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Zeno v. Claro Acne Treatment Devices, a Comparison

Comparing the Zeno and Claro Acne Treatment Devices: Treating Acne can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you are like me and have adult acne. I am in my 40s and still breaking out.  Fortunately, there are a couple of good treatment devices on the market that work rather well on standard pimples, and also have some effect on cystic acne, even through they are not marketed for use on that type of problem. I have written about both items separately in the past, but though a comparison chart would be helpful for readers who are considering purchasing an acne treatment device, but can’t decide on which one to try.

The Zeno Acne Treatment Device (link is to previous review) uses heat to kill bacteria and dry up acne, while the Claro Acne Clearing Device (link is to previous review) uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to kill bacteria.

Zeno Claro
Treatment Mechanism Heat Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Acne Types Treated Pimples, Pustules

Does not treat: Cystic Acne Whiteheads

Pimples, Pustules, Areas of Inflamed Acne

Does not treat:
Cystic Acne

Treatment Time 2.5 minutes Two six second treatments with a brief pause between treatments.
Comfort Comfortable heat. Must hold the device in place for 2.5 minutes. Comfortable heat.
Ease of Use Very easy. Device is easy to place and hold. Generally easy. Sometimes lining up the device or keeping it in contact with the skin is difficult.
Effectiveness Moderately effective.  The device works best on new acne and on mild acne. Clearing is hastened, but not complete within 24 hours. Not as effective on highly inflamed or severe acne. Had no meaningful effect on cystic acne (device is not marketed or recommended for use on cystic acne). Very effective on new and mild acne, giving clearing within 24 hours. Greatly assisted clearing on difficult and heavily inflamed acne. Cystic acne was lessened but not cleared (device is  not marketed or recommend for use on cystic acne).
Rechargeable Yes Yes
Product Life Varies among models.  The Zeno I reviewed lasts for 90 uses before a replacement tip must be purchased. 800 six second treatments.
Pros Easy to hold and use, very portable, comfortable. New Hot Spot Model is quite affordable. Quite effective and comfortable.
Cons Less effective on severe acne, takes 2.5 minutes for each treatment. Sometimes difficult to line up and keep in place, must wait one minute between each cycle of 2 treatments.
Price $150 (90 treatment model). Replacement tips run between $25-$35.

A New Zeno Hot Spot model offers 80 uses for $40.

$250 (800 treatments)

Between the two devices, I personally prefer the Claro, but I stick the Zeno in my bag when traveling because it is smaller and more portable. Zeno also has a new Hot Spot Acne Treatment Device that retails for around $40 and is good for 80 treatments. I have not tested that model, but it seems like a more affordable way to try out a Zeno device.

Note: The Claro portion of this review is based on a product that was given to me by a representative of the company. I purchased the Zeno on my own.   For more, please see my disclosure page.

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