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ANSR Acne Treatment Review

Splurge of the Week: ANSR

You might not have heard about light therapy within skin care, and so I thought I'd shed a little light on the subject. (Zing! Tip your waitress, try the veal!) In simple terms, light therapy — also called phototherapy — uses different wavelengths of light to combat acne and stimulate collagen production. That might sound like bunk, but it's not. The FDA approved blue light therapy for acne in August 2002.

Of the available at-home LED devices, most cost around $250 to $400. ANSR, at $159.95, is a less-expensive version that uses both blue and red light to treat acne. ANSR sent a kit for me to try, and I didn't have exceedingly high hopes. The kit comes with a cleanser and day and night creams that have salicylic acid, so I figured that ingredient was the secret to any sort of acne-battling power. To find out how it worked,


I started using ANSR shortly before my trip to Central America, and within two weeks I saw fewer whiteheads. I didn't take ANSR with me to Belize, and got a little lazy about using it upon my return. Big mistake — my chin turned into a pimple farm within a week. Returning to a nightly ANSR light session has helped return my chin to a largely unclogged, smooth zone, and I'm starting to see less redness as well. The cleanser and creams are fine, but I think the light really does the trick. Turns out that this therapy works, but you have to be consistent — and, of course, willing to shell out cash for an at-home device.

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Beauty Beauty 8 years
Sophiek, for cystic acne, blue light would be good. I also have some luck with Zeno. The other thing that would probably help is oral contraceptives, but that's a choice you'd have to make with your doctor. gsteinhauser, the whole treatment takes about five minutes. I use the creams if I have acne, but not on my entire face. Mostly just on my chin, where I get the most acne.
cally8980 cally8980 8 years
So this basically is a device with some LEDs that you shine on your face? Does anyone know what wavelength the LEDs emit at? I could see UV LEDs being effective because UV can inactivate microorganisms, but a UV light device would also be a dangerous thing to use.
tropicalsiren tropicalsiren 8 years
gsteinhauser gsteinhauser 8 years
How long does one treatment on an area like your chin take? And are you using the creams that came with it?
sophiek sophiek 8 years
Thank you Bella! I currently use the Clarisonic, do you think ANSR would be better for my cystic acne?
emms emms 8 years
Hmmm...but I bet you had nice skin to begin with, Fab.
yeahimkristin yeahimkristin 8 years
I'm excited to know that the light therapy worked for you, I've been wondering about the at home light therapy kits and now that I know it works I'll be shelling out the cash to buy one!
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