Let's face it, we all have had a pimple at one point or another; and not only is it annoying- but at times can be painful and embarrassing. I personally have had a pimple or two but cannot imagine the anguish some people feel from constantly having it take over their bodies or face.
Everytime I felt a pimple may pop up on my face, I sprung into action and applied either Zapzyt which has 10% Benzoyl Peroxide, or Bye Bye Blemish which uses a safe amount of sulfur to dry up the pimple. Zapzyt worked for me for awhile, then just stopped working altogether; Bye Bye Blemish is off and on for me, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but the one thing I really hate about it is how dry it makes one area of my face feel which is the spot of the annoying pimple!
About a month ago, I had the opportunity to try out Thermaclear, which is a Heat Enabled Acne Treatment device that uses heat to target those stubborn pimples causing the pimple-causing bacteria to disintegrate right at the source (imagine heat creating lots of steam out of an object that it eventually shrinks down in size). It retails for a whopping $149.95 on Sephora.com
ThermaClear is a battery-operated device that uses "Thermal Pulse Technology" depicted by the blue light, you turn it on, let it charge (and flash) for about 10 seconds, once the light is steady, gently place the applicator tip (which is like a thin layer of plastic but looks like foil) on the affected area, you do not have to apply a lot of pressure, and just press the big white button, you will then hear a beep and feel a "slight sting". Your treatment is done, the entire process is very easy and takes very little time, you can also repeat it up to 3 times a day depending on your preference.
What the site says:
What it is:
A heat-enabled blemish clearing skincare tool for mild to moderate acne.
What it does:
The Thermaclear Heat Enabled Acne Treatment treats in seconds, clears in days. The easy to use handheld ThermaClear device delivers a safe, controlled burst of heat that neutralizes pimple-causing bacteria at the source. It's clinically proven to be safe and effective, clearing pimples up to 4 times faster than those not treated with ThermaClear. Simply apply to each pimple as you notice it forming. And the best part? Treatment time is only 2 seconds per pimple.
Product: 3 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
I must admit when I first received it, I was really excited to see what it was about. I heard about Zeno before, yet never really paid any attention to it, so it was nice to know the "competition". It was hard for me to test this product out because at the time I received it, I didn't have a pimple, so I had to wait awhile to get one, LOL. And when I finally did, here were the results...
PROS: I did notice a slight shrinkage in size of a pimple I had on my head (underneath all my hair), not a HUGE difference (sorry I didn't take a pic, there was really nothing to show as there was no visible comparison), and the pain sensitivity of the pimple has gone down as well. ThermaClear is a lot faster and easier to use than the Zeno as it only takes 2 seconds per treatment as oppose to the Zeno which takes about two and a half minutes.
CONS: I have sensitive skin, so the more I feel heat and pain. And it feels like a "pinprick" almost, it's a really fast 'jolt' if you will, but quickly subsides. When I first used it, I was scared as I did not know what to expect, and I thought I just gotta suck it up and do it since I need to give an accurate review, and I yelped because I felt like I got seared! As much as it may work for some people (it had some pretty good reviews compared to the Zeno), I just can't bring myself to justify the pain. It's a lot bigger compared to the Zeno, but then again, it only takes 2 SECONDS per treatment with ThermaClear!
Overall: It's definitely worth a shot if you have a tolerance to slight pain or heat and you constantly have pimples popping up and want to tame those bad boys. It's not that bad as what you just read, it just didn't work out for me...
You can Google them both and compare for yourself what others had to say about each of them...ladies if you have any of these, please do share your experience, I would love to hear it!