. I started seeing more pimples and flareups of smaller bumps where there had been none.

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Needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled about it, but I had a beautiful new baby to care for, so I didn’t exactly make my face a priority. So when Walmart offered me the opportunity to try out a new product designed to reduce acne without using any chemicals, it was the incentive I needed to finally address the issue.

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So about that product: illuMask is a literal mask that you wear for 15 minutes at a time that is designed to treat acne with light therapy. It is available at Walmart for $29.97.

Sound a bit strange? Yeah, I thought so too. And it looks even stranger.

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I had flashbacks to my first Friday the 13th movie, but I’m game.

I pressed the button on the controller to start my first treatment, and the lights came on. They are bright, and it took a while for my eyes to adjust. And I felt a little claustrophobic. It took some getting used to. Thankfully, there is a viewing window, so I just watched an episode of Law & Order SVU while I waited out the 15 minutes. The lights simply went off when the time was up.

Unfortunately, that’s where my test ended. Because as I read the instruction manual more carefully after that first treatment, I came across a disclaimer:

“It is not recommended to use illuMask if you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or nursing, as the device was not tested on pregnant or nursing women.”

Well, that would’ve been nice to know earlier: Like a prominent warning on the outside of the packaging — especially for moms who are making an in-person purchase decision. This one sentence was on page 10 of the instructional booklet. It’s also not in the online description, which would be very disappointing for anyone who ordered it, only to open it and then realize they shouldn’t use it.

So I didn’t complete the treatments. Bummer too. I really wanted to see if it would clear up my face.

Still, here’s what the product is designed to do, in visual form:

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For those who may not be able to see the image, illuMask uses a combination of red and blue light wavelengths to target acne-causing bacteria. The blue light is designed to kill the bacteria, and the red light to reduce inflammation, heal breakouts and even skin tone.

Each illuMask is good for thirty 15-minute sessions. In testing, 93% of users reported improvement in the appearance of their skin in as little as two weeks, though it is recommended that you complete all 30 daily treatments.

When I’m done nursing, I do still want to try this, because I love the idea of using light to repair my skin rather than some questionable chemical cocktail, and the anecdotal evidence is good. I’m going to hold onto it until then.

What about you? Would you try illuMask?

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

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  • Jenny April 10, 2015, 10:28 pm

    I had the same problem! Just got home from Target where I shelled out $30 for the mask because it looked like a really good option for me, having looked specifically on the box for warnings about use during pregnancy. Got home, got excited to use it and then read the manual. Well poop (I’m 4 months pregnant). Now I have to sit and stare at the damn box for like a year and a half until I’m done breastfeeding. Thanks for the warning marketing department! I was half tempted to use it anyway, but obviously it’s not worth the risk, even if it doesn’t seem to have any other side effects.

    Thanks for posting about it, hopefully any pregnant/bfing ladies thinking about trying it will see it before they buy!

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  • fliicka October 18, 2017, 4:04 pm

    Hi i have a question about the breastfeeding its that what could happen if its use under breastfeeding? like could it harm the baby? or does the baby have an age to be able to use it?

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