Unlisted Brand • Zeno • Misc Beauty Tools
|Would buy this product again.||53%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I purchased this around the time it first came out which just happened to be the time that I was trying everything in my power to get rid of my acne that wouldn't go away. I was iffy about spending the $150 for it because I didn't know if it would work but I was desperate so I did. I was immediately angry that I had spent the money. It did absolutely nothing for any pimples I had not to mention that you have to sit there & hold it on to each pimple for like 3 minutes. Who the hell has time to sit there & do that? Even as badly as I wanted to get rid of my pimples, I could not sit there & do that for each one. I think this product was a complete scam for people who were desperate and just wanted to believe this was the "next best thing" that would work. At least when I spent the $150 on my Clarisonic it actually worked & was worth the money! This on the other hand, was not.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I hoped this product would really help my adult acne. It did seem to speed up the process of eruption and healing on some of my deeper cyst-like acne bumps, but overall...it's time consuming to stand there with the head in contact with the acne spot for the 2.5 minutes for so little in the way of results. I got this before it really became available in drug stores. I was glad when the replacement heads became more readily available, but I rarely use it because it's only good for certain types of pimples.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan Hair: Brunette, Coarse Eyes: Grey
This gadget is ultimately nothing more than a glorified heating compress. This did nothing but make my painful pimples feel better but did not help them go away at all.
This product is SO not worth the money, if you take the time to do the research. Apparently, the active aspect of the product is the heat. It says that the heated plate warms up the zit, which softens the skin to open up pores, allowing the skin to breathe and self-eliminate any impurities. Think about it... a hot washcloth does the same thing. WITHOUT the possible scarring and burns that some MUAers mentioned below. I tried out my theory, and guess what... a hot washcloth, used RIGHT when you detect the zit, does the exact same thing as this $250 tool. Save your money!!!
I returned this and I think this was the last product/item I bought for my acne before going to the derm and getting REAL help!! I got mine at cvs
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
DOES NOT WORK.
I can't believe I wasted so much money on this!
save yoiurself the money and frustration and buy a good spot treatment cream.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This product is best for deep, painful cystic pimples that never come to a head which I don't get very many of. My pimples are mostly around my chin area when it's that time of the month and they are generally pretty small and end up coming to a head. I have gotten a few cystic pimples lately and zeno has done absolutely nothing to speed up the healing process although it did work wonders on those deep ones at first. Now it doesn't work at all! Since this very expensive device only cleared maybe 4 pimples I don't think it's worth it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I have the Zino Mini and I bought it on Ebay for a lot less than market price. The Mini may be discontinued, Im not sure.
This works for me. I get the occasional stress pimple(s). I also dont follow the manufactures recomendations of waiting 4-5 hours between treatments. I dont see the point. I do wait at least 30min to an hour to give the heat time to work. (I am not a medical professional, I do not recomend people stray from the directions printed on the box) I have found this to work best for my skin and my acne situation.
If I catch the pimple in an early enough stage this little device can turn back time. I'll zap it a few times, 2x min 3-4 prefered, and in a few hours/half a day it will be but a memory. If I dont catch it that early and it has time to develop the ZMini will help shorten its life dramaticaly. It does this by bringing the blemishes to a head letting my skin expell all the gunk.
It is not a fool proof device. It does not work 100% 100% of the time. There have been some monster stress related zits that even God himself could not help that my ZMini had almost no effect on. I still like the portability and ease of use. It is not the cheapest acne product out there but it works for me.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I had the Zeno MINI, and assuming that since both have the same mechanism of fighting pimples, I might as well review on this product. I found that this works less than 50% of the time on any pimple break outs. Not impressed for the hype it was given. I'm glad I got it for free since I had bonus points saved up on my Optimum Card (Shoppers Drug Mart), or else I'd probably be more upset.
- clears away some pimples, (the non hormonal ones - if you can even tell the difference :S)
- portability - (only for Zeno Mini, since it uses AAA batteries)
- the other pimples it does not clear seem to scar from the heat. I actually tested it out, that if I used the Zeno, it darkens the pimple, and my skin underneath it. I only get scarred if I actually pop it, but the ones I tested out on weren't popped at all, yet left the same mark that took even longer to go away.
- lasts only a couple treatments before needing to replace the batteries :(
Overall, my skin did not improve from using this product. Never buying it again, even if the original Zeno is on clearout from $150 to $30
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Oh, Zeno. How I wanted you to be everything you claimed to be. But I have never felt like you actually got rid of any zit I had.
What Zeno did do, for what it's worth, is bring down the swelling for a while after each use. When you have a red, inflamed bump on your face and it hurts, you appreciate this. After use, the spot is (temporarily) flatter and hurts less. But the results never seemed to last, and I never felt like the "lifecycle" of the zit was reduced, either. I also sometimes get small circular burn marks on my face where I used it, but I think this is probably because my skin is extra sensitive from other medications.
Ah well. I still use it for the gratification of trying, and also because it reduces the pain/swelling where it is used, albeit temporarily. But can't in good faith tell anyone to get one.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
Read the review before mine. Is is 100% accurate. If you dont wanna read all that, then ill just make this short. This is a PIMPLE treatment. NOT an acne treatment. Dosnt work on white heads, blackheads, or red zits. You use it when one of the more medium sizes are JUST STARTING TO come in under the skin. Everyone knows putting heat on a zit makes it go down put this puts CONSISTANT, TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED, HEAT directly to the spot is much more effective. You will notice right after, the zit is flat. By the next day it comes back, but half or less of the size it was before the treatment. Your zit is gone within a few days depending on the "characteristics" of the zit and at WHAT point you did the treatment. The earlier the better.
I havnt read the reviews but i bought the mini and hot spot and toke them both back. The classic one was on sale for 60$ so i bought it. Works better.
I dont know how this could get bad reviews. I mean it works. It really and honestly works if you know when and how to use it. Is it worth the full price? Depends on how much zits bother you.
This is a product for people with the odd five-ten zits. Not fifty.
Hope this helps someone!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Black
Since 2006 I've owned the original Zeno (there are several other models, and they're all being phased out in favour of their disposable model according to the Zeno web site).
CANDIDATES FOR ZENO
It won't work on your blackheads or whiteheads. Zeno is not useful for people with clustered acne all over the face. This is best for people with one or two of the "volcano" zits: painful ones that sit deep underneath the skin and emerge slowly.
Killing bacteria with heat is a physiological response; for example: a fever (>38.5 C) is one strategy for a human's immune system to rid a systemic infection. A zit is an infected area with the cardinal signs of inflammation: warm, red, swollen, and often tender. Applying heat at the optimal and consistent temperature to your zit is like placing a localized fever to kill the bacteria. Reduce the swelling and you can reduce the pain and skin scarring that can result when inflammation damages tissues.
MORE EFFECTIVE THAN HOT SPOON COMPRESS
I find that the kitchen spoon (18/10 steel) loses heat too quickly, so it is ineffective in destroying the acne pyogenes bacteria. For heat to kill this bacteria, you must apply heat to the area for 2 minutes at 49.5 C. I used a $100 Mastercraft digital thermometer gun to measure the temperature of the spoon before applying it to my skin. Seconds after removing my spoon from hot water, the temperature decreased from 68 C to 38 C and then 27 C. I repeated this test 10 times; results were consistent. The spoon doesn't even stay body temperature for more than 20 seconds let alone stay hot enough to heat away a zit.
INTIAL SHOCK OF USE
Because human body temperature is normally 35-37 C, a 49.5 C Zeno on your face, is going to feel very hot, but it should not hurt. After 30 seconds you'll adapt. The Zeno is most effective if used AM and PM for 2-3 days in a row when you first detect that zit emerging.
Zeno original eliminates my zit most uses. If it does not rid the zit completely, it cuts the inflammation and size of zit by 50% or more. It makes the zit firmer or accelerates it through it's life cycle after the first two days; that's good because the pain is gone in a day and the zit is gone in 2-3 days. Normally it would have taken my skin a month to cycle the zit through without the Zeno. Zeno has prevented my skin from scarring by treating the inflammation.
The Zeno is expensive - looks like a cell phone and costs like a cell phone! It's price has decreased over time. In Canada, the unit was originally sold for about $250 only by dermatologists for a few years, then became more widely available (along with replacement tips) at drugstores for <$200. The tips used to be 90 count (90 uses), but when they went drugstore, they reduced the count to 60. The Zeno keeps track of each usage, so it will stop working once you've reached the maximum count for the tip.
After two years, my battery lost its "memory" of being charged. I have to leave the Zeno plugged in if I know I'm going to need it on a particular day. Apparently the Zeno Mini (released after original Zeno) has an even worse battery life and prompted the company to remove it from the market.
I agree with previous reviewers: the Zeno and other beauty products will never replace a great dermatologist. When the Zeno doesn't work on a particularly stubborn zit, or the zits come back weekly, I know I have to book a consultation with my dermatologist.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN
Sure, if they still made the Zeno original, but they do not. I could not acquire original Zeno replacement tips anymore, so the Zeno original went to the recycling depot. I tried the disposable models that do not need to be recharged (I tried three pink coloured ones), but often after 3-5 uses, they would no longer work and I would have to take them to Shoppers Drugmart for a refund.
NEXT BEST THING (CHEAPER, TOO)
Go buy yourself several palm-sized sodium acetate reusable instant heating pads. They're usually $3-4 each. There's a metal disc inside, which, when bent, it starts a thermal reaction. The sodium acetate gel crystallizes (you can observe the process) and it will get hot enough to work as a less precise Zeno for your zit. I bought 8 pads on eBay -- you can have fun and choose different cartoon characters and gel colours. Mine are penguins. They stay hot for hours, then turn cold and rock hard and you must reset them by boiling in water for about 10 minutes. After I use up all 8, I take them to the kitchen and reboil them. That's the only tedious part.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
This review is on the new Zeno products that has a flat top. The packaging looks the same as depicted in above and it comes with an acne medication. So the requirement is that you have to apply a thin layer of the medication and then use Zeno on top. Okay, so granted, it warms up the area and you would think it is killing the bacterias.... Well, it does not. The medication is a killer for sensitive eyes because although I applied the medication far from my eyes, my eyes were watery and teary for hours after usage. You have to leave the medication on after using the actual Zeno on top and that was so uncomfortable. The worst thing is that even after the process and dealing with the allergies, it did not nothing to my pimples. It did not even make them smaller. Maybe, it made them shinier but other than that nothing. Not recommended.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
After reading about it in multiple beauty magazines, I decided to try the new Zeno Hotspot device. For those who don't know, Zeno is a device marketed as a spot treatment for Acne. The website claims: "In just one 2 ˝ minute treatment, ZENO HOT SPOT gently warms your pimple enough to destroy the acne-causing bacteria inside. You’ll see a difference within one hour, and the blemish will be gone much more quickly than with traditional acne-clearing methods. On top of that, there's no drying or chemicals and it's 100% natural."
I'd seen the device at Wal-Mart, Target and Ulta, and Avon recently began carrying a version made specially for Avon. The devices range in price from $60--$130.00, with the less expensive versions being limited use. For example, the one I got is good for 110 uses before it stops working. The more expensive versions having the option to replace the tip after it wears out for $25/per tip, and each tip is good for 60 uses. Keep in mind that some pimples require multiple treatments.
Anyhow, so I ordered my Zeno and when it came in the first thing I did was read ALL of the instructions. The first thing that was troubling was the "types" of Acne that Zeno does NOT treat.
"ZENO is for people with mild to moderate inflammatory acne, also called pimples, blemishes, zits and spots. It does not work on blackheads, whiteheads and the severe form of acne called cystic acne."
It goes on to say that Zeno does not work on "inflamed, red pimples and pustules (visible accumulation of pus in the skin) with several deep nodular lesions (solid mass of skin like a knot that can be raised or felt under the skin). Does not work on subclinical acne, comedonal acne, nodular acne or cystic acne.
The instructions state that it works on "several or many inflamed pimples, known as 'mild or moderate breakouts'."
So, since I have been to the dermatologist and I know that I experience multiple types of acne I decide to try the Zeno on *every* blemish I get, just to see if it works on any of them.
I tried it on a few small red bumps with a little bit of pus under the skin, and after 2 treatments in 24 hours I saw NO improvement.
I tried it on a large red bump with a blackhead, and after 2 treatments in 24 hours I saw NO improvement.
I tried it on a small red bump that did not come to any head, and after 3 treatments in 24 hours I saw NO improvement.
Finally, after 3 weeks of having the device I thought I had struck Zit gold. I got a type pimple that I RARELY get... the kind that is red and inflamed and hurts like a mother, but never surfaces. I thought that this *must* be the type of acne that it worked on. But I was WRONG! After 3 treatments in 24 hours I saw NO improvement.
But it gets better... not only did I not see any improvement, but it seemed like the blemish got worse. Much worse. In fact, I've had this mini-mountain on my chin for over a week now, which is much longer than any of these little guys usually stick around.
So, 3 weeks, 8 zits, and much disappointment later I have decided to return the Zeno under the 30-day money back guarantee.
For the record, I have suffered from acne since I was about 16 years old. Now at 26 I still get about 5-10 noticeable blemishes per month. I have been to the dermatologist multiple times. I have tried antibiotics (which I can't use because it affects my birth control), Differin gel, and numerous over-the-counter washes and masks.
When I was 19 I started using Pro-Active and although it cleared up 95% of my acne, including all the tiny comedo acne that I had around my hairline. I still have a few breakouts here and there - especially around that time of the month. By no means do I suffer from severe acne - just 5-10 pimples here and there per month.
Zeno was my biggest beauty bust of 2010, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Tried this on a cyst that was brewing. Three different times spaced throughut the day. First thing in the morning, after my afternoon tea and right before bed. Got up to see or in this case, did not see anything anywhere. The cyst died. I believe the tool can be helpful for things that are brewing and not full blown acne. Few days later I felt two more trying to rear their ugly heads and I zapped them again. Spaced them out and did not put anything on them to speed things along. I was very curious. Got up and found one half way down, no pain and no redness, on it's way out. The other, the one that was less troublesome, was bigger and just begging to be squeezed. I think Zeno sped the life span of that zit. I had no expectations with this overpriced device, but I have to admit I became intrigued and even more curious. Got mine on a loan for a week or so and I'm tempted to buy one for further analysis. I will experiment on my teenage daughters maybe. Wonder what factor skin types and skin issues play here? Definitely worth trying it out.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Oily, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
The Zeno pen was good, but not great. I bought mine about a year ago and used it religiously for about 3 months. It worked pretty well on my zits, but I spent SO MUCH MONEY on replacing the tips!
I finally gave up on the thing and sold it on Ebay because I couldn't spend $50 per month on tips. Then, for my birthday, I got the Klima Magic Wand. It is basically the same thing as the Zeno, except it also has blue light to kill bacteria -along with the heat - and it has a PERMANENT TIP!! I have been using it for about 6 months and I would have to say it works a little better than Zeno, and there are no other costs aside from purchasing it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I have the ZENO hot spot clearing device (I added an updated picture). I really can't tell if this does anything or not. Sometimes it appears to clear up blemishes quickly, sometimes I swear it makes them more irritated (especially the larger bumps). If this were cheaper, I may continue to buy it. But for $35 bucks it just doesn't seem worth it. I've found applying a small dab of tea tree oil over the blemish at night works far better.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
--It can reduce the swelling and inflammation, and in some cases it can even help bring the situation to a head (though really, it's all relative to the pimple and pimples are not all the same--even if they're the same type, some of them will just come at you harder than others!).
---It can be more convenient (more targeted) than using say, a hot washcloth compress.
--it's expensive and only offers limited use. Personally, I think it's a rip-off...
--it only helps with the Big Ones--like those monthly hormonal zits.
--depending on the model this device can be noisy and conspicuous (i own the pink "hot spot" and it's loud!). Every time this stupid thing beeps, I'm reminded of how stupid I am for for buying it, so I find it somewhat embarrassing...
-- you have to closely monitor the placement of this device when you're using it (i always had to use it in front of a mirror, and I found that very inconvenient).
Before you buy it consider this:
This gadget is ultimately nothing more than a glorified heating compress---see below for an alternative method I've developed that works just as good if not better. I gave it 2 stars 'cause technically, it can help. Because of it's targeted size and the steady heat it sometimes delivers (I've noticed the temp can vary on my device) it works better than a washcloth, but it's not doing anything more than heating up, so there's no secret science at work here. It's also not going to end your pimple.
Another thing is, I've noticed through other reviews and my own usage that this device doesn't seem to have a great track record with it's usage count or it's overall performance. For instance, I know for a fact that I've used mine no more than 10 times, yet the device has already miscounted this as 20! And as mentioned before it gets hotter sometimes than others so i don't consider it very reliable.
For those of you who don't have $40 to throw away on a glorified hot compress here's a good alternative:
1. Disinfect a smooth metal spoon.
2. Hold the spoon under running hot water and wait for the spoon to get hot.
*Keep in mind that when it actually decides to work, the Zeno tends to heat up to a temp that is just short of burning (which would account for people's complaints of it hurting--though in my opinion it doesn't hurt at all), so you should be aiming for HOT rather than warm.
3. ALWAYS test the spoon on your wrist for MORE THAN 2 seconds before placing it on your face. If you cant hold that spoon on your wrist for longer than 2 seconds it's still way too hot! Burning yourself would be counterintuitive, so it's better to be cautious than not.
4. Wipe it dry (with a clean towel, please) and gently press the heated spoon into your blemish. Obviously, you'll want to position it as advantageously as possible, but you'll find that most spoons are actually perfectly suited to this (better suited, in my opinion, than the Zeno).
*Applying a little pressure will ensure that your getting the whole area covered (especially if that sucker is deep seated!).
5. As soon as the spoon has started to cool down (generally, you have no longer than two mins), repeat the whole process over again. Keep in mind that this should feel good, and that you should notice a reduction in the swelling within the first couple passes. The redness this can give you will fade within an hour, just like with a zeno.
*The Zeno is supposed deliver a steady heat over about the span of 3 minutes, so you can use this time span as a reference.
I prefer to do the spoon method with a candle instead of the sink (which can obviously be dangerous if you're not careful), i could say it's 'cause I want to save H20, but really, it's 'cause I like to do this while I'm vegging out in front of the TV or reading. Sometimes, if the situation calls for it and I have the time and inclination, I'll do this for as long as 20 minutes, or sometimes 4 or 5 times a day (yes, I am currently unemployed...)
Even just 5 minutes seems to work wonders for the swelling, but keep in mind, while this method works just as good, if not better than the stupid Zeno, it doesn't get rid of zits either--:( And it's still only good for the Big Ones.
And not to sound all preachy, but if you are constantly struggling with acne I would suggest antibiotics (which worked wonders for me) or possibly birth control for out of control hormonal acne. Even just making the effort to go to the doctor or to maybe switch doctors, will help you feel more in control. You don't have to feel powerless.
Update: OMG!!! I recently discovered an even better alternative that some may already know: Nothing--and I mean NOTHING--seems to work better at kicking a swollen zits ass than Naproxen Sodium!!! Seriously, when it gets to the point that you are actually dreading emerging from your house it's time to break out the big guns: Just take 1-2 tablets of NPS (I'm small and sometimes 2 is just too much for me) before you're going anywhere--and remember to keep taking it if you are staying out. You will forget you even had that monster zit...right up until it comes back when the NP wears off (and yes, it will seem bigger since you forgot about it).
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I bought this product at a moment of desperation 3 years ago after several years of a progressively worse adult acne nightmare. My skin had become so sensitized from all the products and peels that I had tried that it was red and I couldn't go out without makeup....well, I went to a dermatologist who literally yelled at me for having been so harsh on my skin and told me to use a mild cleanser and a prescription topical corticosteroid to get the irritation down and we could address my acne after that....All nice and well, but what could I do about the breakouts in the meantime? Desperately browsing the CVS shelves for a mild cleanser I saw the Zeno and decided to shell out the $$$ and get it....I didn't think it would do anything, but boy was I wrong. It is not a miracle worker and nothing really is, but when I use it on the pimples I feel are coming out (and those are the ones I mainly have, the ones under the skin that have a little bump and hurt) it makes them either go away fast or get ready for a cosmetologist to extract. I am so happy with it, that when I though I lost it I ordered another one the very same day. Don't expect miracles, but at the price of 1.5 facials, can it really go wrong?
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I love this tool its amazing!!!!! it works very well on those zits you can feel coming on, defiantly worth every penny, it doesnt work 100 percent of the time sometimes there are zits that are just far to strong and will show anyways but for the most part this works on 95 percent of them, only sucks though cause you hope you're home when you feel one coming on cause it works the best when you first feel it coming up, not after its already there.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I got my zeno as a last ditch effort by my mom, to help me clear up my skin. To begin with, this is not something you buy on a whim. The device itself is pretty expensive, and the replacement tips are fairly pricey too. If you have a lot of big breakouts regularly, I would not suggest this product to you, since it does take time for each zeno treatment cycle, and you will burn through replacement tips like crazy. However, if you're looking to treat the more than occasional blemish on your skin, this is probably better for you.
When I started using this device, I broke out pretty regularly, but it was nowhere as bad as it was before (yay for improved skincare routines!). So, I used it twice a day on the blemishes all over my face. It does involve a little bit of pain and getting used to, since it's a fairly hot piece of metal touching your skin. Immediately after each treatment cycle, my blemishes looked red and were sensitive to touch. But, I'd notice that a few hours later, the redness was gone (or at least the redness added by the zeno) and the blemish was a bit smaller.
Now, I use the zeno when I feel a zit coming, or for the occasional ones that pop up. It is fairly effective in shortening the time a blemish is on my face, but it doesn't really get rid of the acne for me.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
This works okay for small surface blemishes, but it has an incredibly high per/use cost. They designed the tips to have a very limited number of uses for "safety" reasons, and refills are very pricey. I found that treating each blemish cost about $1, and didn't even clear it up completely. Thermaclear is soooooo much better--much more powerful, plus no bull&#*$ to make you spend a lot extra.