My Experience Using Blue Light on my Acne (Before & After Pics)

EDIT (as of August 2016) I would no longer recommend this product – will update with pics soon. The TRIA Blue Light device over-heated my skin and caused discoloration.

I’ve been dealing with an acne outbreak since last December, and I’ve been exploring various options to get it under control (full post on this coming soon). My friend Elaine has significantly clearer skin after undergoing Blue Light Therapy at her dermatologist’s office. I wanted to see if Blue Light would work for me, but before committing to a long commute and regular appointments with her dermatologist, I decided to explore at-home options. I remembered reading that Tria carries a wide range of at-home professional-grade devices, so I contacted them to find out more about about the Tria Acne Clearing Blue Light. The company generously sent me a device to try out – and after THOROUGHLY testing it for four months, I am finally ready to share my review.

Product Review Tria Blue Light Acne-Clearing Device


This FDA-cleared device uses the same professional-level blue light technology that is found in dermatologists’ offices. It emits a non-UV high-energy light to treat mild to moderate acne by eliminiating bacteria deep within the skin. By targeting the P.Acnes bacteria, existing blemishes are healed and future breakouts are prevented. The light only affects the bacteria – so it doesn’t cause much skin irritation or dryness (unlike other topical acne treatments). For further reading on the efficacy of Blue Light on Acne – click here.

Using the Tria Blue Light Acne-Clearing Device


I think this is my first no-makeup selfie on this blog- eek! But I wanted to show the Tria in action – isn’t the glowing blue light so intense? After washing my face in the morning, I press the flat tip on my skin. The device automatically turns on – it glows blue and feels slightly warm. I glide it across my face, focusing on my problem areas (mainly my cheeks) – continuously “painting” them with the blue light. The machine beeps at 2.5 minutes and turns off at 5 minutes. After my treatment, I spray my face with mineral water and apply my moisturizer.


There’s some painful acne in the “before” photos – so I’m going to split this post in case you’re squeamish. Click here if you want to see my before and after –>

These pictures are not something everyone wants to see – and believe me, I don’t like sharing these pictures publicly.  But when you’re trying to figure out if an acne treatment will work on you, it’s helpful to look at before and after pictures rather than just reading about it.

As you can see – I started with moderate acne (and a LOT of hyper-pigmented scarring from continually breaking out since December 2014). Over time, the Blue Light eliminated large, swollen blemishes and allowed the rest of my skin to heal. (I also made some dietary changes over this time – will detail these in my future acne post). My bare skin is not clear or perfect – it has a couple of small bumps and a lot of hyper-pigmentation, but it’s definitely in a healthier place compared to before.


The TRIA Blue Light device has some disadvantages. It is pricey at CAD$340 (US$299) – and you have to spend another $45 every three months for a new cartridge. Furthermore, it needs to be charged every 5 days (in contrast, my electronic toothbrush and Clarisonic last a couple of weeks per charge).

On the other hand, it’s effective and gentle. It allows me to double my dosage of acne-eliminating treatments – I use it in the morning and can still use Benzyl Peroxide spot treatments at night. I know it’s powerful because I’ve used it on red swollen pimples – and by the next day, my spots are smaller and the redness has gone. When my first cartridge finished, I skipped a few days of treatment before ordering a new cartridge – and I started getting small spots again – so I know the TRIA is a necessary step in my skincare routine.

The TRIA has a 90-day money back guarantee – if you are dealing with moderate acne, I’d recommend giving this a try. You should see results within the first two months – and if you don’t – you can return it for a full refund.

By the way – in case you hadn’t realized the extent of my acne issues due to my make-up coverage in blog pics – you’ll want to – check out this post – the 2nd method is my go-to technique for keeping my breakouts concealed!

Have you suffered from acne? What has helped you?

DISCLAIMER: The TRIA device was sent to me, but I’ve taken my time to thoroughly test it out so that I can give a balanced and comprehensive review. Additionally, I’ve used my own money to repurchase cartridges because I truly believe it works for my skin!

Linking up with More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express.


  1. Beautygirl 24
    June 30, 2015 / 1:25 am

    Wow! I never in a million years thought you had problematic skin! I know you've mentioned having some acne in the past, along with your skin being sensitive to many products. But honestly you are beautiful regardless of flare ups, and I think it's awesome that you did this honest post. The difference is quite noticeable!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 30, 2015 / 1:51 am

      Thanks Noelle 🙂 Yes – my skin is a combo of acne prone AND hyper pigmentation so I'm left with dark marks for a while, even after the acne is gone! I've had close friends not realize the extent of my skin issues until I've shown them pics on my phone of my bare skin…when I'm wearing make-up, you can't really tell too much (which is a good thing!). I'm glad you liked the post – it was important for me to share it (scary pics and all) because internet forums and blog posts have taught me a lot about my own acne – so I hope my posts can help other acne-sufferers with their issues. I have a more in-depth acne post coming up soon 🙂

  2. Carylee
    June 30, 2015 / 2:53 am

    Wow, the photos speak for themselves! And I'm totally with Noelle – I never would have known you had anything but flawless skin! Thanks so much for this review!Carylee | more pieces of me

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 30, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Thanks Carylee – thank goodness for modern makeup for covering up skin issues LOL 🙂 So glad you liked the review!

  3. Gina Daily
    June 30, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    Well dang, the other ladies already said what I was going to say! I know you had mentioned acne but I had certainly never seen any! I struggle with it on my forehead (there is just one area where it never. goes. away.) and it drives me insane. Your before and after photos are impressive and I appreciate your courage in sharing them! I'm excited to read your upcoming in-depth post, too. I haven't decided what next steps I want to take to deal with mine but I love hearing about new products that could help!Gina || On the Daily Express

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 30, 2015 / 7:29 pm

      LOL – we all think alike huh? I can't wait to share my acne post with all the things I've learned through this outbreak (sadly NONE of the helpful advice came from drs – they were all "medicate, medicate, medicate")…it's going to take a while to put all the info together without getting too wordy – but it'll be up soon 😉

  4. SakiVI
    June 30, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    I get a lot of dark marks as well. For acne and the pigmentation, the routine over at has helped a lot, especially the biologique recherche cleanser, p50 toner and the Paula's Choice 2% BHA.

  5. Sandra Penafiel
    July 1, 2015 / 3:57 am

    I used the tria blue to get rid of the spots acne leaves on my skin. I also use the acne products from Clinique, the products are good and in a week or so you start to see less pimples on your skin. I also take natural pills called "perfect skin" and in 3 months the acne is 80% gone.

  6. nichelle antoque
    July 2, 2015 / 7:40 am

    Your photos really show progress in your acne problems. How are the results in the succeeding months? Did the acne pigmentation disappear?

  7. Louise Gleeson
    March 18, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    I get hyperpigmentation after any break outs, too. As if the first break out wasn't enough, eh? The only thing that helped me when I developed adult onset acne (after weaning my youngest daughter and experiencing a crazy hormone flux) was antibiotic cream from my doctor (and I tried EVERYTHING before that). After a couple of months of use, I barely ever have to use it now. It's called the TactuPump and was life-changing. You are gorgeous, btw. I've never seen you look anything short of radiant xo

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 18, 2016 / 7:25 pm

      Ooh Tactupump? I've used Tactuo (Epiduo) – but will have to check this out! I keep meaning to post an update post bc thankfully my breakouts are only 5-10% vs the 40% they were in these pics <3

    • Louise Gleeson
      March 18, 2016 / 9:06 pm

      That's awesome, Zeba….you are gorgeous, but being that I've gone through this myself, I know how disheartening it can be. xo

  8. Rhea Kristen
    February 5, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    Hi there, I was looking through your blog to find the post where you post the pics of the hyper pigmentation that the Tria caused. Where can I find that?

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