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Zeno vs Thermaclear: pros and cons

Thermaclear Vs Zeno: The Zit-Zapper Showdown

When I received a Thermaclear, I was pretty excited. I'd already had good results with rival device Zeno. Like Zeno, Thermaclear uses heat to destroy acne bacteria, thereby making pimples disappear faster (or never come to a head in the first place). These devices are great for those times when you feel a pimple coming on; just zap it and it retards the blemish's growth.

Now that I've tried both zit zappers, I've made a guide to comparing and contrasting them. (FYI, both devices were sent to me for review, so I'm not biased toward either.)

For a chart that shows the pros and cons of each device,


Who wins?
Looks Sleek, modern design. Pro version available in pink and teal, too. Grayish blue, not as sleek. Zeno. It just looks better.
Warm-up time About a minute About 10 seconds Thermaclear better fits my want-it-now attention span.
Application time per blemish Two minutes, measured by a small beep every 30 seconds. Two seconds. Thermaclear. You could treat the whole face in the amount of time it takes to treat one pimple with Zeno.
Feels like Warm and soothing. Feels great on cystic acne. Yowza! It's a quick zap, but it stings for a second. Zeno makes me feel pampered and cared-for, as though a benevolent complexion fairy were caressing me.
Replacement Basic model comes with 60-count cartridge; replacements are $25 each. Tip requires replacement once a year; a new one is $19.95 Thermaclear
Price $150 for basic model; $189 for prettier Pro model $149 It's a draw, although the replacement costs favor Thermaclear.
emijules emijules 7 years
I'm 16, my acne is sometimes not there and then i will get a couple (4-6 maybe) big pimples and its driving me nuts cause it comes and goes whenever. Which one would work best for me? like i said i don't know what kinda acne, if maybe mild or a little less then mild, but still enough to make me conscious about it
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Mommy to be, I'd ask your doctor.
Sisivd Sisivd 9 years
Thanks for comparing Zeno vs. Thermaclear. It makes my choice so much easier. I'll buy Thermaclear because it works faster and you don't have to continuously buy the tips so it will be much cheaper in the long run. Zeno is prettier though!
emg2114 emg2114 9 years
Thanks for laying it out in a chart. It does sound like a draw. I think the shorter application time of the thermaclea5r would prob be a drawback for me... i tend to fixate in the mirror and i'd probably zap my whole head off
courtney422 courtney422 9 years
This is such a cool device!!
flirt9021 flirt9021 9 years
how do these things work?
0037sammie 0037sammie 9 years
I need one of those...
CC1 CC1 9 years
I'm really surprised at the comments. I've used zeno happily for about 6 months and it is true to it's word...pimples disappear within a day. I did have a friend that tried thermaclear, but she had absolutely no results (she actually thought it's high heat burned her skin because she had redness and flaking skin in the treated area on her face that lasted almost a week--and she did not have sensitive skin). She now uses zeno and is very happy. I guess I'm not surprised, since a lot of the responses on this "blog" are on the same day and all tend to favor thermaclear. How sad that a blog meant to help others is being used by company shills!
k-bug k-bug 9 years
I read a USA Today Article that says Thermaclear heats up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Isn't that the temp of boiling water? I'm not putting that on my face...
md12398 md12398 9 years
i bought a zeno, and returned it. it didn't absolutely nothing for me!
ShellyChelle ShellyChelle 9 years
This product is awesome!!!! I mean this thing really works! I have had problems with acne since forever and the Thermaclear device has made dealing with it so much easier!
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