What is the Neutrogena Light Mask?
The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask and Activator uses blue and red LED lights to fight acne. Blue lights work on acne-causing bacteria known as P. acnes, while deep-penetrating red lights are used to prevent photodamage (sun-induced aging changes to the skin), inflammation and redness. The Neutrogena Light Mask retails for between $30 and $40, making it one of the cheapest acne treatments to employ LED technology on the U.S. market.
Neutrogena Recalls Acne Mask for Eye Damage
In July 2019, Neutrogena recalled its Light Therapy Acne Mask due to a “theoretical risk of eye injury” in patients with pre-existing eye conditions, and for individuals who take medications which may affect their sensitivity to light, according to a statement by Johnson & Johnson. News of the recall was missed by many consumers until mid-July, when the Australian Department of Health issued a consumer-level recall on the acne mask.
Acne Treatment Side Effects
- Eye Injuries
- Eye Pain or Discomfort
- Eye Damage
- Blurring of Vision
- Seeing Spots or Flashes of Light
- Other Changes in Vision
Has a Class Action Been Filed?
A class action recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleges that the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask contains an activator which does not last for the 30 days advertised by the device. This constitutes an act of fraud due to “planned obsolescence,” which refers to product manufacturers design to quickly become outdated, requiring additional purchases at regular intervals in order to stay up-to-date. The class action is: Rebecca Correia v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., Case No. 2:18-cv-09918-PSG-AS, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.