A new crop of hand-held acne light therapy esthetic devices has been crowding the bathroom shelf, wedged between the latest salon styling tool and multispeed electric toothbrush.
Marketed as mini-me professional devices, the gadgets often come with hefty price tags and the promise of results that sound too good to be true: using acne light therapy.
Acne Light Therapy Device
The newest of these acne light therapy devices, boasting advanced heat and light-emitting technologies, are taking aim at acne.
Products like the Tanda Skincare System ($250), the Claro ($275) and the No!No! Skin ($180), which became available in the United States this year, use heat or light, or a combination of both.
They represent one of the top three categories of home-use esthetic devices sold globally, after skin rejuvenation and hair removal devices, said Michael Moretti, an analyst and founder of Medical Insight, an esthetic market research firm.
The BONUS Tanda Light-Optimized Cleanser and Anti-Blemish Gel are specially formulated with a high degree of transparency and designed to be free of light-reflecting properties which may interfere with the Tanda light therapy treatment.
Designed specifically with home use in mind, the Tanda Clear acne light therapy device was developed to be easy to use and user-friendly with features such as portability, long-lasting treatment heads, a large treatment surface area and a modular design
Tanda Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment uses 414nm blue LED light to kill P.acnes bacteria, helping to cure existing blemishes and prevent further outbreaks. Results with Tända Clear can be seen in as little as 24 hours.
CLARO uses Intense Pulsed Light, acne light therapy, a powerful combination of heat and light, to treat mild to moderate acne quickly and naturally.
The proprietary Energy Delivery System in the CLARO delivers a series of light pulses in 6 seconds that safely penetrate the skin to target the cause of acne.
Keeping your face clean and stimulated with a motorized skin care brush is one thing; aiming heat or beaming coloured lights to clear acne is another. Consumers and skin care professionals alike are wondering: Do these things even work?
“People with acne are desperate to try anything,” said Dan Kern, founder of Acne.org, a site that has been addressing the topic for 13 years. “Acne can be so devastating to one’s self-esteem.”
In fact, 40 million to 50 million Americans have mild to severe acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. “Mild” might mean a few pimples that flare up occasionally; “severe” refers to painful cysts and nodules that can leave disfiguring scars, physical and emotional.
Have you tried acne light therapy? Does it work? For $250 you can find out if acne light therapy is for you.