Unlisted Brand • Tria Clarifying Blue Light • Misc Beauty Tools
|Would buy this product again.||80%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Green
I have has fairly severe acne since I was 13 and 'm 26 now. I've tried Accutane, Retin A, Clindamyicin, Doxyxicycline, Benozyl Peroxide 10%, Salicylic Acid, tanning beds, micdreodermabrasion, and facials and every combination of the above and also very careful to use always choose oil free non comedogenic products as well as going make up free as long as possible and always cleaning after gym, or a hot day and I never cleanse too much to wear my skin gets flaky dry or tight but still I would have 5 to 10 pimples, red raised came to a white gooey head after a week or so and also large hard non pain lump type cystic acne mostly which occurs on my cheeks.
The first 3 weeks of using my Tria I used it twice a day for the full 5 minutes I was finished with my purging period after that and have basically been acne free since and my skin looks more even and soft and my make up doesn't sink into pours, it seems to have shrink them even though it says it doesn't. So, I got the relief I've sought for half of my life HOWEVER.
The device is expensive in itself and using it as much as I do to keep my skin clear or to heal the occasional pimple ASAP it gets costly. Each cartridge on the automatic refill program is $34 and I go through quite a few. In my opinion it's worth it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I love my Tria Clarifying Blue Light. I am in my late 30s and ever since I stopped using birth control hormones my chin has taken on the personality of a 16 year old with horrible pimples that were leaving awful scars. I had bad acne as a teen and when I went on the pill at 17 my face immediately cleared up. By the time I reached my mid 20s all of my old scars had disappeared. In addition to not wanting to use chemicals on my skin because I am trying to get pregnant, I am allergic to everything including most over the counter treatments for teens and adults. The Tria was my lifesaver. I purchased it on QVC as a TSV for around $100. I noticed a difference immediately. For the first three months I used it twice a day for 5 minutes on my entire chin area. I have not had a major break out in nearly 9 months. I still get a singular, minor blemish from time to time but nothing as bad as I was experiencing before. All it takes is 2-3 daily treatments with the blue light and the blemish has shrunk significantly. After a week it is gone completely. All without chemicals. I no longer use it daily, only when I feel a blemish coming up which is usually the week prior to my period. When you purchase the system they actually provide you a cleansing system to go with it. I never used it since I am allergic to most topical acne treatments including cleansers, as well as the fact the whole point of buying the unit was to avoid chemicals. Fortunately for me, I didn't need it. My normal cleansing routine is with a mild foaming cleanser such as Neutrogena Naturals or Philosophy's Purity Made Simple. I also invested in a Clarisonic which I use only once per day. If you have problem skin it is strongly recommended that you not go overboard with the Clarisonic and stick to once per day use.
One drawback to the system is the battery life. On a full charge you get approximately 30 minutes of treatment time, or roughly three treatments (at 10 minutes) before you need to recharge. If you are traveling, you will need to bring the charger with you because a full charge won't last a full week. Also if you don't use the machine regularly the battery will drain on its own. I usually charge it up around day 20 of my cycle since I know I will need it from day 21-30. This machine was totally worth every penny I spent on it. Granted my treatment area is small. If you have breakouts everywhere, it may take more patience and many more cartridges (which are not cheap). In addition, you can't get it near your eye so those who get break outs on their foreheads may not be able to benefit. I wish they had invented this when I was a teen. It would have saved me so much heartache.
Age: Unknown Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
UPDATE #2: I feel like the cartridge false alarms are a big problem, as they can lead to spending a lot more money on new cartridges than you need to. Before I wised up, I actually threw away a cartridge that had tons of minutes remaining on it because I believed the device's messages to replace the cartridge. That's almost $50 in the trash. Also, I don't see why the device needs cartridges in the first place, since it's just emitting light...I'm starting to think that the company might have figured they could make a lot more money by having a cartridge system, and implemented one for that reason alone. Which would really, really bother me if it were true.
But now for the actual device and its results...if you use it for a long time on the spots where you need it (maybe 7-10 minutes a day--with breaks, of course--on each problem area, which can be done while watching TV etc.), it will really help a lot. *Warning: the following is gross...* I had a huge and disgusting pimple that was not responding to anything: not the best masques and spot treatments in my arsenal, and not even to attempted popping. Suffice it to say, this thing was frustrating and nasty. I used the Tria on it for 3 days, 8 minutes a day right on the spot. By day 3 it was dry, and by today (day 4) it is fully healed and gone, with nothing but a tiny flat scab in its place. I know I would have had a much grosser, more painful, and more difficult-to-hide situation if I had let that thing fester or attempted to treat it with my other products. I have the TRIA to thank. Only reasons I'm withholding a star are that it's expensive, a bit loud and cumbersome, takes awhile to perform the treatment, and finally the stupid cartridge problem. You could probably get similar results with a prescription, even a prescription topical antibiotic, for a lot cheaper and easier. But this is definitely better than anything else over-the-counter for treating individual pimples.
UPDATE #1: It turns out the cartridges aren't as short-lived as I thought... the device has just been giving me "Replace Cartridge" messages prematurely. If that happens to you, just pop the cartridge out and pop it back in (you may need to turn the device off and on in addition to doing this)....it should keep working for the rest of the allotted minutes.
The Tria is a very nice device, and quite effective in my experience--roughly as effective as a basic prescription topical, I would say. I will be updating this review once I've had more time with it, but for now I'd like to say that a) it works and b) it is way, way too expensive. I speak specifically of the cartridges, which seem to run out as fast as you can pull out another $40 from your wallet. I don't believe for a second that my cartridges have actually lasted 300 minutes apiece--I went through two of them in under a week. Granted, I was using the Tria for more than the recommended five minutes a day, but it sure wasn't 100 minutes per day. So, be warned--this isn't by any means one of those one-time investments that you never have to pay for again. Worth it? I'd say it would be if the cartridges lasted a full 60 days (although it would still be steep)...at this rate, not even close to worth it. Once my replacement cartridge comes I'll review again...hopefully my first two cartridges were faulty or something.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I just packed this nicely made machine back into it's beautiful box and will be returning it back to Bloomingdale's tomorrow. My skin is in the worst condition ever after using it for 3 1/2 weeks. After 1 1/2 weeks, I called TRIA direct to find out why it was making me breakout so badly and was told that my skin was purging and I should continue using it. The operator offered to extend the 1 month trial but since I did not buy it direct she was unable to do so. I continued to use TRIA for another 2 weeks and have now decided to give up. I don't understand why I had such a bad reaction since I fit the profile having mild/moderate acne. I used the tool as directed, splitting the 5 min. session in the morning and at night, which was very easy to do. Like I said, this is well made and easy to use but it just caused more acne for me. I hope I don't bump into anyone at the mall when returning it because my face is such a mess now:(
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I love my tria. Yes, it is really time consuming (I use it for 10 minutes at night), but it's totally worth it.
Packaging: I wish the light surface area was a little bit larger bit otherwise I can't complain. It fits in my hand well and it is large but not too large.
Price: I'm not going to lie. This thing is expensive. I got it for $300 and the set came with a cleanser and a serum. I havent used the cleanser or serum because I am pretty happy with my current skincare, at least for now. Also, it requires a cartridge to work. The cartridges are 300 minutes or 600 minutes. I think that part is kind of a rip off. I don't understand why it needs these cartridges?
Does it work?: I think it works well. It turns on when you touch it to your skin and off when you lift it off your skin. It helps my blemishes heal soo much faster. It has also helped keep my skin pretty clear. It doesn't work on blackheads, but thats ok. I'm happy enough that it works on clogged pores and pimples.
Overall: I am really happy with my purchase. If I went back, I would probably have bought a different system just because of the cartridge thing, but tria does work really well. Also, I have heard that some of the other ones burn out pretty quickly.