I Tried the World’s Most Powerful At-Home Skin Laser and It's Not Nearly as Scary as It Sounds

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Last Updated
Feb 15, 2022

Fun fact: I’ve never undergone a professional laser treatment. I know—what kind of beauty editor am I? The truth is, a cautious one. While in-office laser treatments performed by a trusted board-certified physician are generally safe, I’ve always been a bit terrified of the aftermath. Specifically, the severe redness, irritation, and peeling that often follows these types of high-powered treatments. As someone who’s already prone to those symptoms on a daily basis (thanks, rosacea), you can understand my hesitation. 

Still, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t interested in achieving the level of results that these professional laser treatments produce: namely improved skin texture, reduced redness, fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and a more even complexion. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about the launch of a new skincare device that promises all of the power of a medical-grade laser without any of the downtime, pain, or side effects. Best of all? The device is safe enough to use at home, all on your own—no trip to the derm needed. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, as it turns out, this magical device isn’t just a beauty editor’s fantasy; it’s called the LYMA Laser, and by the sound of it, it was going to be the answer to all my dull, uneven complexion woes. 

Curious to know if this high-powered device was really all that it claimed to be, I sat down with LYMA’s founder Lucy Goff to discuss the science behind the laser, how it works, and why it’s being hailed as a “category-defining product” unlike any other. Then, of course, I put one to the test. See my full review of the LYMA laser, including the unretouched before and after photos, below.

The LYMA Laser At-a-Glance


  • Easy to use
  • Painless
  • Safe for all skin tones
  • Addresses multiple skin concerns, including skin aging, hyperpigmentation, scars, rosacea, and acne


  • Time-consuming
  • Needs to be used daily for at least three months to see visible results
  • Expensive 

How Does the LYMA Laser Work?

First, let’s get one thing straight: the LYMA Laser is completely unlike anything you would see at your dermatologist’s office. Although outfitted with an industrial-grade 500-milliwatt laser (most at-home devices range between five and 20 milliwatts in power), this small, handheld device operates in a much different way. While in-office treatments like Fraxel, IPL, and Dermapen work off of a stress-damage response, meaning they inflict thermal damage to the skin so that it regenerates itself, the LYMA Laser doesn’t damage or heat the skin at all.

But that still begs the question: Why can it be used at home without the help of a professional? “It contains two internal diffused lenses that disperse the laser beam into 25,000 fragments across the three-centimeter lens,” explains Goff. “That takes away all the heat from the near-infrared light, but it doesn’t change its structure, so you’re still left with a very targeted and very powerful coherent light (read: light that runs in a straight line). Because that light is split so many times, though, it makes it safe and does not inflict damage to the cells whatsoever.” 

According to Goff, it’s that controlled dispersion that allows the light to penetrate through each of the layers of the skin and pass the fat and muscle tissue beneath in order to trigger a genetic response inside the cells. By stimulating the skin all the way to the bottommost layer, the LYMA Laser essentially activates the body’s natural renewal process, leading to an increase in collagen and elastin production and the creation of healthy new skin cells. In other words, “it’s switching off the cells that are associated with aging, and switching on the ones associated with renewal,” adds Goff. 

The LYMA Laser vs. LED Devices

That ability to penetrate through the multiple layers of the skin is also what separates the LYMA laser from the countless LED face masks that are currently all the rage among beauty consumers. As Goff explains, “LED and laser are two completely different light sources.” While the LYMA Laser does include a blue LED light in its lens to help treat surface bacteria, the laser beam itself is far more powerful than anything else on the market. In fact, according to Goff, without the diffused lenses, it can actually burn a hole through a credit card. 

“LED light can’t do what laser light does—it can only work superficially,” she adds. “The reason is that LED masks use scattered light, the majority of which bounces off the skin. The very small amount of light that is able to penetrate through the skin also loses its physiological power once it hits the surface, so it really only ends up having a smoothing effect.”

What Results Can You Expect to See?

Although initially developed by LYMA’s Director of Science, Dr. Paul Clayton, as a medical laser to heal a range of injuries—including degenerated cartilage, torn tendons, and respiratory inflammation—the LYMA Laser can actually address a wide array of skin concerns and conditions. Specifically, when used at home twice a day (for a minimum of five weeks), clinical trials have shown that it can result in: 

  • A 64 percent reduction in hyperpigmentation
  • A 42 percent reduction in rosacea
  • A 56 percent reduction in acne
  • And a 53.8 percent reduction in wrinkle depth 

According to Goff, the LYMA laser can also help erase scars, reduce redness and inflammation, fade bruising, and reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. In other words, it does a little bit of everything. 

“It can resolve more skin issues than anything else on the market,” she tells us. “And over time, you can eventually transform your skin to behave the way it did when you were younger, or change the recipe of a scar into a smoother, less noticeable one. It essentially empowers skin to behave as if it’s not aging.”

How Do You Use the LYMA Laser?

For such a high-powered device, the LYMA Laser is surprisingly easy to use. However, while the laser itself requires little more than a push of a button to operate, there are some additional steps you need to take first to ensure the maximum results.

The Prep

With each LYMA Laser, you’ll also receive the LYMA Active Mist and Priming Serum, which help prep the skin to optimize the laser’s treatment. The former contains a mineral-rich formula featuring 36 percent active stabilized oxygen, which essentially floods the skin with hydration and gives it an immediate plumping effect. The serum, meanwhile, not only acts as a conduit for the laser but also contains a dose of high-grade beta-glucans, which reportedly hydrates the skin 20 percent more than hyaluronic acid and helps support a healthy skin barrier. Together, Goff says they help flood the skin with hydration, reduce inflammation, and enhance the laser’s cell-regenerating effects. 

For the best results, start by washing your face and applying six spritzes of the Active Mist. Once fully dry, apply two pumps of the Priming Serums across the face and neck, and follow with the moisturizer of your choice. This will help provide some extra slip, so you don’t tug or pull on the skin as you glide the laser across your face.

The Treatment

Once you’ve prepped your skin, simply click the button at the base of the device, and you’re ready to go. Like any other LED wand, Goff recommends moving the laser across the area that you’re looking to treat in slow, upward movements, ensuring the lens stays in complete contact with the skin the entire time. In total, the brand advises using it for a minimum of 15 to 30 minutes one to two times a day, depending on what you’re looking to address. For small, targeted areas, including crow’s feet, dark spots, scars, and blemishes, you can also hold the laser in place for the full duration of the treatment without fear of damaging your skin. (Remember, unlike in-office lasers, the LYMA Laser does not work off of a stress-damage response, so there’s no need to worry about scarring or burning.) However, if you’re looking for an all-over anti-aging, brightening, or rosacea treatment, we suggest following celebrity esthetician Nichola Joss’s custom LYMA facial tutorial here.

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

One of the most important things to understand about the LYMA Laser is that its results are cumulative. In other words, don’t expect to use the device one night and wake up with clearer, younger-looking skin the next morning. 

“You have to use it every day for three months to see results,” says Goff. “After that, you can switch to using it just a couple of times a week for maintenance, depending on the concern. If you’re treating a scar or dark spot, you’ll obviously just use the laser until it’s gone. However, if you’re using it as an anti-aging or rosacea treatment, you’ll need to continue with regular treatments to help maintain the results.”

Is the LYMA Laser Safe for All Skin Types?

Yes, the LYMA Laser is suitable for all skin types and skin tones. While many in-office laser treatments are not safe to use on darker skin tones due to the increased risk for scarring, burning, and pigmentation, the LYMA Laser doesn’t heat or damage the skin’s cells at any stage in the process, rendering it completely safe, no matter your level of melanin.

Who Shouldn’t Use the LYMA Laser

That said, Goff does recommend that those with an overactive thyroid avoid using the laser directly over the thyroid area. The same goes for anyone dealing with an active fungal infection, as the device could make it worse. Otherwise, feel free to laser away. 

My LYMA Laser Review

As a beauty editor, I’ve tried a lot of high-tech tools in my day, including everything from a 3D makeup printer to a Nespresso-like appliance that whips up freshly brewed skincare on the spot. As for shooting an actual laser beam into my face, though? Well, that was completely new territory, even for me. Still, I was willing to give it a try. 

To start, I washed my face and immediately applied six spritzes of the Active Mist, followed by two pumps of the Priming Serum. As someone with sensitive, rosacea-prone skin, I’m generally pretty wary of adding new products to my routine as, more often than not, they tend to result in nothing more than redness and irritation. However, I’m pleased to report that that was not the case with these two. Not only did they play well with my finicky skin, but, as promised, they also infused it with an immediate dose of hydration that made my skin feel softer and more supple.

The Process: Easy and Pain-Free

Once my skin was fully prepped, it was time to get to work. With Joss’s video tutorial playing in the background, I grabbed my laser (which, by the way, is about the same size and weight as a flashlight) and slowly started gliding it along my jawline, working my way from the center of my face outward. I repeated this step three times before moving onto the next section, continuously working my way up to the forehead. 

To my surprise, I couldn’t feel the laser at all, even when I hovered for a few minutes over some of the more prominent lines and dark spots on my face. In fact, the only sensation I ever felt was the slight warmth of the lens as I worked my way from one side of my face to the next, reminding me a bit of a gentle facial massage. Thanks to the hydrating effects of the Priming Serum, my skin was also smooth enough that I was able to wield the laser without it tugging or skipping across my skin, making the process feel all the more relaxing. 

In total, the whole process took about 30 minutes to complete, with 15 minutes being spent on each side of my face. While the laser technically only needs 15 minutes to do its thing, Goff recommends those with rosacea use it for the full 30 minutes to help reduce inflammation and redness, which I was more than happy to do. After all, what’s 15 more minutes compared to months of smoother, more even-looking skin?

The Results: Subtle but Impressive

Per Goff’s instructions, I continued to use the LYMA Laser for 15-30 minutes every day for three months, and I’ll admit, the results are impressive. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I’ve seen a dramatic difference in my complexion over these last several weeks, I will say that I have seen steady improvements in its overall tone, texture, and appearance. 

For starters, it has almost completely erased the few acne scars and spots of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that I had been struggling with for months, following a handful of stress-induced breakouts earlier this year. It has also visibly reduced the appearance of the fine lines that continue to live rent-free around the outside of my mouth, giving my skin an overall plumper, more lifted look. And then, there are my dark circles. While these dark hollows are unfortunately genetic, making them essentially immune to the countless eye creams that I have lining my bathroom shelf, I can’t help but notice that they too appear a little brighter these days. In fact, if I didn’t know any better, I would say that it looks like I’ve finally started getting a full eight hours of sleep every night, but who am I kidding? I know that’s not the case.

Now, as for the laser’s ability to address my rosacea, while I was secretly hoping that I could say it had finally freed me from the constant flare-ups and flushing, the fact of the matter is, that’s just not how it works. Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that is triggered by a wide array of environmental, dietary, and genetic factors, including sunlight, excessive heat, stress, and certain foods. As Goff explains, while the laser itself cannot get rid of rosacea, it can help treat some of the symptoms—the results of which are well-documented on the brand’s site

That said, while the laser didn’t help reduce the number of flare-ups I experienced (I’m still trying to determine what my triggers are), it did drastically reduce the severity of my symptoms, including the overall redness and dryness of my skin. As a result, my complexion is now significantly brighter, smoother, and more even and hydrated, which is all to say that the LYMA Laser works and I, for one, am completely sold. 

The Final Verdict

Bottom line: I’m a huge fan of this device. As someone who prefers a more non-invasive approach to skincare treatments, the LYMA Laser is unmatched, in my opinion. It’s easy to use, safe, and pain-free, and more importantly, it works. Over the last three months, I’ve seen a noticeable improvement in my skin’s overall tone and texture, which has made the daily half-hour treatments feel entirely worthwhile. (Although, I’ll admit, even I couldn’t resist skipping a night here and there out of pure laziness.) On top of that, I love that I’ve been able to achieve these results all while comfortably binge-watching my favorite TV shows at home and without any of the pain, irritation, or unsightly flaking that would come with a professional laser treatment. 

Now, does the LYMA Laser require a bit more time and commitment than some of your other go-to beauty tools? Absolutely. Does it cost a bit more, too? You bet. But when you consider the fact that this is a medical-grade laser that you can use every day for a minimum of ten years (that’s little more than 50 cents per day for those who are counting), the evidence is clear: the LYMA Laser is well worth the cost. 

That said, if you’re the type of person who struggles to stay committed to a multi-step daily skincare routine or is looking for more dramatic, instantaneous results, the LYMA Laser is maybe not the best choice for you. However, if you’re someone who prefers a slow and steady approach to skin rejuvenation or is looking for a more cost-effective alternative to in-office laser treatments, the LYMA Laser is a fantastic solution. I, for one, am looking forward to kicking back with my laser every couple of nights and, judging by the results thus far, I think it’s safe to say that my skin is, too. 

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