Tanda Zap Review

by Reika on 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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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 :-)

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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!

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Reika November 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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