I did a lot of reading before I bought this mask & saw it could be hacked to work beyond the 30 uses so I bought it. I'm 30 yrs old & have struggled with acne since I was 12. For the last couple years I've had it pretty much under control with birth control & spironolactone (if you haven't tried it, it was my life saver. It does take time to work. It blocks aldosterone from binding to your sebaceous glands decreasing oil production ---> no clogged pores ----> no acne) but for some reason this past January my jaw line & chin went out of control. Don't know if it was stress or what. Fast forward to the end of March and I still didn't have a hold on it so I thought I would give the mask a try. Since I knew I could hack it I used it twice a day to start out, but it was drying out my face. About a week in I saw my dad & he told me my face looked smoother. I thought it was looking better but him saying that confirmed that it was doing better. I also shoved it under my shirt at night while watching tv for any little break outs there. It worked for me. No more cystic acne around my jaw or chin.
I just did the hack & mine didn't work with the ones that I found so I figured I'd post what worked for me since I bought mine the beginning of April 2015.
1. Unscrew the two screws on the back of the device. Be careful when you open it to not pull the wires out of where they attach. 2. Take the batteries out and unscrew the 2 screws that holds the plastic piece in place. Once unscrewed replace the batteries & put some tape over it so the don't fall out when you flip it over (the batteries must be in place to reset the mask). Underneath it there is a circuit board. 3. Using a piece of copper wire or paper clip touch one end to the LED wire in the bottom right hand corner. Touch the other end to the little TEST copper circle--located on the left of the circuit board. 4. Press the start button while the wire is in place....2 or 3 seconds. The number 30 should then be flashing on the screen (indicates you are in test mode) 5. Move your wire from the TEST button to the RESET button. (use the copper circle above the word RESET, not below). 6. Press the start button again while the wire is in place, and the blinking 30 will stop blinking & you will be good to go!
Hope this jack works for you. I was getting so bummed when the others didn't work for me but I just kept playing with it.
So far, so good. I have suffered with moderate to severe acne since I was a teenager. Topical creams and gels don't work for me, and usually wind up breaking my skin out worse. The directions for this mask say it is designed for mild to moderate acne, but I decided to give it a shot anyhow. I was desperate for some kind of relief! After one use, my skin was softer. After three uses, my skin was smoother. After one week of use, I have less reddening and inflammation and fewer fresh breakouts. My dermatologist even noticed and asked what I was doing differently! I know it's a bummer that the mask only has 30 uses, and I know there are lots of tutorials out there on how to rig the mask for more uses-- but I'm totally okay with paying these people for this product when I'm seeing results for the first time EVER. It isn't an overnight fix, but I'm watching my skin transform before my eyes after every use. That's amazing for me. However, I do suggest purchasing at Walmart or drug stores-- the mask is $15 cheaper or so at those locations. Also, the lights are very bright, so consider wearing sunbathing glasses or covering your eyes with a towel while you wear the mask. The glasses it comes with are not very effective. 4 stars!
If you have acne that never seems to go away or really red and scared face from acne this is a great option that is inexpensive compared to other options. It is worth the $30 dollars for sure. I have tried every medication, and Dr. treatments and this does an exceptional job considering the price! A must have if you have severe cystic acne like I do. I didn't start having acne until I was in my early 20's and I am now 30 and still continue to have cystic acne. This is the only thing that relieves the inflammation besides placing a hot wet wash cloth on my face! I highly recommend! I have TRIED EVERYTHING trust me!
I had heard some great personal reviews of this particular mask and was excited! When I got it, nothing came on. I reread directions again and pressed the button. For a full second. Still nothing. I opened the battery compartment and it was filled with corrosion. I bought some brand new batteries today and only a few VERY DIM lights came on. My counter had already gone down 5 times. I have seen how this is supposed to light up, with very very bright red and blue lights that look like magenta lights coming out of the mask. Not mine.
I used this product for the full 30 days. I am sorry to say that I do not see one iota of difference in my skin. The manufacturer says that for maximum effects, it should be used for 8 weeks. But, I have not yet decided if it is worthwhile continuing. I had thought I would try to reset the device so I could give it another 30 days. But, the reset directions in other reviews and on the You Tube videos do not match up to the "innards" of my device. The markings are completely different. Has anyone purchased a device recently and been able to reset it? If so, I would appreciate some help. If not, I will probably not continue with the regimen as I am not convinced it will have any further benefits. I have one of the hand held devices from a different manufacturer and may go back to that. At least it doesn't require continuous re-purchases... which, to me, seems to be something of a ripoff. UPDATE: I returned this product as I could not justify spending more money on a product that had done nothing it promised. BUYER BEWARE !!!