Omigosh It Does Work, or Trying Out the Tanda Zap

I love those Good Morning America and Today Show Steals & Deals segments. Most of the time, the goods really aren’t things that interest me. Then there’s that (maybe) 10% of the time when they feature something really, truly fantastic (like the Cambridge Satchel I scored late last summer for $100). Two weeks ago, Good Morning America partnered with Tanda to create a great deal: the Tanda Zap for only $24.99. I have been using light therapy in the form of the LightStim for a couple of years, so I figured it was worth trying.

If you aren’t familiar with the Tanda Zap, it’s a small, hand-held device that emits a pulsing blue light that supposedly kills the bacteria in and around a pimple, making the blemish go away faster without drying creams. While there’s a larger, much more expensive Tanda model that can be refilled with light charges, the Tanda Zap is a 1000-use-only device that retails for about $50.

tanda zap in pink

I do suffer from adult acne on my chin. It’s usually well controlled with prescription Differin Cream but products like Differin and Retin-A are kind of no-nos when you’re pregnant. Unlike my first pregnancy when my skin was instantly clear and glowing, it hasn’t been like that this time around. I consistently have breakouts on the right and left sides of my chin–ranging from cysts to generic blemishes.

After washing my face the evening my Tanda Zap arrived, I used it for a 2-minute cycle on the right side of my chin. I though I would do my own scientific experiment, using the Tanda on one side and not the other. The instructions say to use the Tanda Zap two to three times a day on the affected spot. I used it twice–morning and evening. Lo and behold, by day 2, the right side was clearing up. The two blemishes I had were dried up and no new ones were forming. The left side had some new ones popping up. After 5 days, the right side was clear (although I do still have some red spots where everything is healing). I figured at that point, it was time to try the Tanda Zap on my left side. Boom…by the end of day two, that side was clearing up.

Now I haven’t had the chance to try this device on a nasty, huge cyst (thank goodness). But I’m really interested to see what it does when one pops up eventually. For now, I must say I’m sold. I’m not sure exactly how long 1000 cycles will last me given my breakout pattern but I’m tentatively certain that I’ll replace it when the Tanda Zap dies.

Where are the before and after pictures? I’m afraid you’re going to have to take my word for it. Honestly, my ego wouldn’t allow me to post make-up-free, blemished photos up for all to see on the Internet.

I can’t seem to find a great deal like I had for my Tanda Zap, but it is readily available at a number of stores. Nordstrom ships for free and has a great return policy, which might make it the best choice for ordering. If you try it, let me know how you like it.