If the product claims to prevent acne, treat acne or cure acne, I will buy it. Sometimes, I think about the thousands of dollars that I have spent trying to stop the sebaceous scourge and I get really upset. But that doesn’t stop me from being sucked in by the siren’s song over and over again.
For Christmas, my parents gifted me a $300 TRIA Skin Clarifying Blue Light system. It worked on some of my acne, but not all of my acne. And since that $300 could (and has) kept me in makeup for five months, I decided to return it for a gift card. But the experience definitely proved to me that blue light does help my acne, so when I discovered the Tanda Zap and its reasonable $49 cost, I had to buy one.
Unlike the TRIA, Tanda’s Zap is smaller, easier to use, and doesn’t require a charger, special serums, replacement cartridges, or any other accoutrements. All you need to make the Tanda work is three AAA batteries, which are helpfully included.
To treat an existing blemish, you place the light head on the skin, push the button and hold it there for two minutes. So simple. And instead of being limited to one treatment per day, you can treat the area 2-3 times for maximum effectiveness.
Also, unlike Zeno (which I’ve also tried) and TRIA, you don’t need to buy replacement tips or cartridges after 50 or 200 uses. The Tanda Zap allows for about 1,000 uses before it wears out. Then you just toss it away, and buy a new one. That’s five cents a treatment. Much, much cheaper than a spa.
I think the Zap is a great product. I think it’s a useful tool to have whether you get a lot of acne, or just want something for the occasional problem zit. It couldn’t be easier to use, and after 3-5 treatments, the blemish is essentially dead. (Hallejulah!) And unlike TRIA, the big Tanda or the Zeno system, it’s affordable. If you have the means, I highly suggest picking one up.