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Can I use AHA, glycolic acid, or vitamin C when using an LED mask?

Can I use AHA, glycolic acid, or vitamin C when using an LED mask?

Figuring out how LED light therapy works with other products, especially those with powerful active ingredients, can be complex.

If your skincare routine incorporates AHA, glycolic acid, or vitamin C, and you're curious about using them alongside your LED light therapy mask, read on to discover if this combination will give you optimal results. 

You can definitely combine AHA, glycolic acid, and Vitamin C with your LED mask. However, it's essential to be cautious of how and when you use these ingredients to maximize their benefits without overloading your skin.


Glycolic acid, the most popular AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), is derived from milk or sugar and is known for its exceptional exfoliating properties. As a natural exfoliant, AHAs like glycolic acid work wonders by enhancing cell turnover, revealing a fresher and more radiant complexion. 

Benefits of glycolic acid (an AHA)

  • Clears acne and blemishes, revealing a clearer complexion
  • Evens out skin tone, reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and discoloration
  • Boosts collagen production, promoting a firmer and more youthful-looking skin
  • Plumps the skin, helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces wrinkling by promoting smoother and more supple skin

Users of glycolic acid are often advised to use it at night and take precautions when exposing their skin to UV rays. As a powerful exfoliant, glycolic acid can leave the skin more vulnerable to light and potentially cause adverse reactions. If you want to incorporate glycolic acid into your skincare routine along with your LED light therapy mask, it is recommended to apply it after your treatment. Additionally, be sure not to skip the moisturizer at the end to prevent dryness. 


Vitamin C 

Antioxidants are like a best friend to your skin cells, protecting them from damage and aging. Among these powerful antioxidants, Vitamin C stands out. It not only brightens the skin but also boosts collagen production and offers numerous other benefits. When it comes to using an LED mask, Vitamin C is generally considered safe to use. In fact, most LED masks help enhance the absorption of skincare ingredients like Vitamin C.

Benefits of vitamin C

  • Provides deep hydration, leaving your skin moisturized and supple
  • Brightens the complexion, giving your skin a radiant and glowing appearance
  • Reduces redness and soothes irritated skin for a calmer, more even-toned complexion
  • Fades hyperpigmentation and dark spots, promoting a more uniform skin tone
  • Diminishes the appearance of under-eye circles, helping you achieve a refreshed and revitalized look
  • Protects against sun damage by neutralizing free radicals and boosting the effectiveness of your sunscreen
  • Provides relief from sunburn, soothing and healing the skin

Vitamin C is typically best used in the form of a serum. When incorporating it into your skincare routine with an LED mask like the LightAura, it's suitable to apply the serum after a treatment session. This is because freshly treated skin is in an optimal state to absorb all the active ingredients and make the most out of them. 

As always, it's best to consult with a skincare professional or dermatologist for personalized advice based on your skin type and any specific concerns you may have.

Tips on how to use AHA, glycolic acid, and vitamin C

Here are some tips on how to safely and effectively incorporate them into any skincare routine:


Vitamin C

  • Always use AHA at night to protect treated skin from UV rays
  • When using AHA daily, opt for an anti-acne face wash containing this ingredient
  • AHA can also be safely used as a toner, in a face mask, or as a chemical peel
  • Avoid using AHA in conjunction with exfoliating scrubs to prevent over-exfoliation.
  • After applying AHA, don't forget to moisturize your skin to maintain hydration

  • Prior to use, perform a patch test to check for any potential skin reaction.
  • It is safe to apply Vitamin C once or twice a day for optimal results.
  • If using a serum, make sure to apply it on a clean face using clean hands.
  • Vitamin C is also safe to use with other active ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, to maximize the benefits.


  written by Olivia Khader



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