ClearWave Phototherapy System for Acne: Woah, It Really Works!


To say that I was skeptical about the Verilux ClearWave Phototherapy System for Acne would be an understatement. An at-home blue light therapy acne system that actually works? Right. Doubt it. Well, keep this in mind, ladies – it takes a big Spa Girl to admit when she’s wrong. And I was totally wrong about the ClearWave system.

The first time I used the ClearWave, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. After just a quick 3-minute treatment, the red blemish on my chin actually looked smaller. There was a visible difference not only in size but also color – yes, the redness has subsided slightly, but it was enough for me to notice. So, the next day, I tried it again. And then on the third day, I did one more 3-minute treatment and by that afternoon, the pimple was good as gone.

Basically, the ClearWave works by emitting a specific wavelength of blue light that destroys acne-causing bacteria in pores. It’s totally painless and doesn’t harm surrounding skin tissue. The system is chemical- and drug-free, and is dermatologist approved. I’ve mentioned before that I have sensitive skin. I was worried about what a phototherapy system would do in terms of irritation and scarring, but there was none. Of course, I exfoliate and moisturize regularly, so that probably helps the entire skin-clearing process.

A girlfriend asked how I’d compare the ClearWave Phototherapy System to the topical spot treatment that I normally use. Here’s the thing: the ClearWave works faster than a liquid or serum spot treatment, but I found this to be true only for more minor red pimples. I tried it out on a white head (granted – a larger one. Gross – I know!) and the results weren’t as impressive.

So, I’ll use the ClearWave system for the red bumps that I get on a regular basis but keep the spot treatment serum around for the major uh-oh moments. Maybe I’ll even try using them in tandem for the larger blemishes. For the record, the ClearWave says it’s effective on inflamed pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. I’d absolutely recommend this product and, who knows, maybe it’ll work on all of your different kinds of breakouts. Skincare is such a personal thing!

Other benefits to the ClearWave Phototherapy System for Acne:

  • It’s handheld, portable and rechargeable, and really easy to use! Treatments only take 3 minutes.
  • Because it’s so gentle and easy to use, the ClearWave is a good option for both teens and adults.
  • It comes with a charging stand and AC power adapter.
  • You get a one-year limited warranty with your purchase and a 30-day money back guarantee!

Read more about the Verilux ClearWave Phototherapy System or buy it at for $149.95 (currently on sale for for $99) or


  1. hgpt says:

    how would you say it works on the pustules- the small acne underneath your skin that looks like they'll erupt soon. And how about blackheads?