Posted September 17, 2012 by Hilary Kennedy in Beauty

Lighten Up: How to Have Clear Skin All the Time


uggy, humid weather does a number on my skin.  It’s as if it forms a film of yuck on top of my make-up, creating super shine, clogging my pores, and resulting in unsightly blemishes.  With my work, going without make-up isn’t an option, so I have two choices:

1. Wear makeup=have blemishes.

2. Wear makeup= try alternatives to keep blemishes at bay.

I decided the latter would be the best choice if I want to keep any sort of social existence and deviate from heavy, cakey make-up to hide said blemishes.  (Which in turn clogs my pores further. Vicious cycle, no?) I’ve used creams and cleansers to zap blemishes in the past, which did a fair job of keeping my skin clean and clear.  But what I was really looking for was a device that could zap bacteria before it even started to form a pimple.  That’s when I read about blue light therapy-it uses non-UV light to eliminate acne-causing bacteria deep within the skin. The result: clear, smooth skin with fewer blemishes, clogged pores, pimples and shriek-inducing breakouts.

I’d seen Tria products in magazines and on television, so I figured trying a brand I’m familiar with was the way to go.  According to the Tria website, “The Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light treats the very source of acne—bacteria (P. acnes) living in the pores. When blue light strikes the acne bacteria cells it kills them, without affecting the surrounding tissue.”  Cleared by the FDA, this product has great online reviews (I saw 154!) and several doctors recommend it for home use, so I was glad to know it was safe to try.  After a particularly rough week filled with heavy make-up, quite a bit of facial perspiration, and inadvertent facial touching, my skin was in desperate need of the Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light.  I could see small bumps beginning to form on my chin, around my lower cheeks, and jawline.  With consistent use after my nightly cleansing and moisturizing routine, this product actually diminished the red, growing bumps that had started to form.  Instead of waking up with swollen, painful tissue where the blemishes were, I found each bump became smaller and smaller…. until there was nothing there. That’s an amazing feat for such a little device!

The blue light therapy really does work….and though you may have to save up a bit to afford it, there’s nothing like saving yourself a trip to the dermatologist’s office and taking care of business at home.  Verdict?  This should be a part of your skincare ritual if you suffer from blemishes and acne.  Why waste money on more creams and cleansers?  One device holds enough power to kick start beautiful skin again, and that’s enough to get me to “lighten up”.


Hilary Kennedy

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Hilary Kennedy is a contributing author for YouPlusStyle, focusing primarily on Style, Arts and Entertainment, and Dating and Relationships. Hilary also stars in many videos for YouPlusMedia.