Monday, July 16, 2012

My Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light Results

Having to deal with adult acne is a pain. And an embarrassing pain at that. I've tried different skin care regimens over the years and none of them made a difference. So I was both anxious and excited to try a new acne treatment with the Tria Blue Light. I first started using my Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light back on May 20 and continued to use it daily for more than six weeks. We will get to my results in just a minute, but first here is a little bit about the product:

  • Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light is a revolutionary, FDA-cleared hand-held device for at-home use that delivers the same therapeutic power of blue light used by dermatologists to treat breakouts deep within the skin. 
  • Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light eliminates acne-causing bacteria, leaving skin clear, radiant, and healthy looking. 
  • Dermatologist recommended, clinically proven and FDA-cleared, Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light is safe and effective. 
  • In clinical studies, consumers saw 70% acne reduction in just two weeks, 93% noticed a smoother complexion in four weeks and 100% said skin looked healthier and more radiant in four weeks.

For a quick refresher, be sure to check out my before pictures. Now let us get on to my thoughts and results.

The Good
There are some key things about the Tria that I think are really great. I found that the device was very easy to use and if you are working on a small treatment areas, you are done in just five minutes a day. Since I am a big believer in using all natural beauty and skin products, I love that the Tria is a treatment that is free of toxic chemicals. All those chemical acne products tend to severely dry out my skin but that did not happen to me when using the Tria. I also like that it has a rechargeable battery so you don't have to worry about continuously replacing dead batteries.

The Not So Good
Unfortunately, the Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light did not give me the results that I had hoped for. Initially, since I have multiple problem areas (chin, nose, forehead, etc.) I was using it for five minutes a day on my entire face. After two weeks of that is when I realized it is supposed to be five minutes for a small area. So if you want to work on both your chin and forehead, you need to do five minutes on each spot for a total of ten minutes per day. So I decided to focus on just my chin for the four weeks that followed. So after six total weeks of using the product I saw no improvement in the acne on my chin. I am thinking that the type of acne I am plagued with is not "compatible" with the Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light.

One other discouraging aspect is the cost. The initial purchase of the Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light system, which includes one cartridge, will set you back $245. That is a high price tag, but honestly I would not mind paying that if it worked for me and there were no further costs. The cartridge lasts for 300 hours so if you are working on one area for five minutes a day, then the cartridge will last you 60 days. So that is $240 for a year's supply of cartridges. However, if you have multiple problem areas that you want to treat at five minutes each, you will need to replace your cartridge much sooner equaling even more costs.

I was definitely sad that this did not work for my skin as I had high hopes for a clear complexion using this blue light therapy. So I am still on the hunt for something that works for me. However, just because it doesn't work for me doesn't mean it won't work for others. Take a look at how the Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light helped Jenn at Sweet T Make's Three.

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Tria and received a Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light product sample to facilitate my review.


  1. That is disappointing! Given the cost, I think I'd like to know that it will be effective before investing that kind of money into it. I appreciate the review and honesty.

  2. I'm sad to hear this didn't work out for you. I've heard about this type of therapy working for some so I wouldn't write it off quite yet. I have blackhead acne though so I'm not sure it would work for me either.


    1. I think this is why it didn't work for me too. I have mostly blackhead acne, but on my chin it is a mixture of blackheads and teeny tiny whiteheads.

  3. I'm so sorry it didn't work for you - I have the same problem with blackheads, although the occasional giant pimple shows up. Painful and embarrassing - I bet it would be great for teenagers. :-/

  4. Sorry you didn't get the results you were looking for. It helped my whiteheads, but the cartridge cost is killer as I mentioned in my review. Thanks for the link!

  5. Thanks for the honest review. It's good to have some information like this before spending a lot of money on a product.

  6. I am sorry that it didn't work for you. :( Thank you so much for the honest review.

  7. I'm sorry it didn't work too since it is so toxin free. I, knock on wood, have been very lucky to good skin. It is one of my few physical blessings. I wish I had some advice for you, but I really can't think of anything except maybe trying liquid grapefruit seed extract mixed with water and applied to the area, it kills bacteria and such and might help.

  8. I'm sorry that it didn't work but I appreciate your honest review.

  9. I'm sorry this didn't work for you. I had a smaller version I tried from Sephora a year ago. You don't replace cartridges, it's basically throw away. It was $60. It's small purse size. I use soap, exfoliater & a moisturizer from natural Skin Care which was and is to date the only products and combo that has worked to clear my acne. However, I do get a break out here and there from my monthly cycles. I use my little blue light (which also gets warm and vibrates in addition to the blue light) on those 1-2 acne spots on my chin area. It works flawlessly & treats in a couple minutes like the Tria. It's mostly for a spot or pimple here or there but it's nice rather then using an acne chemical which like you said dried my face & don't work anyway.

    We got the Tria to try. I am disappointed in some things (cost & the size of the machine for area covered - my pocket size one covers a little smaller of an area with 2 additional features for a fraction of the cost!) but my tween had been using the Tria for the test. She's had good luck so far. Personally, I love it because it's chemical free for her. It doesn't work on all acne though and even some acne she has it doesn't clear up. I don't know the differences in acne to know why this is. It's working and we will continue with Blue Light Therapy, but I feel like my smaller one with the vibration (which is supposed to pull pore dirt lose) and heat (warming up the area helps treatment) works better & rather then drop $60 on a cartridge I'll get her the small more discrete one, which in my opinion works better.

    I'm sorry it didn't work for you. Perhaps an alternative would? I would try another form of blue light before you rule out that it doesn't work. We are in a group together do if you want to message me on FB I'll share the other info with you!

  10. I'm sorry that it didn't work for you. That stinks. Thank you for the honest review though!

  11. I'm so sorry it didn't work for you. I didn't know it was for small areas to be honest and I used it on my whole face for 5 minutes total too. Tria worked for me though. My only issue was the battery life and of course the cartridge cost


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