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Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin

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Phototherapy has become more popular in skin and healthcare resulting in collagen production, acne treatment, reducing inflammation and even increasing brain function (Naeser et al, Oct 2022)! There was a time when I thought LED light therapy was only going to be available at a medispa or at an insanely expensive price point. For awhile, getting your hands on one those fancy LED light masks was pricey and from what I had read and even just by visual inspection, the masks looked heavy and uncomfortable.  While I love my skincare devices, I didn’t want to invest in something that would be expensive and uncomfortable to use so getting the chance to try out the Dermabeam Pro was honestly something I was excited to experience and review!

 

Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin

Before we touch a little bit on the science of light therapy, Dermabeam was founded in Los Angeles, California by Takashi Yanagi who struggled with acne and eczema before discovering the healing results of phototherapy. Dermabeam offers the benefits of light therapy in a super sleek, lightweight and cordless mask with comfortable, protective eye protection!

Dermabeam offers two mask versions with the Dermabeam containing 64 LEDs and 3 colours ($199 USD) and the Dermabeam Pro containing 115 LEDs and 7 colours ($299 USD). The basic Dermabeam mask has red (stimulates collagen production), blue (kills acne causing bacteria) and orange (reduces redness and inflammation) light which covers most skincare concerns. What I have today is the Dermabeam Pro which adds in green, pink, purple and white light which are colours I definitely hear less about!

Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin
Before I used the mask, I charged it via USB for about an hour using the provided plug. To turn on the mask, hold your finger on the touch sensor (hand symbol) for three seconds. You should put the mask on first so that you aren’t blinded by LEDs while putting on the mask! 
Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin

Once on, the touch sensor is slightly raised so you will be able to feel where it is by running your fingers along the side of the eye protection temples. To cycle through the LED colours, just keep tapping the touch sensor until you get to the colour you want!
Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin
Eye protection is not something I have really seen with LED masks and a lot of the time the way the masks are held on by straps around the back of the head. With the Dermabeam Pro, there are goggles built in with rubber around the eye orbitals for padded comfort and then the temples just rest on your ears like normal glasses. The mask is quite light as the plastic is only a few mm thick, but that is what makes this mask one of the more comfortable ones! I still prefer to lie down or at least sit at a 45 degree angle when wearing it as I don’t have much of a nose bridge so the mask does slide down on me a bit over time.
Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin
Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin
Red light therapy is one of the colours I have heard the most about as studies have shown that low level exposure to red light stimulates elastin, hyaluronic acid and collagen protein production in human fibroblasts. Fibroblasts create the extracellular matrix or structural framework for human tissue and are also crucial in wound healing. As we age, proliferation of fibroblasts decreases in the dermis leading to all of those things in our skin we are trying to slow down! Mitochondria (the “powerhouse of the cell”) has also shown itself to be photosensitive to red and near infrared light which can signal the activation of stem cells allowing for tissue repair and healing (Avci et al., October 2022).
Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin
The next colour we have all heard of is blue light therapy which has been shown to kill acne causing bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) by facilitating bacterial destruction via the free radicals produced via photo-excitation (Gold et al., October 2022). Blue light is best for low to moderate acne flare-ups and though I have been very fortunate in my life to have never dealt with this condition, this is a good alternative to some of the more aggressive drugs used to treat acne.
Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin
Other than these two LED colours, the research is not quite as comprehensive as the colours red and blue have been the colours most researched. From what I found in various scientific journals, some colours showed promise with depression and cognitive function, but more work needs to be done as there were ranging results among individuals. I have been to some medispas where they do a “rainbow” treatment with all of the colours rotating so if you have found that certain colours work for your skin and your mental well-being, please do not stop! 

Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin

Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin

Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin

Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin
With the purchase of every Dermabeam, you get a package of 30 sheet masks so enough to use every single day for a month! You can use the Dermabeam with the sheet masks or upon removal. The ingredients are QUITE nice so if you do end up enjoying the sheet masks, there is a monthly subscription available for $40 USD/month. This type of sheet mask packaging is also a bit more economic as ALL 30 masks are folded and then placed in one giant resealable bag. When I have gone to T&T, a couple of Japanese brands do their sheet masks this way which I find very cool, but can be a little challenging to fish out individual masks. At first, I thought I was pulling out just one mask, but it turns out I had three!
Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Tripropylene Glycol, Lactobacillus/Hydrolyzed Collagen, Ferment Filtrate Extract, Human Adipocyte Conditioned Media Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Glycosyl Trehalose, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Lecithin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil


Dermabeam Pro Review

Mask Summary:


Price: $40 USD/monthly subscription

Skin concerns: Hydration, acne, anti-aging

Scent: None that I could detect

Essence Type: Clear, watery

Duration: 20 minutes

Thickness: Thin

Mask Fit: I found the eye holes a bit small and the nose area too lifted. I ended up cutting deeper lines so that the mask sat right on my nose instead of floating on top of it.

Tackiness: Zero! Perfect for layering with moisturizer over top!

Hydration: Combination/oily skin types will be fine with just the mask, but I am normal/dry so I needed a touch of moisturizer.

Other notes: None

Dermabeam Pro LED Light Therapy for the Skin
Final verdict: Ideally, the Dermabeam device should be used every day for 20 minutes for 3 months in order to see results and I have only been using it consistently for about 4 weeks so I have still got a ways to go! Initially I found it challenging to us the mask because I had a hard time not opening my eyes and trying to do things so what I started doing was doing it while I was already in bed so that I would get sleepy and then once the 20 minutes was up, I’d take it off and actually go to bed. The red light setting is the one I use the most because I want collagen, but I think it will be awhile until I start to see results. While I have tried the other colours a few times, the red light seems to be the most promising and well-studied and suits my skincare goals perfectly. I love that the Dermabeam is so comfortable to wear and easy to use. All I need to do is put it on and choose my colour for the night and that’s it! 
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