No pain no gain
I am now in my late 20s and mostly concerned about skin texture change, pores and fine lines around my eyes. I did a lot of research (I am a scientist with a Ph.D.) before purchasing. I figured the way Tria works is very similar to a low energy professional fractionated nonablative laser. The closest one is the original clear + brilliant. But Tria comes with lower coverage and slightly higher energy (let's assume you are using level III on Tria). In other words, Tria breaks one clear+brilliant treatment into a few days. Tria level III penetrates ~400 microns into the dermis, which covers pretty much the entire range of photoaging (because sunlight/UV cannot get deeper than this).
I have been using it on level III for a week so far. The schedule is to use it for five consecutive days, then take two off-days. REALLY painful on level III but still in the (barely) tolerable range. After ten minutes, the program finishes and I turn into a tomato. The erythema fades mostly overnight yet the next day I still look a bit red...like someone who just gets back from a vacation in someplace warm. It is still too early to see the full results. I feel my skin is exfoliating and have noticed some texture change.
Skinceuticals products are just as good as it always is. CEF is classic. Resveratrol BE works well on my dry skin at night. Skinceuticals published a research paper back in 2015 on combining Tria and these two products. The results look very promising so I have my faith in this kit. Just be prepared for the pain and tomato face.
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