There are more ways to help clear up acne breakouts than just by using topical and oral medications. There are now several at home acne treatments that can be performed. In the last decade, many new brands have come out with consumer-friendly hand held devices that do their best to treat and banish acne. From LED blue light therapy to heat treatments, here are some of the top acne-fighting, at-home devices you can find on the market today.
Tanda Zap Acne Spot Treatment Device & Clear+
Tanda makes two acne-fighting hand held devices that can be used at home. Both the Zap Acne Spot Treatment and the Clear+ use a combination of blue light therapy, heat and sonic vibration. The combination of these three technologies is a triple threat to acne. The blue light kills the acne bacteria, the sonic vibration shakes up more the acne bacteria and thereby exposes it to the blue light. The warming opens up the pores, creating a clearer path for the light to reach the acne bacteria. The Zap is more for spot treating since the surface area of the device is smaller. The Clear+ reaches a larger amount of skin, so it’s better for people with larger acne breakouts.
TRIA Skin Perfecting Blue Light
Another home acne treatment option is the TRIA, which uses a gentle blue light therapy to eliminate the p. acne bacteria on the skin’s surface. Clinical studies on home patients using this device are promising: 94% reported fewer breakouts after 2 weeks and 100% reported fewer breakouts after 8 weeks. Users are instructed to use the TRIA once a day for five minutes.
Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System
While the Clarisonic isn’t an acne-specific device, it can help remove dirt and oils trapped in the pores. Clarisonic uses patented sonic frequency to deeply clean the skin, removing twice as much dirt and oil than a regular manual cleansing. The best way to use the Clarisonic if you have acne is to pair with an acne-fighting cleanser. Clarisonic makes a few differet devices including the Clarisonic Pro and the Clarisonic Mia.
Zeno Hot Spot
The idea behind this thermal device is that heat will destroy the bacteria that cause acne. The way it works is by holding the tip of the device to the blemished area for a 2 ½ minute cycle. In their clinical tests, 90% of blemishes disappeared or faded after 24 hours of use.