Tanda Zap Review

November 26, 2011

My skin started to break out when I was in the States, mainly due to lack of proper skin care as I only brought some random samples with me, as well as daily french fries indulgence… I freaked out when I noticed I had six blemishes on my face and I knew I had to do something about it. So I went “high tech” this time and bought the Tanda Zap. It seems it is just as popular as the Clarisonic as I can see them at every beauty store I go to.


If you are into skincare, you would know that there has a been a trend in the use of red infrared light to combat aging, and the use of blue infrared light to combat acne. It is a common treatment that is carried out at most advanced beauty salons, and I have seen more and more home versions of these tools being released – the difference would be the home version generates a lesser wavelength infrared light than the professional machines.

What is Tanda Zap:

Tanda Zap is clinically proven to clear or fade blemishes within 24 hours. Tanda Zap is the triple threat for pimples: it uses powerful blue light to destroy acne-causing bacteria while gentle vibration and warming help to open pores so bacteria has nowhere to hide.

It retails for USD$49, at a price that is affordable to anyone who is desperate to get rid of their acne. I was highly skeptical about it but I thought I could always return it if it didn’t work. I followed the instructions and used it on both inflamed and un-inflamed blemishes at least 4 times a day. After 24 hours, I saw absolutely no changes to my blemishes – nothing was diminished nor shrunk. After one week of use, I can confirm it had done nothing to improve clearing up the blemishes . Some reviews said it only worked for un-inflamed acne, unfortunately it didn’t work me either. It has some anti bacteria effect to it so my un-inflamed blemishes did not grow into a bigger size, but they didn’t fade either and just stayed on my skin for as long as I was using it.

It takes about 2 minutes to treat each blemish, I had about 6 blemishes on my face and treating all of them for 4 times a day is utterly boring. By day 3 the batteries will be semi flat and I could feel that the vibration was not as strong.

You might wonder why didn’t I return it? Well, the hotel housekeeping threw the packaging away!

Bottom Line: A waste of money.

Have you used any of the blue and red light tools to take care of your skin? Which brands do you use and do you like them?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Sharon Stewart November 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I use a red light for wrinkles and dark pigmented skin. It is the Omnilux and I treat each section of my face for about 10 minutes twice a week. I believe that it prevents the fine lines and wrinkles because I don’t have them like many people my age do.

I am also the author of a website for acne-light.com which reviews blue light therapy products for acne. I have found that only 50% of the users of the Tanda Zap are satisfied with results. I think it may be that the light is very small and an acne light with a larger treatment head saves time and works faster.


Elizabeth November 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Interesting! Years ago I had the huge Tanda machine that came with interchangeable heads (blue and red lights) when I was desperate to get my skin clear. It did nothing. About 6 months ago, I got desperate again and a girl at Sephora suggested the Tanda Zap – I of course laughed and told her it was useless. She said they had changed and improved it, and against my better judgement I bought it, knowing at least I could return it if it didn’t work. I couldn’t believe it – it successfully got rid of and prevented some spots I that I could tell were going to be monsters! Just goes to show that skincare is a very individual thing, no two people will find the same routine that works. Especially when it comes to acne!

It does really eat batteries though, lol.


Reika November 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Interesting! I can’t believe the machine did not work for you but this tiny little tool worked! Glad to know you have not wasted money this time, as for me my hunt for a better blue light tool continues 🙂


Jamilla November 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I really feel that these types of skin treatment tools for home use are no where near as good as the really expensive tools used in medi spas!


Reika November 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I know..what you pay is what you get..:-P


Beauty Box November 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm

My sister swears by baby quasar which is pretty expensive…I’m still skeptical of infrared treatments and they sound really tedious to use.


Reika November 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

baby quasar is sooo expensive! Unless everyone swears that it works..else I can’t justify to spend $500 on a tool…
Have you tried it yourself?


carol January 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

thanks for the blog,i might have bought it hoping it would work. I did however buy the nono hair remover and they had another device called sk!n i think it was for acne. Both items sit on a shelf angering me that i spent so much money on 2 useless gimics. I too did not get to return for money only this time because canada post went on strike when it was time to send them back for a refund. I tried for 45 days to get results and nada. the sk!n device is a red light, it heats up the area to treat, you keep it on for 10 seconds wait 10? minutes then treat again. With alot of acne spots, a time waster and hard to remember which ones got done half the time. With the nono, it just burns the hair off at skin level makes a huge stink, the burning head has to be replaced often, at your continued exspense but thats a tantrum on my part. These at home gimics just dont work.


sam March 2, 2012 at 12:35 am

so, the comments were a little confusing… does this tanda ZAP work effectively? Have you tried it out for yourself?


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