Home Laser Kits That Zap Zits
Keep breakouts at bay—and heal them quicker—with these acne-busting tools.
Who hasn’t woken up one morning with a monster zit? The kind that’s concealer-proof and painful to touch. You’re not alone; stars like Whitney Port, Katy Perry and Alicia Keys have to deal with them too. Instead of hiding out for a few days, or spackling on tons of makeup, you can take matters into your own hands with an at-home anti-acne device that offers quick results in the comfort of your own home. According to New York City based dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel, “If you have an occasional pimple once in awhile these devices may be useful as long as they do not burn the skin and you are careful.”
First, a quick refresher on how you got that pimple in the first place. Triggered by hormones, stress and possibly your skin-care products, your pores get clogged with dirt and oil. Then, bacteria begins to multiply which signals white blood cells to flood the area (hello, pus). This in turn causes inflammation, which is responsible for the redness and discomfort.
Clear up and prevent future break outs
Dermatologists use blue LED light to reduce acne-causing bacteria and red LED light to help heal and rejuvenate the skin.
The ANSR: Acne Care ($185, ansr.com) system consists of the cool-looking ANSR: Beam, which emits painless blue and red LED lights, plus cleanser and day and night moisturizers that help heal and prevent breakouts.
Another option for a powerful anti-acne punch is the Baby Quasar Baby Blue ($349, skinstore.com). It’s virtually indistinguishable from its doctor’s-office counterpart. Baby Blue delivers overall clearing after six weeks of two or three treatments a week (and maintenance treatments after that)—just about the same amount of time it would take to see results from blue light treatments at your dermatologist’s office.
And yet another tool to consider is the Tanda Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment ($250, sephora.com). This one also emits blue LED light to control the bacteria that causes acne, and the kit includes a cleanser and anti-blemish gel that are safe to use in conjunction with at-home light treatment.