Talk about a product I wish had existed years ago when I was going through the uber stressful process of applying to college! I went to an event to learn about the Tria Beauty Skin Perfecting Blue Light ($245) two weeks ago and was blown away by what the dermatologists there had to say (the device is sold by beauty retailers as well as by dermatologists), the consumer testimonials, and all of the before and after shots. The handheld gadget is the first FDA-cleared blue light, it has tons of clinical studies to back up its claims, and unlike many of its competitors it does not require wearing goggles to protect your eyes (they don’t recommend shining it in your eye of course, but you can shine the blue light all over your face and not have to worry if your eyes are open).
The Tria is considerably more potent than other blue lights, which is why most users saw results within two weeks (a 70% improvement in the appearance of acne according to their clinical studies). They recommend using it twice a day for 2.5 minutes each time. You can “paint your face” (ie shine the light evenly all over your cleansed face), or focus on particularly troublesome areas. The kit comes with a cartridge that needs to be replaced every two months and the device will alert you when you hit that mark; on a side note if you simply wipe the front of the device after using it you can easily share it with your husband/boyfriend… Though you’ll likely see improvements quickly they recommend keeping up with the twice a day routine so that you can transition your skin from acne treatment to acne prevention mode.
The Tria can be used by all skin types for the treatment of mild to moderate acne (not cystic acne because even though it can go deeper into the skin than other devices it won’t penetrate deep enough to treat really severe acne). Knock on wood I have clear skin so I have no tried this device personally, but again the pictures, data, and testimonials I was shown were pretty mind boggling so if you’re dealing with stubborn acne — and trust me I know what a depressing nightmare that can be — I would definitely recommend looking into Tria’s blue light.