Celluma LED Red Light Therapy vs. LED Masks

February 22, 2022 Celluma LED Red Light Therapy vs. LED Masks

We are often asked about the differences between LED masks, such as the Omnilux Contour mask, and Celluma’s shape-taking LED devices.  As we always say, follow the scientific literature and what has been proven through credible research, the rest is just marketing hype.

The most significant difference between the Celluma SERIES of LED light therapy devices is first, its patented, shape-taking ability to form comfortably around joints as well as the face. Second, is the fact that the Celluma SERIES of light therapy devices offers one, two, and three-mode devices that can all be used on the face, as well as other areas of the body to treat aging skin, acne, as well as pain. Additionally, the new Celluma RESTORE, is FDA-cleared for Hair Restoration.  The Contour mask from Omnilux is a single-mode device covering the face only and is held in place with a Velcro strap that often gets tangled in the user’s hair. Remember, Celluma machines can be placed comfortably anywhere on the body.

LED light therapy masks are extremely limited in how and where they can be used. Clients often do not like the feeling of LED masks on their face which can leave temporary indentations that can last more than 24 hours. Practitioners using LED light therapy masks have reported that their patients do not like using them because they tend to become heavy and sweaty. If you are interested in treating skin and pain conditions elsewhere on the body, then additional LED light therapy devices will be required. Celluma effectively treats all these conditions, including aging skin, in a single device which can be placed easily anywhere on the body.

The Omnilux Contour Mask will not be effective in treating acne. Advanced LED light therapy devices emit multiple wavelengths simultaneously including blue light energy which is proven to kill the bacteria that causes acne. Celluma effectively treats acne, aging skin, pain, muscle and joint conditions in a single device. 

It should be noted that the Omnilux Contour Mask is marketed with a Hydrogel Mask. This mask is a revenue generating consumable designed to entice repeated ongoing purchases. A red flag noted in the Contour Hydrogel mask video, is the following statement: “the (Hydrogel) mask enhances the results allowing maximum light to reach the skin.” Given that this mask is shiny, thick and reflective, it will more likely act as a barrier to the absorption of the light energy by preventing the energy from reaching the target cells. It will deflect light away from the skin and, in doing so, will potentially diminish the effect of the LED light therapy treatment. Celluma recommends using LED light therapy on clean, dry skin and then applying necessary topicals post-treatment so as not to deflect the light away from the skin.

For more information on this, see our blog post “Benefits of Professional LED Light Therapy Treatment and How the Equipment Really Works”.

The Omnilux website states: “The specifically formulated Hydrogel Mask is designed to maximize light penetration into the dermis.” This is the second red flag statement that is not supported by credible scientific research and should be carefully noted and examined by any potential buyer. The third red flag is that the Hydrogel Mask used to be the “proprietary mask” of another LED system (which attempted and failed to successfully launch in the U.S. several years ago). At that time, the Hydrogel Mask claimed that it was designed specifically for use with that particular LED system

Compared to the Celluma SERIES of LED light therapy devices, the Omnilux Contour LED Mask is very expensive and does a lot less. It can be found online from $497-$749. It is also primarily being marketed as an at-home, retail product.

The Omnilux Contour LED Mask is only FDA-cleared to treat wrinkles. Celluma is cleared by the FDA to treat all of the following:

  • Arthritic Pain
  • Full Facial/Periorbital Wrinkles
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Muscle & Joint Pain
  • Muscle Tissue Tension
  • Muscle & Joint Stiffness
  • Diminished Local Circulation
  • Inflammatory Acne Vulgaris
  • Medically CE-marked for sale in the European Union as a Class II Medical Device for Dermal Wound Healing
  • Celluma is also Over-the-Counter cleared
  • Hair Restoration

As always, it’s important to do your homework and make sure you follow the scientific literature to understand what LED light therapy is and how specific devices work so you know you are getting the most value for your spend.

Matt Kovach