Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light
The Tria ($245, triabeauty.com) is a blue light handheld device designed to reduce acne breakouts by eliminating the bacteria deep within the skin. “Blue light has several benefits in the treatment of acne,” says Dr. Karen. “Acne-causing bacteria are very sensitive to blue light. Specifically, the acne causing bacteria, P. acnes, produces light-sensitive porphyrins which selectively absorb blue light. Therefore, when blue light illuminates the skin, the porphyrins get activated leading to rapid and selective destruction of the bacteria.”
What Our Tester Says
“For the past month, I’ve been using the device five minutes daily in the evening. After cleansing, I touch the illuminated end to skin and glide all around my face, focusing on my chin since that’s where most of my blemishes form. Since using the treatement, I’ve experienced fewer breakouts, but the problem didn’t disappear completely.”
What The Derm Says
Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank of the 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center explains that the Tria is a very mild treatment, so to see results would require continuous use.