When it comes to acne busting specifically, so many products promise the world but leave me wanting better results. Needless to say, I was sceptical when this blue light acne treatment (that looks very much like a sex toy) rocked up at my door.
Actually, before I decided to embark on this review, I had only used the Foreo device a dozen times over the course of a few months — and because irregular usage didn't amount to much, I labelled it a dud.
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How does the Foreo Espada work?
Experts and studies agree that the practice is safe, effective and when used correctly, causes little to no complications.
What do the reviews say?
"I noticed reduced pain and swelling in blemishes literally within minutes of using this product. I swear I could see a difference the next day," reads one review on Foreo's site.
"I think of the Espada like I think of going to the gym. You need to stay consistent to get those results! But if you stay with it you will! I have had some monster zits creep up that the Espada helped speed up healing and shortened the duration of their stay on my face," reads another.
"I finally decided to splurge and I don't regret investing a great tool that has helped me reach my skin goals! It does take time to work and I've seen some improvements. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a zit disappear. It has also been a huge help with staving off my urge to pick at my skin when I break out," one LookFantastic reviewer said.
"Espada was on my wish list for a while. One use was enough to know that it works. My breakouts are almost all gone in one week.," says another.
Like many of the reviews have suggested, using this device twice a day worked best for me. After cleansing and before applying other skincare products, I would use this 30-second zapper on each individual spot (a bit tedious when you have multiple breakouts going on, I'll admit).
It's simple to use and has a handy light feature that helps you aim the tool to sit on top of your spots. It gives major girl in STEM vibes.
I photographed my journey over an eight-day period, a period where I was on my period and my hormonal pimples came out to play, too.
Much like the reviews promised, this device isn't a one-zap-wonder. But that might be a good thing. Unlike a lot of acne-focused products that are drying (please keep drying spot treatments and toothpaste away from me), this feels non-invasive and gentle to the skin. It allows my skin to retain its moisture and protects the skin barrier while slowly attacking spots from the inside out.
Is it worth it?
Looking at my photo comparisons, you might say that the difference seems minimal. But as the proud owner of these pesky hormonal pimples, I can tell that the spots feel like they're actually being treated from the inside out.
The pimples are less raised, less red, less painful and smaller with routine use. And just like how many things in life get worse before they get better, the device speeds up the pimple process, so my spots did seem to grow mid-week, but then proceeded to shrink again. Though Foreo claims that it can help with dark spots, but I haven't noticed a difference in scarring or hyperpigmentation.
We also can't ignore the pretty hefty price tag attached to the wand. At around £150 a pop, it's an investment in your skincare. But unlike serums, moisturisers, acids and the like — this rechargeable product won't run out.
For people who experience regular breakouts like myself, this product is a keeper. It helps with the worst of it — and alongside other acne products — will be a go-to tool for me to tackle any future spots.