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Works even on heavy breakouts; The professional way to cure acne...a comparison to the Ansr beam
on February 25, 2012
2nd update: Note: Cystic acne is a different kind of pimple that never surfaces; this isn't made to treat cystic acne...just the regular common kind of acne breakouts This WILL effectively treat acne caused by anything on the surface of the skin such as sensitivity to products or from dead skin, any bacteria below the surface, hormonal, or due to food reactions. Cystic acne is large cysts that cannot be broken from the surface and never surface or "pop" and are exceptionally painful because of it. Some who have cystic acne say blue light therapy does work anyway but the instant results you get with this for common acne will likely not be as a amazing for you if you have cystic acne because this cannot bring the clogged pores or bacteria to the surface.
I will note that if I eat too much chocolate or lots of sugar I can have severe acne and because I learned the connection, I never do that. However, just to test this out on severe breakouts, I did just that this week... It cleared up a severe breakout overnight that was not just "a zit" but lots of them over many areas. Looked in the mirror in horror at night, Used this over my face one time, twice in a couple areas, BAM...woke up, and my skin was perfect again. Because of the large head I can do my entire face in little time. I simply have no breakouts anymore because I zap them instantly. My face responds wonderfully well to this. When the manual says about 4 weeks to a cure, (it doesn't mean it takes a full month to see any results. That would be silly. No blemish I've ever had hangs around for a full month. It means it takes a month until your face stops breaking out as it did and your skin has renewed itself and is totally clear) However, as far as clearing up individual spots, mine are gone in 2 zaps at most, often one zap.
YAY REPLACEMENT HEADS!!!
My favorite thing is that you can replace the head of this one whereas most blue light wands make you buy a whole new UNIT after 600 uses which is crazy expensive. If you don't replace the heads after about 600 uses, any blue light want won't work as well, Bulbs dim, just like in tanning salons. Just because they are still on, doesn't mean they work so being able to replace it is WONDERFUL.My ANSR also ran out of effectiveness after 600 uses, but you couldn't replace the head so you had to buy a whole new unit. While you won't need to use these daily after a few weeks when your face is clear, that still is an unneeded expense. It's way more affordable to just buy a new head and keep using the wand for years and years.
1st update:I thought I would update my review as I"m simply wowed by this little gadget. I originally mentioned in my review that it said you can treat the same area 3 times per day as needed. I simply haven't had to any more. I put the wand head on any area that is breaking out, hold it there for three minutes, and the NEXT DAY my face is flawless. Sometimes just hours later. My skin responds incredibly well to this one and I"ve, consequently, never had better skin in my life! In fact, I wake up with tight skin--which is not typically a feeling in one's 40s. I've had overly sensitive skin my whole life and this is, frankly something I'll never go without now. I had hundreds of dollars of creams in my cabinet I had to keep buying to keep my skin where I wanted it to be but even then they often took too long to work or worked sometimes. This zaps and creates an instant flawless effect. Unlike my prescription creams that cost over $100 per TUBE and are gone in a month. Best skin I've ever had in my life...flawless both on the surface and beneath.
THE MEDICAL FACTS; HOW IT WORKS:
I thought I would start my review with an article from the Mayo Clinic, the center for the top medical studies:
Acne treatments: Emerging therapies for clearer skin
New acne treatments -- such as blue light therapy may be an effective option more powerful than traditional therapy
Most laser- and light-based therapies reach the deeper layers of skin without harming the skin's surface. Laser systems are thought to damage the oil (sebaceous) glands, causing them to produce less oil and target Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), the bacterium that causes acne inflammation. These therapies can also improve skin texture and lessen the appearance of scars, so they may be good treatment choices for people with both active acne and acne scars.
Blue light therapy. Exposing the skin to a low-intensity blue light source is believed to destroy P. acnes. This painless procedure is usually done through a series of sessions. P. acnes multiplies rapidly, however, so ongoing treatment is necessary for best results. Possible side effects of blue light therapy include temporary redness and dryness in the treated areas.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH LIGHT THERAPY:
Okay, now on to my own review now that you know the medical reason for using blue light therapy:
Several months ago I bought and reviewed the ANSR beam (and gave it 5 stars) after finding out about blue light therapy. This is the most popular method of zapping acne-prone skin regardless of your age and getting truly glowing skin. While light therapy may seem like a gimmick, all you need to do is google it...It scientifically proven as the blue light kills bacteria not just on your skin, but beneath it as well. This means you don't just medicate acne that you already have, but you prevent any from ever forming.
Because I work out and sweat a lot and have sensitive skin, I have always had to stay on top of skin care or I have breakouts. I kept it under control in the past by spending over $100 a month on Retin-A in order to have perfect skin. Then I learned about doctors using blue light therapy as the newest, and better treatment.
For me, I had results the very first time I used it (see my review on the ANSR beam when I bought that) and when I use it daily, not only do I never see any blemish, it cures ruddiness and bumps under the skin so it's perfectly smooth.
I thought ANSR was the best thing on the planet.
Then I got this one.
Stop the presses.
This is FAR MORE like the professional ones a dermatologist uses. Why? My ANSR blue light therapy has 2 blue lights. TWO. This means that it took over 30 minutes morning and night to draw it over my face and I often realized I wasn't holding it correctly (you can't tell if it moves in your hand) and the blue light wasn't on my skin at all. It doesn't come with the eye protectors because those two lights are pretty darn dim. Still, even so, it was the best thing I'd found for treating blemishes and if you look through my reviews you can see I have tried everything there is because I hate it when I have a really sweaty workout week and see my skin react because of it.
Using blue light therapy was the first thing in decades to cure my blemish prone skin.
WHAT MAKES THIS ONE DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHERS:
So what's different about this one?
1. 50 TIMES STRONGER TONS of blue lights...I mean, about FIFTY blue lights as compared to the two on the ANSR blue light therapy beam.
And they are stronger so I do recommend the eye gear.
2.. BETTER BATTERY LIFE Also my battery ran down far more easily on the ANSR beam than it does on this one. Anyone who complains about battery life hasn't used a blue light wand before. Due to the power needed, they all need recharging after about 6 uses BUT, unlike most on the market, this comes with a long cord you can plug directly into the wall socket OR you can recharge it on the stand. You actually NEVER have to recharge it if you don't want to. I think those who don't read this part of the directions wouldn't understand this. It looks like you have to plug the unit into the charging base when in reality you have the option to also plug the unit directly in. No recharging ever. No need to worry about battery life.
3. REPLACEABLE HEADS Better still for this one, once the blue lights die out on the ANSR, it's just done...I expect you'd have to buy another one. Now that is expensive! This one has replaceable heads and it tells you how many treatments are left on it each time you use it. This keeps the power strong and your skin flawless. If you have ever been to a tanning salon they will suggest you tan for less time whenever they replace the bulbs because they are far stronger. This is why you want a rechargeable head...otherwise it just stops working as well.
So how did I test it? I stopped using the ANSR and did a workout that was extra sweaty (the Insanity DVD...killer workout) then I refrained from washing my face right after with soap, but just splashed it clean with water. I knew with my sensitive skin that would do it...and sure enough, it started to break out.
Now, I should say that it normally takes 4 weeks for blue light therapy to get everything that is deep in your pores out. This can mean you'll see blemishes come to the surface because it's getting rid of everything below the surface. After that, keep using it and you just won't have breakouts. But this, the first night, cleared up my blemishes. It did it far better and faster than my ANSR as it was just deeper. You REALLY feel the tingles when it's been on the same area for 3 minutes. Like the ANSR it says you should use this daily, (my instructions appear to be different from the other reviewer's but the fold out card say says use it on one area of the face for three minutes, then move it to the next area for three minutes and so on and you can use it three times a day in this manner. I use it twice daily personally initially then just once daily or spot rreatment.
4. LESS TIME COMMITMENT SO YOU ARE LIKELY TO USE IT MORE OFTEN But here is the bonus...because my other blue light therapy wand only has 2 small bulbs I often just couldn't find the time to use it when I wanted to unless I sat down to watch TV and ran it over my face because you dont want to just run blue light therapy all over, you want to start with a small area, and slowly move it back and forth. This kills everything below the surface. When the head of the therapy wand is that small, and even when it becomes more dim because the heads on the ANSR can't be replaced, then it just took FOREVER to work. This, with the large head all full of bulbs, did more in far less time. And you don't have to move it all around because the head is large enough, you can just apply it to one spot. When it beeps it tells you your three minute treatment time is up and you can move it to another spot if needed if you have breakouts in another area. Finally, it's do-able and not the longest chore ever to use it.
Charge it for 12 hours the day you get it prior to using it as per instructions...be patient..as I said, it can take several treatments before everything clears out of your skin, but after one month you should have flawless skin from then on because it kills not just what is on the surface like every other treatment does, it kills everything below it so you have perfectly smooth and flawless skin.
In fact, blue light therapy is the only thing that allows me to skip foundation for the first time in my life.
I gave away my ANSR beam...never thought I'd say that. That is more like a home remedy kit and this is exactly like what my dermatologist uses...stronger, bigger, more powerful and boy does it work!
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MAKING IT 'START': This detects contact with your skin and starts working. If you don't read this part of the directions, which I didn't at first, I thought the unit was defective and would not turn on. It turns out, in order to save battery life, it IS on when you hear that first beep. Then place it where you want to on your skin and only then will it turn on. Plus that saves your eyes if you aren't wearing the goggles as you don't ever have to look at the blue light. Problem is, if you don't read this part of the directions and you are used to other wands, it won't make much sense and will appear to be defective.
I no longer have a jar full of expensive creams and soaps
No more dry skin from treatments causing wrinkles just to cure one one blemish; this has no ill effect on the rest of the skin--just makes all my pores look smaller
If you are currently using Retin-A or any other medication making you sensitive to sunlight, you'll want to stop prior to using this. A benefit is this is the same light therapy used to cure depression during winter time as it's like natural sunlight, but that also means you'll get a bit of a burn that may look like a rash if you are using any medications that tell you to stay out of the sun as it is light therapy.
Other things I've tried and reviewed on Amazon: Clarisonic and Nutrosonic (great for clearing dead skin for me but did not clear acne as well due to not killing the bacteria beneath the skin, better for topical) End-zit: excellent drying cream you can put on, clears it up pretty quickly, salicylic acid 40%: a peel that will help peel off the top layer. Which one works the best? This blue light therapy did for me.
ONE HEAD SHOULD LAST YOU AT LEAST A COUPLE OF YEARS AND YOU LIKELY WILL NEVER CHANGE THE BATTERY:
Changing the head: You get 600 uses out of this before you need to replace the head, so if you used it twice a day every other day (and after its initial use you shouldn't need to, unlike washes and scrubbers etc that clean your skin's surface, this kills what's below it so once you clear everything out, you should easily maintain totally pure skin) you'd still get over a year and a half on ONE head. You shouldn't need to change the battery ever because it has a plug in cord that not only plugs into its stand so you can recharge each time (I charged it, per instructions, for 12 hours prior to using it the first time and away from the stand not being charged again it has lasted a week without recharging, being used several times per day for me) but it also has a power cord you can plug directly into the wand so that this shouldn't cost you much over time to maintain--30 bucks or less every 1.5 years after the initial purchase (right now replacement heads are $30; and they will likely go down I'm guessing but for 1.5 years of use, that's nothing) and that's if you use it really often...
Bottom line: When I love something I am a raving fan. When I hate something I am equally as loud. I have no ties to this company but I'm totally obsessed with this wand because it changed my life. I go makeup free ALL the time now. I know models use blue light to keep their skin perfect...I've tried 3 systems now and professional dermatologist blue light and this is the best one for me...convenience, keeps it's strength with the replacement heads, can plug directly into the wall socket, so battery is of no concern, the size means I can do my whole cheek in one zap, and the number of bulbs means it is 50 times stronger so it clears everything usually in one zap, no matter how severe the breakout.
Raving. Fan. Lifechanger.