Best Aging, Acne and Rosacea Red Light Devices (2020)

The market is flooding with copycat facial therapy devices. I wondered if it would be worth buying a “knock off” brand. I set out to find the best facial red light therapy device I could, regardless of whether it was a “name brand.”

I found three facial light devices check off all the qualities I want in a facial light:

  • it treats aging, acne, and redness
  • It is solidly built
  • it has superior features to copycat competition

These are the best facial therapy devices I found:

  1. The Hydraskincare Photons is a flexible device similar to the much higher-priced Celluma.
  2. The Hydraskincare Professional is best for convenient, hands-free face and whole body treatments. I would get this over a box light any day of the week.
  3. Update: Bestqool Facial is out of stock
    The Bestqool Facial Dome is higher-than-usual quality, with the best customer service of any vendor I’ve researched.

I compared the Hydraskincare Photons, the Hydraskincare Professional,  and the Bestqool Facial  Dome designs to all the similarly-designed machines.

The Photons, Professional and Facial Dome consistently rose to the top of every comparison.

The Hydraskincare Photons is a soft, rubbery panel with lights on one side.
The Hydraskincare Photons is flexible for face and body treatments.
The Hydraskincare Professional is a heavy-duty professional machine at a consume price.
The Hydraskincare Professional is a heavy-duty professional machine at a consumer price. I would buy this over a box light.
The Bestqool Facial Dome has above-average build quality for a consumer device, and the best customer service by far.
The Bestqool Facial Dome has above-average build quality for a consumer device, and the best customer service by far.

Quick Comparison

Below are all the comparisons among the facial red light therapy devices. You’ll find these in their appropriate sections in the article as well.

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Blue Light
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Calming
Green Light
Anti-Bacterial
Violet Light
Speed Healing
Orange Light
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Why It's Better
  • Superior construction. You can feel the material quality in your hands.
  • Incredibly responsive customer service gives you their text and email contact information.
Use on Body
Hands Free
Goggles Included
Dimensions
16 in. x 10 in. x 9 in.
Warranty
1 Year with "Fulfilled by Amazon" support (better than fulfilled by vendor)
$279.00
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Why It's Better
  • Superior construction. You can feel the material quality in your hands.
  • Incredibly responsive customer service gives you their text and email contact information.
Use on Body
Hands Free
Goggles Included
Dimensions
16 in. x 10 in. x 9 in.
Warranty
1 Year with "Fulfilled by Amazon" support (better than fulfilled by vendor)
$279.00
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The Pad, the Arm, and the Dome

The Pad facial light device
The Pad facial light device
The arm facial therapy design
The arm facial therapy design
The dome facial light
The dome facial light

Vendors offer three facial therapy designs:

  1. These are the flexible pad: the Photons is a flexible pad modelled after the very high-end Celluma therapy device.
  2. The adjustable arm: the Professional has a heavy base, so if you stretch the arm way out, the unit will stay steady on the table.
  3. The one piece dome or box: the Facial Dome is a one-piece dome with the unique advantage over competitors of folding up for storage and portability.

What About Facial Masks?

Red light therapy face mask.
Red light therapy face mask.

I am working on a facial light mask comparison.

This article does not include any face mask lights.

The devices I chose as best facial light devices are:

  1. good for home and clinic use
  2. good for face as well as body use

Facial light masks are good for the face, but not the body.

They are made for home use, but not clinical use.

So we will compare facial masks in another article.

Can Consumers Buy “Professional” Devices?

Clinicians use the Hydraskincare Professional on multiple clients per day.
Clinicians use the Hydraskincare Professional on multiple clients per day.

Vendors sometimes state “for professional use only” on their facial light listings.

But it’s not like they ask the buyer if she’s a professional or a regular consumer.

There are two ways this “professional use” instruction comes about.

  1. Some devices are designed for professionals, but the vendor is now selling them to the public.
  2. Some vendors use “professional use” to sway you into seeing their offering as a professional device being sold for a consumer price.
The Hydraskincare Professional really is a professional device. It is designed for clinics and salons, and is now sold to consumers.
The Hydraskincare Professional really is a professional device. It is designed for clinics and salons, and is now sold to consumers.

The Hydraskincare Professional is a clinical device now sold to consumers.

The Professional is designed to run all day, every day.

I think that the seller wrote  “for professional use” on their listing to remind buyers that this is a clinic-level machine.

The Hydraskincare Photons and the Bestqool Facial Dome are best-in-class consumer devices.

Their prices are consistent with consumer-level offerings.

So the Hydraskincare Professional is a professional machine now sold to consumers. The Hydraskincare Photons and the Bestqool Facial Dome are best-in-class machines build for home use.

Best Facial Therapy Treatment Abilities

Any facial therapy light you buy should be able to treat aging skin, increase collagen, and reduce wrinkles.

This is the very definition of a “red light facial therapy device.”

Red light has a wonderful ability to reduce wrinkles.

It stimulates the body to make energy. On the skin, this means the light helps your body to produce more collagen.

Acne therapy devices use blue light.

Anti-inflammation therapy devices use infrared and yellow light.

The Photons, Professional, and Facial Dome have aging, acne, and redness therapy abilities.

Why Do Red Light Facial Devices Have Other Colors?

Some facial lights combine primary colors. The science is not yet in on whether this works. It doesn't hurt to try.
Some facial lights combine primary colors. The science is not yet in on whether this works. It doesn’t hurt to try.

Facial therapy devices come with as many as seven kinds of light.

We have the most evidence that infrared and red are effective.

Then there’s a decent amount of science that blue is effective.

There’s just not a lot of science backing yellow, orange, purple and green light therapy.

It’s not that they’re proven not to work. It’s that we still need more studies to say anything with confidence about their abilities.

Use Red Light for Wrinkles, Collagen, and Slimming

The right kind of red light can reduce wrinkles, produce collagen, and smooth out blemishes. Red can also help fat release from fat cells.

Use red light to decrease wrinkles and increase collagen.
Use red light to decrease wrinkles and increase collagen.

Of all the types of light tested, we have the most evidence that red light really works.

There is ample evidence that proper use of this type of red light is effective in firming skin, producing collagen, and reducing wrinkles.

You have to use the right kind of red, and it has to give you the right amount of energy.

No, I’m sorry, you cannot use a simple red bulb to get these effects.

Hundreds of studies show that the right kind of red light helps the skin:

  • decrease wrinkles
  • decrease roughness
  • increase collagen
  • increase firmness

You should know that there is some good evidence that red light releases fat from fat cells.

Doctors performing liposuction use red light to soften fat before the procedure.

When using red light at home, the fat melt effect can work, but you have to put in work as well.

Plastic surgeons performing liposuction have been testing red light on loosening up the tummy fat.

The good news is that they have had success getting the fat cells to let go of triglycerides and fatty acids. The cells shrink up and the contents empty into the lymph system.

The bad news is that the fat cells refill themselves unless you do half hour of aerobic and drink two large glasses of water.

If you are willing to do the work, there is every reason to believe that putting your facial device on “red” will help spot reduce your fat.

The Photons, Professional, and Facial Dome all give you red light therapy.

Use Blue Light for Acne, Oil, and Scars

Blue light has an anti-bacterial effect on facial skin.

Applying blue light in the 420 nm to 440 nm wavelength range can command the sebaceous gland to halt oil production.

This combination of effects can dramatically reduce acne breakouts.

Multiple studies show that therapeutic blue light decreases acne symptoms, and even reduces acne scars.

In fact, red light also helps reduce scars, so acne treatment should include a dose of blue light and then a dose of red light.

The Photons, Professional, and Facial Dome all give you blue light therapy.

Use Yellow Light for Redness, Rosacea, and Inflammation

The right type of yellow light can reduce redness from swelling and rosacea.

Yellow light therapy soothes sensitive skin.

The yellow light science is nowhere near as compelling as that for red and blue light therapy.

The Photons, Professional, and Facial Dome all give you yellow light therapy.

Use Infrared for TMJ, Inflammation, and Arthritis

The right kind of infrared light can speed wound healing and reduce inflammation.

Hundreds of studies show infrared is a healing energy when use in proper doses.

Facial infrared treatments can soothe TMJ inflammation.

Combining red and infrared seems to work better than using just red or just infrared.

You can use the facial therapy device on your body to help reduce arthritis inflammation.

INFRARED SPECIAL NOTE: You will be able to see red, blue, yellow, green purple and orange light coming from your device. Infrared is almost invisible. It is normal for infrared bulbs to be “on” but invisible.

The Photons and Professional give you infrared therapy. The Bestqool will have infrared when its new version is released in September 2020.

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Aging
Red Light
Redness
Yellow Light
Acne
Blue Light
Deep Healing
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$279.00
69 Reviews
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Yellow Light
Acne
Blue Light
Deep Healing
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$279.00
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Combination Colors Orange, Green, and Violet

The right kind of green light might have skin smoothing properties.

The right kind of purple (violet) light might have acne reducing properties.

The right kind of orange light might have anti-aging properties.

These facial therapy devices are not emitting these colors from orange, green, and violet bulbs.

They are combining red and blue to make violet; red and yellow to make orange; and blue and yellow to make green.

I don’t think there’s any science to back claims that these colors work as described.

It’s possible that green heals because its yellow wavelengths are really doing the work.

The color combinations look orange, green, and violet to our eyes.

It’s unclear which wavelengths are actually reaching your skin.

You can try these if you like, because there are no known side effects to using any of these lights for 30-60 minutes at a time.

The Photons and the Facial Dome combine colors to create green, orange and violet therapy lights.

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Bestqool Photon
Calming
Green Light
Anti-Bacterial
Violet Light
Speed Healing
Orange Light
$279.00
69 Reviews
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Bestqool Photon
Calming
Green Light
Anti-Bacterial
Violet Light
Speed Healing
Orange Light
$279.00
69 Reviews
Out of Stock

Best Facial Therapy Features

The best feature is a personal choice depending on how you want to use your therapy device.

A flexible arm makes it easy to point the light at different areas. But the dome and pad devices are easy to move around as well.

The flexible arm is “better” if you don’t want to re-apply the device to different areas.

The dome and pad are “better” if you want to place the device directly onto the treatment area.

Goggles are very cheap if a pair does not come with your device.

It’s more important to get a device that lets you use it in a way that’s comfortable for you.

Why I Want to See “Fulfilled by Amazon”

Amazon Customer Service
Amazon Customer Service

If you have ever had difficulty figuring out how to get service on a warranty, then you want to know about “Fulfilled by Amazon.”

The “Fulfilled by Amazon” program handles logistics and customer service for its members.

The members sell their products on Amazon’s pages.

Amazon warehouses their inventory, and ships it out to customers.

If the vendor uses “Fulfilled by Amazon,” you can contact Amazon for customer support.

If they do not use Amazon, you have to contact the vendor.

There is a button on the top right side of every page for you to do that.

The vendor is supposed to respond to you right away.

When Amazon fulfills the order, you can get instant customer service.

When the vendor fulfills the order, you might need to wait for the vendor to be in the office, and for the English-speaking employee to get back to you.

The three lamps I recommend for facial therapy all use the Fulfilled by Amazon service.

Use Your Facial Light on Your Body

Use the Photons as a body healing light.
Use the Photons as a body healing light.

The Hydraskincare Photons, the Hydraskincare Professional, and the Bestqool Facial Dome all work well on the body as well as the face.

Because it is a flexible rubber mat, you can put the Hydraskincare Photon device right on your skin.

Drape it across your torso, legs, arms or back.

The downside is that it is not a hands-free operation. Just get a nylon strap to hold it down and you will have a nice on-body red light device.

Get the Professional over a red light box. The Professional is more flexible, and gives you acne and inflammation treatments.
Get the Professional over a red light box. The Professional is more flexible, and gives you acne and inflammation treatments.

The Hydraskincare Professional makes a terrific hands-free light. In some ways, I like it better than the stand-alone red light boxes you hang from a doorknob.

The Hydraskincare Professional is a two-part panel attached to a flexible arm. The base is very heavy and stable. This means you can extend the lamp arm to point at any part of your body. You can lie back and get a spa-like, hands-free body treatment.

The Bestqool PDT is the highest quality device of the three facial treatment devices.

You can put it over the target area without worrying about holding it down.

The lights get very close to the target, meaning you get more energy, and more benefit.

The model we are discussing in this article does not have an infrared setting.

When the Bestqool infrared comes out in the fall, I will update the links and descriptions.

In the meantime, you can the Bestqool to shine red, blue, yellow, violet and green on your body. Use red to reduce arm crepe (sagging). Use blue for oily or acne areas. Use yellow to calm inflamed areas.

Bored? Get a Hands-Free Device

Each of these devices is hands-free when you treat your face.

The Hydraskincare Photons sits in a wire frame holding it above your head.

The Hydraskincare Professional is similar to a professional device. It uses a heavy base and a moving arm to let you position large panels of light where you need them.

The Bestqool Facial Dome is a one-piece dome that sits on the same surface as where you lay your head.

The Hydraskincare Professional and Bestqool Facial Dome are the most hands-free when you use the devices on your body.

You just move the Hydraskincare Professional’s arm to get a new treatment area.

You just move the Bestqool device to where you want to treat.

The Hydraskincare Photon is a good body device. Either hold it with your hands or get some nylon wrap to keep it in place.

Do You Need Goggles?

Light therapy vendors often say to wear goggles with their devices.

This is a tricky issue, because the light can both heal and annoy your eyes.

Some people find that the lights are bright enough to cause discomfort.

Yet, there is evidence that looking at the right wavelength of red light can reverse declining eyesight.

That study used 670 nm red. These devices use 640 nm and 630 nm red.

Could those wavelengths help?

The studies are not yet in.

The Hydraskincare Professional and the Bestqool Facial Dome come with goggles. The Hydraskincare Photons does not.

Best Facial Therapy Build Quality

The three winners in the facial therapy category have great build quality and materials.

There is a jump in quality from the consumer level to the professional level devices.

Best Device Customer Service

The three facial therapy devices are “fulfilled by Amazon,” so it will be easy to get help if you need it.

Still, one vendor stands out in its eagerness to get you helpful service as quickly as possible.

WINNER 1: The Best Flexible Pad Facial Light

The Hydraskincare Photons is the best consumer price point "Celluma" type device.
The Hydraskincare Photons is the best consumer price point “Celluma” type device.

The Hydraskincare Photons is a consumer price-point copy of the expensive Celluma therapy pad.

As with our other two winners, the Photons treats aging, acne, and redness.

The unit comes with a solid wire frame stand to lift the lights away a bit from your face.

I found that when copycat devices didn’t have this stand, consumers felt the lights were too close.

The Photons has higher-quality componenents than the competitors.

The Hydraskincare Photons is the facial therapy unit with:

  • a proper wire frame stand
  • a healthy width and depth
  • quality construction
The competitor has feet but not a proper stand.
The competitor has feet but not a proper stand.
The Photons has a nice stand with a solid wire frame.
The Photons has a nice stand with a solid wire frame.

The Photons is more popular with reviewers than any other facial therapy unit I researched.

Hydraskincare sells out of California, so warranty issues are easy to handle.

The seller is Dermapeel, and they responded very quickly to my inquiries.

The unit is “fulfilled by Amazon,” so you can get instant support.

The Photons is a personal device. Especially with Covid sanitary requirements, this is not a device you would share among clients at a clinic.

You could wrap it in fresh plastic each session I guess, but it was not designed for that.

That flexibility is also its strength.

It sits perfectly in its stand for facial use. It’s so flexible that you can easily wrap it around an arm or leg, too.

This is both a good body and a good facial therapy device.

It comes with 7 light options. Learn more about them below.

WINNER 2: Best Adjustable Arm Facial Light

I prefer the flexible yet heavy-duty swing arm design over the box type red light therapy.
I prefer the flexible yet heavy-duty swing arm design over the box type red light therapy.

The Hydraskincare Professional facial therapy light is a perfect upgrade from a basic box light therapy device.

If I were shopping for a Joovv or MIto type red light therapy box, I would definitely get the Hydraskincare Professional facial light instead.

The Professional has all the features of a box light, but:

  1. it’s more convenient than a box light to change targets
  2. you don’t need to hang it on the ceiling or a doorknob
  3. you can easily move the light to a new target
  4. it includes yellow and blue healing light as well as red and infrared

The Hydraskincare Professional sits on a heavy duty base. The unit stays in place when you move the flexible arm to different treatment areas.

Red light boxes have red and infrared, but not yellow (inflammation) and blue (acne).
Red light boxes have red and infrared, but not yellow (inflammation) and blue (acne).

The heavy duty build quality is designed for professional clinic use.

Compared to the Hydraskincare Photons and Bestqool Facial Dome, the Professional:

  1. is the easiest to use on both the face and body
  2. has the simplest hands-free design

The Professional does not incude experimental color combinations of orange, purple and green.

It is “fulfilled by Amazon” and has a 1 year warranty serviced by the California-based Hydraskincare company.

WINNER 3: Best Foldable Dome Facial Light

The Bestqool Facial Dome is the best facial therapy light if you want the best quality at a consumer price point.

Bestqool facial therapy device folds for portability and storage
Bestqool facial therapy device folds for portability and storage

The light folds for storage and portability.

It includes red, yellow and blue lights, as well as combo colors green, orange and purple.

Use yellow for calming, blue for acne, and red for aging.

The Bestqool will have infrared starting this fall. I will update this article when it comes out.

When Amazon takes your customer support call, they both try to resolve the problem, and they try to contact the vendor.

Bestqool takes any doubt out of your customer service experience.

Bestqool is the only vendor I have reviewed that puts both its text phone number and its email on its customer support page.

This vendor wins praise both from me and the customers reviewing Bestqool’s products.

They are responsive and eager to have happy customers.

update: Bestqool is out of stock

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Why It's Better
  • Superior construction. You can feel the material quality in your hands.
  • Incredibly responsive customer service gives you their text and email contact information.
Use on Body
Hands Free
Goggles Included
Dimensions
16 in. x 10 in. x 9 in.
Warranty
1 Year with "Fulfilled by Amazon" support (better than fulfilled by vendor)
$279.00
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Why It's Better
  • Superior construction. You can feel the material quality in your hands.
  • Incredibly responsive customer service gives you their text and email contact information.
Use on Body
Hands Free
Goggles Included
Dimensions
16 in. x 10 in. x 9 in.
Warranty
1 Year with "Fulfilled by Amazon" support (better than fulfilled by vendor)
$279.00
OUT OF STOCK

Last update on 2021-05-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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