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