Save or Splurge – Foreo Espada vs Neutrogena Acne Light Therapy

14th February 2018 in Skincare, Treatment - 5 Comments - Talia James (The Skincare Saviour) - 3 min read

Welcome Skintellectuals!

I have been meaning to do this post for a while now but since the Neutrogena Light Therapy launched i thought i would just combine the posts into a Save or Splurge post.
We have 2 acne treatments here that both use light to kill the acne causing bacteria that can be sometimes present. The Foreo Espada is the more expensive treatment and the Neutrogena Light Therapy is the more affordable option,

Save or Splurge - Foreo Espada vs Neutrogena Light Therapy

The Foreo Espada uses the dual power of laser-focused blue LED light and T-Sonic™ pulsations which help to clear up acne/spots over time. Espada targets pimples, clogged pores and blackheads.
I really like the use of these treatment lights as ive felt quite a difference in how my skin reacts when i get a flare up/breakout. The whole idea behind the Espada is the blue light  works by firing LED light energy into pores to attack acne-causing bacteria “known as P. acnes” where it lives. Espadas T-Sonic pulsations propel blue light wavelengths deeper, for an amplified effect. This noninvasive acne treatment is FDA-approved, pain-free and mess-free.

I had found online that Espada works at 415 nm which is enough to target the surface of the skin but its powerful enough to penetrate the skin and treat the deeper layers, Espada would have to be at least 465 nm for this.

The Espada is really easy to use you press the button and press it to your skin it will start to vibrate for 30 seconds then switch off (The treatment wont switch on unless there is contact with the skin)

The Espada is £129 and comes in 3 colours (Also waterproof and rechargeable 1 charge lasts 50 uses)

Save or Splurge - Foreo Espada vs Neutrogena Light Therapy

The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment works on the same principle as the Espada but this includes the use of red light as well as blue light.
Even though this is cheaper i find the combination of red and blue really interesting as you not only get the benefits of the bacteria killing blue light you also get the healing powers of the red light as well. As well as known for its healing properties red light can help to increase microcirculation and formation of new capillaries.

The Neutrogena Light Therapy doesn’t vibrate like the Espada but i feel like because it has the added red light it makes up for that plus this is much more convenient to be carrying around with you as the Espada is more of a stay at home type of thing.

Neutrogena Light Therapy is really easy to use again all you do is hold in the button it will turn on and this treatment lasts for 2 minutes and will turn off after its done,

Neutrogena Light Therapy is £29.99, that’s around a £100 different between the two treatments.

Save or Splurge - Foreo Espada vs Neutrogena Light Therapy

It really does depend on what you can afford and what you are willing to spend on something like this, both have fantastic qualities but im really keen to see how well the Neutrogena Light Therapy works over time as it has the added benefit of the red light

You can find the Espada online at and the Neutrogena Light Therapy online and instore at

Have you tried light therapy before?
What do you think of these?
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Talia James (The Skincare Saviour)

Scottish science nerd obsessed with all things beauty! Creator of The Skincare Saviour, a skincare blog covering everything from reviews, tutorials to busting myths, finding dupes and breaking down trends.

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  • beautykinguk 17th August 2018 at 12:45 am

    I’ve never tried light therapy, and to be honest, I’d never even thought about reading up on it before now. I’m a big fan of Foreo gizmos but I think the Neutrogena wand would be better on my face. Would be good to know how you get on over time as you say before I shell out for one! Steve

  • Shireen 17th August 2018 at 12:45 am

    Honestly I have never tried light therapy before mainly because I thought it’s gimmicky so this was an eye opening read. I might opt for the Neutrogena one as it’s more budget friendly.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • Bernadette 17th August 2018 at 12:45 am

    While I’ve been lucky enough to not suffer from acne, It’s quite nice to see many brands sell light therapy devices to those who do. Especially neutrogena which is quite an affordable brand.

  • Tamsin Swann 17th August 2018 at 12:45 am

    I always wanted one as a teen but probably don’t need one as much now. The Neutrogena one sounds fab out the two though xx

  • john lee 17th August 2018 at 12:45 am

    You wrote amazing article but I’ve never tried light therapy.

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