I’m a sucker for any product that promises clear skin. I can’t help it. I’m controlled by the hope of a desperate woman. So for Christmas this year, I asked for the Tria UV Light Skin Clearing System ($295). Here is my review of the product after using it every night for three weeks. (This review is six of one, half dozen of another, so be forewarned.)
Yes, the product helps clear acne. I noticed a change within two days and a particularly bad spot near my eye was fully healed in 7 days instead of its usual three weeks. However, the product ONLY works on certain types of acne and ONLY works on existing acne.
The product does little to nothing for deep cysts that are forming and surface white/blackheads. It will work on the traditional small but annoying blemishes that most people suffer from, and it will help already erupted cystic acne.
It will not prevent acne from forming. You will still get new blemishes, but you may get slightly fewer of them. But the device will clear whatever you have faster than natural, chemically assisted healing.
That being said, you should know that I am returning the device (they give you a 30-day window). While I have been satisfied by the product’s performance, and would recommend it to those with a moderate case of acne (I’m afraid mine is terminal), I have two qualms:
Cost. Three hundred dollars is a lot to pay for something that requires as much maintenance as Tria does. The device requires a cartridge that must be replaced every 300 minutes, and I’ve used up almost half of this in just three weeks. At $40 a pop, that’s another $320+ per year. No thanks.
Half Isn’t Good Enough. I suffer from the dreaded cysts, and thus, this device only helps half of my acne. The maker discloses this in the booklet that comes with the product, but the salesperson at Nordstrom did not tell me that when I bought it. And while I have been pleased with how it has healed my regular acne, pleased isn’t satisfied or thrilled.
If you have moderate acne (that’s not cystic), buy this product. It really works. But if you have cystic, this isn’t for you.