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I've had mild-moderate acne for years so when I heard about this and read the great reviews I thought it was worth giving it a go.
It was pretty pricey, but I figured if it worked it would be worth it.
The idea with this is that you hold it directly against your skin for 15 minutes per affected area, or you can direct it at your skin for a longer period of time. It automatically switches itself off so you know when your time is up which is great, and it comes with some fetching yellow goggles to protect your eyes.
Sadly, for me, this didn't work. My skin actually got considerably worse while using it, to the point that people were politely pointing out how badly it had flared up. I am still skeptical about whether a light like that can actually cause skin to be worse or if it was a coincidence, but it's put me off wanting to try it again. I will say though, that although I was covered in awful, inflamed spots, they did seem to heal a lot faster than usual, and even in the course of an afternoon could start off with me wanting to put a paper bag over my face and end up being more manageable with a bit of makeup.
If you look past that and consider that my skin might just be particularly sensitive, the time involved does get to be a drag. Yes, it only takes 15 minutes, but it's not very big, so you might have to do it three or four times just to cover your face, and I'm not convinced that it does anything if you leave it pointing at your skin from a distance for larger areas.
At the end of the day, if I become a person who is spending over an hour a day sitting holding a light to my skin so I don't feel disgusting about myself then I think it's my self esteem that needs examining. I mean in terms of the rest of your life that's quite a few hours you could be spending doing something fun.
One final word, if you do go ahead and buy this make sure you give it a wipe after holding it against your skin as it does get quite greasy (in the same way a touchscreen phone does).
In an effort to treat my rosacea, I have over the last few years tried countless products in an effort to stay away as much as possible, from medication prescribed by the GP. I'm not someone who is very good at taking tablets, I often forget to take them regularly, so when the GP told me that my skin condition would need to be treated by regularly taking medication, I vowed to try alternatives such as creams, regular facials and light therapy, leaving tablets for only the occasional use rather than relying upon them.
I use several different products to try beat my rosacea. For anyone the condition isn't nice, but as a woman in my early 30s I really despise having horrible skin flare ups which are difficult to hide and can really affect my confidence and mood! Because I use several products in conjunction with one another, it is often difficult to pinpoint what is working best. With the advice of beauticians and my own research, I've found that for example anything with rose in it is soothing on the skin, while Dermalogica anti redness is a life saver. There are times however when stress plays a huge part in my skin condition, I can go to sleep with lovely skin and wake up with red cheeks and several angry flare ups. These are just plain not nice, and I suffered from this last week. We are currently in the process of buying a new build house, and both myself and my husband have been incredibly stressed. He just doesn't eat, I get spots, what a pair! When these flare ups happen, I need a quick fix to repair the skin and this is when light therapy comes in.
I first heard about light therapy from my beautician of all people. When my doctor first diagnosed me with rosacea (I say diagnosed, I actually told him I thought I had it and he agreed!), he was rather unhelpful actually and aside from wanting to throw medication at me, offered little advice in what often proves to be a long-term problem. After doing a little of my own research I found a beautician specialising in problem skin, and she suggested investing in an 'at home' light therapy unit. With her advice, I looked into it straight away, and although there are other products on the market, it seemed that Lumie was the marker leader. At around £150 it's not the cheapest solution out there, however I have quickly come to realise that problem skin is big money and if you want a product that works you have to pay for it.
Lumie Clear is basically a large handheld compact with LED lights. Light Therapy has been proven to treat acne using blue light to attack the bacteria and red light to sooth and heal the skin. This really made sense to me, as my skin is noticeably improved when I spend time in the sun, so using light therapy seemed like a non-invasive treatment that wouldn't leave me with any side effects that medication has done in the past.
For use on the face, you need to be spending around 15 minutes each day using the compact. Initially I thought this may become a burden and the time I spent doing it would become shorter each day, but this hasn't been the case. The in-built timer is a handy way of accurately measuring the treatment times. The unit actually switches itself off too when the 15 minute time has been reached, so this is a handy backup in case you nod off!
There are two ways that you can use this compact. For use on the face, the detachable head lets you hold it up close for a more effective treatment, while the adjustable stand is a better option for treating larger areas, such as sufferers of acne to the back. I haven't needed to use the stand for treatment so I cannot comment on how effective it is on treating larger areas, but I have been impressed with the use of the handheld so would imagine it is just as effective.
Blurb in the instructions say that you should notice a difference within 4 weeks, however when I have a flare up I top up my skincare regime (a mixture of all kinds of ''wonder products' for problem skin) with the Lumie Clear and I can honestly say I can see a visible difference within 4 - 5 days. Left to run its course I can suffer with a flare up for 3 or 4 weeks, but using the Lumie Clear has dramatically reduced this to less than 5 days., and completely clears my skin in around 2 - 3 weeks. I cannot remember the last time I used my tablets or bothered to go see the GP. Self-medication all the way!
Although this product was quite an expensive outlay, it is a one off expensive that actually works. It can be used alongside medication and / or creams, and over time will actually work out to be a fantastic and cheap investment if you suffer long term with a skin condition such as rosacea. Do shop around though as I paid quite a bit less than the £149 RRP, spending around £105 on Amazon.
For some it will be nice to hear that this product is safe to use during pregnancy. I actually started suffering with rosacea during my second pregnancy and have been lumbered with it ever since (5 years). Had I known about this product then I wouldn't have hesitated to begin using it, especially given that it is safe during pregnancy. I did wonder when I first bought it, about the amount of UV light coming from the lamp, however after a quick search it turns out that the amount is much less than normal daylight so it's completely safe.
Comes with a 2 year guarantee.
Is a certified medical device certified to the Medical Devices Directive EC93/42.
After suffering from problems with mild-moderate acne for about 8 years I thought I had tried everything imaginable to try and clear my skin. However, when I came across the Lumie Clear I had high hopes for it after reading a number of positive reviews. It is quite expensive but after trying most things already, I thought I had nothing to lose and bought it regardless. Lumie themselves recommend that it is used every day for 15 minutes on each part of the affected area. As i suffer all over my face, I found myself using this for 90 minutes each day which sometimes was quite a hassle! However, if you are determined enough to have clear skin this hour and a half is nothing really. You should also remember to clean the device in between uses to prevent spreading bacteria etc using wipes or damp tissue. What anyone using the Lumie Clear needs to remember is that EVERYONE'S SKIN IS DIFFERENT! I was one of the unlucky ones as this product actually made my skin much worse! When I first started using it I was getting 2/3 new red spots a day. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and thought it must get worse before it gets better which is true with most things. No such luck! 8 weeks on and i'm still getting new, sore bright red spots each day which go yellow! It also doesn't work on blackheads. I am very disappointed but as I said it all depends on your skin type, it didn't work at all for me doing the opposite of what I wanted and expected!
Overall, if you feel you have exhausted every other treatment and option in regards to getting clear skin, you may feel you want to give it a shot. My advice is to please remember that there are no guarantees it will work especially due to its hefty price tag, i am still searching for the solution to acne unfortunately as the Lumie Clear wasn't it.
I have had problems with my skin for as long as I can remember, and it is a constant search to find something that will address the problem without creating others, being discontinued, or only working for the first couple of months. I have tried prescription products, proactiv, and so many over-the-counter treatments and nothing has ever quite done enough. I had seen this product online and found it really interesting but due to the price (£149 on Amazon or the Lumie website) it took me a long time to work up the courage to actually buy it.
The Lumie Clear claims to use light therapy to reduce moderate acne problems. Their website claims that the red and blue lights can help skin in two ways: killing bacteria that causes acne and soothing inflammation of the skin, and that results should start to be visible after about three weeks.
The product is a small pod-like item, white with a green circle on top and a white handle. The lid then lifts up by the handle to reveal rows of alternating red and blue small lights in a panel. The product plugs into the wall for use. Once plugged in, here are two ways to use this product: leave it attached to the base, so you can set it down in front of the area you wish to treat, or pull up on the lifted lid to remove it, making the device hand-held for up-close use. The product also comes with yellow goggles, which protect your eyes if you are treating your face. The lights could otherwise damage your vision.
There is also a helpful instruction booklet which advises safety information and a chart explaining treatment times. If you are treating a large area and therefore holding the product further away from you, it will be necessary to use it for a longer time than up close, so this chart is very useful. The product is to be used every day.
I initially started off using the product at a distance to cover my whole face, while wearing the goggles. I was using it for half an hour every day in this way, and I felt that a difference was noticeable (if only to me) in far less than three weeks. In about a week or so I felt that less new spots were appearing, and that ones that did appear were clearing up faster, and without going through the horrible stage I usually experience, when they dry out and look even worse.
However, I really didn't like using the light this way. While the lovely feeling of heat from the lamp was enjoyable, sitting for half an hour with yellow goggles on and my eyes closed was something I was finding really boring, and it was putting me off using it. Even with the goggles, the lights are very bright if right in front of your face so it made watching tv or reading while using the product impossible as I had to keep my eyes closed. After a couple of weeks I decided on close-up treatments on each part of my face individually.
I realised that the spots that bother me most occur on my cheeks, outer parts of my chin, and forehead. The ones on my cheeks are the ones least easily controlled or prevented with my face wash and other treatments, so I decided to do 15 minutes on each cheek (the recommended time for holding the product next to your skin) every day. I have been detaching the lid, and holding it by the handle directly up against my skin. I also sometimes do my forehead, but not every day. This means I do still need the goggles, but can keep my eyes open so I can watch tv while using the product rather than just sitting around.
The product warms up the skin quite a bit during use, which I find really relaxing and soothing. It switches off automatically after 15 minutes so you never have to worry about checking the time during using it, or if you fall asleep using it. I think this is a great feature as I always know when to switch sides, and if you need to use it for longer you simply switch it back on with the button on the side.
This new method has definitely continued to help my skin. While my skin has not become completely clear, there is a big difference, and I am feeling much more confident about my skin than I was previously. While I aim to use it every day, I have missed days and missing one day doesn't seem to make a difference. I do occasionally use it for a little longer the next day to make up for it (although I'm not completely sure you're meant to do that). Since I've had it, I've also gone on holiday without it twice, and my skin stayed mostly under control with just face wash, rather than completely freaking out from not using the product, as I expected. I could definitely see the difference between using it and not using it, but it wasn't too severe, making me feel like the product is making a long-term difference to my skin problems.
The only downside in its effects are that many of the spots which do appear end of going away, leaving a red mark in its place. While this is something I have experienced before using this product, the effect seems more pronounced since I have been using it. However it might perhaps be only that the marks are more noticeable than before, as my skin is so much clearer besides that. Additionally, I feel it is a small price to pay for my skin looking clearer and healthier, especially as I have a couple of very effective products to fade marks.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone who is frustrated with their skin, and is having trouble finding a solution that works long-term. Of course it is expensive, so it's a bit more of a risk than a new face wash, but on looking at their website (which I did not do before I bought the product) have just seen that there is a 30-day home trial. As people should see results in 3 weeks, if you are unhappy after 30 days you can return it for a refund. You would have to pay shipping, and they take a £20 "refurbishment fee" out of your refund, but I think that knowing the product could be returned for at least some money back makes the risk much more worthwhile.
I am delighted that I tried the product, and while I sometimes feel I can't be bothered to use it, half an hour a day is a small sacrifice to have improvements to my skin that nothing else I have ever tried has sustained for this long. I have been using this for just over three months now and I am so happy that I bought the product.