Sounds Crazy, But It Works: I Cleared My Breakout With A Beaming Blue Light

If there's something out there that can help me get great skin, I'm down to give it a go.

Apr 2, 2014 at 9:00am | Leave a comment

In my mind, I am a beauty risk-taker -- and, as an averagely vain female, I’ll try just about anything that promises clear, glowy, lit-from-within skin. I’ve tried almost every topical skin-clearing product in existence so when I came across Tria Acne Clearing Blue Light, I just had to test it out. I’m also a huge fan of Tria’s Hair Removal Laser, so I had high hopes for the blue light.
 
I don’t suffer from terrible acne, but I still have to deal with the occasional breakout that decides to show up the morning of an important meeting or right before a vacation. We all know that feeling, no matter how mild or extreme your acne may be. And if you don’t, then you’re too young to be reading this or you are just really, really #blessed and I am jealous.
 
Anyway, some topical products have harsh side effects like dry, peeling skin, or a weird reaction like that one time I temporarily burned my forehead as a teen with some cheap acne cream. So even though flashing a light on my skin seemed scary and questionable at first, I'm glad I kept an open mind because I got great results.
 
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Tria Acne Clearing Blue Light, $299, Triabeauty.com

 
The Tria Acne Clearing Blue Light uses a gentle, non-UV light source to treat mild to moderate acne by obliterating the bacteria (ew!) that causes acne deep within the skin without affecting the surrounding tissue or irritating the skin. Basically, even if you have super-sensitive skin, you can treat your blemishes safely and effectively with this device. The instructions say to use the light twice a day for two and a half minutes each time or once a day for five minutes, per “area.” For me, each “area” of my acne-prone face would mean a total of about twenty minutes per night, which is a steep commitment.
 
I decided that five minutes for my entire face -- cheeks, chin and forehead -- would suffice. The device itself is portable and easy to store -- I kept mine in my nightstand and used it on my freshly cleansed face every night while I sipped on my sleepy time tea and watched Andy Cohen yell at people on his show. The light turns on once you insert the cartridge it comes with and the device makes contact with your skin, and it has a built in timer to shut off automatically after five minutes of use.
 
The “framed” area where the light comes from is smaller than I expected -- which is good cause I was scared of being blinded -- but worked perfectly and covered just enough skin without flashing in my eyes. The how-to guide suggests that the user move the tip of the device across their skin as if you are “painting” (to me, it felt more like the motions a dude goes through when shaving). I “painted” my face for five minutes a day for two weeks with the Tria Acne Clearing Light and experienced no side effects.
 
When I began using the light on my face, I had just gotten a minor breakout on my right cheek so banishing that was my main concern. I knew it was only fair for my face if I treated all of it to prevent more breakouts and kill the bacteria creeping around the part of my face that was clear. Did I get overnight results? No. But after three days of continuous use, the breakout was no more and my skin was not as oily as it usually is. I should also note that the Tria keeps track of your uses on the small screen it has and automatically shuts off if it is not in contact with your skin. In my opinion, this thing is legit.
 
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Just brightening up my face with some blue light.

 
Today, my skin is pretty darn clear and it’s not just because I’m good at doing makeup -- this blue light did a lot to help (I also sleep eight hours a night, true story). My nighttime routine now consists of washing my face, using my blue light, and applying moisturizer. My friends noticed the improvement in my complexion and asked me what I used. “Oh, just a blue light.” One thing is for sure -- commitment is necessary. No slacking once you see your skin clear up; this should be all the more reason to keep up the painting.
 
So, would you guys ever try an acne light treatment like this one?