Get Rid of Acne with Hand-held Devices

Celebrity, Mandy Moore endorsed ProActiv acne treatment
Celebrity, Mandy Moore endorsed ProActiv acne treatment

Is acne dragging you down? Your face is a showcase of zits, pimples, bumps or red humps? Whatever pet names they have been referred to—acne can wreck more than your otherwise beautiful face. It steals your self-esteem and ruins your personal appearance. Acne is a common problem—according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40 to 50 million Americans have some forms of acne. If you’re a teenager, your chance increases many folds, thanks to the production of androgens, a hormone plentiful during adolescence. 80 percent of adolescents grapple with acne.

Where do most acne-sufferers turn to for help? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Americans spend more than $1.2 billion each year on acne treatments with medical help being the most common used option to tame acne. Most people have used common over-the-counter topicals such as Neutrogena acne wash treatments, Clearasil, ProActiv (sold mainly through subscription) and Burt’s Bees new range of acne treatment products.  These may work with varying degrees but for some, acne can be stubborn and difficult.  In addition, there is always the concern of the overuse of antibiotics, long-term antibiotic use, and the potential side effects of medications. If you’re looking for alternative treatment, New York Times reported the growing popularity of hand-held acne devices, kind of like your mini-home treatments equivalent to professional devices used by dermatologists.

What are they and do they work? While I’m not a dermatologist, I’ve a keen interest in anything that promotes beauty. I’ve researched some held-held acne devices that are being marketed right now and some expert advices as to whether they work.

Hand-held acne devices use advanced light and heat technologies to target acne to prevent flare-ups and banish existing ones. Most use red-and -green light technologies, similar to blue- and- red light technologies to kill bacteria and promote healing of lesions. According to some experts, such intense pulsed light technology emits a broad spectrum of light that can penetrate skin more deeply and be used to treat a number of skin imperfections, including wrinkles and a persistent red complexion.

Dr. Neil Sadick, a dermatologist in Manhatten, revealed in a paper published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology that phototherapy destroyed propionbacterium acnes, the slow growing bacteria associated with acne. When exposed to laser and light sources, these bacteria burst and become destroyed. In the study cited, patients used Omnilux Clear-U blue-and-red-light therapies and their acne lesions diminished by 69 percent after an 8-week long treatment.

The American Academy of Dermatology also pointed out another advantage of such treatments: light and heat treatments destroy and shrink oil glands, where acne bacteria live.  The result? The structure of the skin is changed, leading to less oil production, and happily less acne flare-ups.

However, Dr. Sadick cautioned that such treatments are most effective when used in conjunction with other acne treatments and should be used as a “maintenance” measure between doctor visits.

Having said that, what are some of the hand-held devices that are slated to represent one of the top three categories of home-used aesthetic devices sold global y according to Michael Moretti, an analyst and founder of Medical Insight?

Zeno Ace Pro-Cleaning Device
Zeno Ace Pro-Cleaning Device

Zeno Pro-Acne Cleaning Device

This device uses thermal technology and has been on the market for about 4 years. Hand-held, battery-operated and approved by the FDA, Zeno works best when you first notice signs of new pimples. Clinically proven to fade pimples within 24 hours.

Product Features:

  • Clinically proven
  • Dermatologist recommended
  • 90 percent of the blemishes treated fade or disappear within 24 hours, according to clinical trials.

Tanda Clear Acne Light Therapy System
Tanda Clear Acne Light Therapy System

Tanda Light Therapy Skincare System

Tanda system uses the science of light therapy to kill acne-causing bacteria and stimulates collagen production in the skin.  It is based on more than 30 years of clinical use and is the first device licensed by Health Canada.

Product Features:

  • Helps to cure existing blemishes and prevent further acne breakouts before they start
  • Accelerates healing to reduce chance of scarring and to minimize the signs of aging
  • Healthy acne-free skin in only minutes a day.

No!No! Acne Treatment System
No!No! Acne Treatment System

No!no! Acne Treatment System

Small and light-weight, this handy gadget uses Light and Heat Energy (LHE) to eliminate pimples at their source. It is clinically proven to be effective and promises n o scarring or burning. Just skin over a pimple, push button for 10 seconds and enjoy clearer skin as a result.

Product Features:

  • Safe and easy to use
  • Completely painless
  • Safe on all skin types and colors
  • Completely rechargeable and fully featured
  • Fully CE MDD certified and approved

CLARO Acne Clearing Device
CLARO Acne Clearing Device

CLARO

CLARO uses both heat and light to target and clear acne fast. It uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), a powerful combination of heat and light to treat mild to moderate acne fast by delivering a series of light pulses in 6 seconds to safely penetrate skin for more effective results. Clinical studies have shown that IPL treatments are comparable if not more effective than prescription antibiotics.

Product Features:

  • FDA cleared
  • Fast and Effective (6 seconds per treatment)
  • Painless
  • Portable, battery-operated and rechargeable

If you’re still in the dark regarding the various light technologies used, here’s the scoop:

Blue Light (400 to 430 nm) helps to stimulate the production of oxygen which attacks the bacteria that causes the acne in the first place.

Red Light (600 nm) combines with heat to soothe inflammation, redness and soreness of each pimple, speeds up the skin’s natural healing process.

Infra-Red Energy (700 nm) generates heat to kill the acne bacteria and increases the effectiveness of blue light.

So, if you’re struggling with stubborn acne or you’re frustrated with your existing acne control routine, try one of these handy hand-held acne busters.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Wow, anginwu! I read several hubs on acne and this is by far the most complete, comprehensive, and informative of them all! I don't have an acne problem myself, but I do like leanrning about it. I had no idea that there was so much technology in eradicating acne. I hope this brings you traffic and clicks ;) Thanks for sharing this!

BTW, I met Mandy Moore in person! She's really one of the better celebs!


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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Wow, you actually met her--how lucky! Donh, I greatly appreciate your support and value your comments. I don't have an acne problem too (touch wood--since it can happen at any age) but I do know of people who struggle with it.

As for traffic and clicks, I'm trying to learn from you--import pictures of beautiful women. Your hubs always do well. I wish I have a fraction of your ability to generate traffic.

Thanks again.


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sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

IS "ance" on purpose? it still can be corrected in the title Its a great article, the little tweaks will help it get read more *delete this comment*


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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

sunforged, thanks--an oversight that so glaring, I wonder why I didn't pick it up when I was editing. That goes to show that maybe, I need an eye-exam?


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PerfumeFan 7 years ago from New Jersey

I saw an article at the NYT featuring on of these acne wand. Do these stuff really work?


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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

PerfumeFan, thanks for dropping by. These gadgets work to a certain degree. It also depends on the severity of the acne problem--some gadgets may work better than others. The reviews are mixed and experts are divided on this issue as well but the general consensus is that they do some degree of good.

Thanks again for your comment.


Coutney 7 years ago

I've started using the Zeno a few years ago and was pleased with the results, however I've recently switched to the CLARO and I'm really excited by what I see. The CLARO works faster, better and I don't need to keep spending money on replacement tips!


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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Coutney, glad to hear that CLARO is working for you. It's good endorsement from one who has actually used it. Thank you so much for commenting.


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

nice hub, don't have acne and your recommendations are good, I have heard of No No, thanks for the emphasis too, Maita


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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

prettydarkhouse, thank you for dropping by. Appreciate your comments.


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

You did a great article here aginwu, with good details on the different machines. I have previously examined this 'electrical healing process' for acne and there seems to be a lot of good results from using them. Thanks for your compilation of it all!


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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

frogfish, good to see u again. Yes, there seem to a lot of positive reviews on these gadgets. Thanks for dropping by.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

This is so comprehensive and so informative anginwu. Excellent Hub! Although my acne days are long gone I can certainly forward this information to others still searching for a cure. Thumbs up and shared!


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Green Lotus, for your kind comments. I love the name, Green Lotus, and congrats on making it to top 10.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Oh congratulations to you too on your win!


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Green Lotus, thank you so much.

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