I Tried a $500 Skin-Clearing Device—and It Worked

As someone with highly reactive, sensitive skin who has struggled for years with an emotionally debilitating skin disorder and, lately, cystic acne on my chin that comes in horrific flare-ups, I am in the catch-22 situation of being a beauty editor with a fear of trying new skin treatments. Apprehensive doesn’t quite capture it. I am always wary to try new products, devices, and treatments, because I’m afraid they’ll make my skin worse, and more often than not, they do. So, though I get offered services constantly, I simply have to say no to way more opportunities than I say yes to because my skin just doesn’t react well, and I know that. There’s no joy in getting a free $200 facial if (and when) my skin gets scabby cysts three days later, so I am extremely selective when it comes to risking a negative outcome.

It’s my face, after all, and anyone who has suffered with unsightly skin issues knows that in the rare times your skin has reached stasis (which, at least for me, is only ever a cruel few days of normalcy guaranteed to cycle back to “bad” at some point even without my spurring that on), it takes a lot to be willing to risk unsettling that state of equilibrium voluntarily on something new—aka the complete unknown. It’s always a risk, and its scary when your skin’s health is compromised to begin with. I feel beholden—almost restricted and chained—to the inconsistent nature of my skin, and it’s a daily struggle that possibly only people with imperfect skin understand. The only thing I want in my entire life is to have clear skin.

Thus, with all that said, something has to be extremely compelling, the science behind it has to make sense, and I have to trust, in my gut, that the experts behind a product or device know what they’re doing for me to try it. I just won’t put my skin through the potential for disaster otherwise. That criteria was met and more when I received the opportunity to experience facialist and “electrical esthetician” to the stars Melanie Simon’s new nano-current skincare device, ZIIP. If I hadn’t had a good feeling about it, I would have just said no, as I do all the time. But I had heard about Simon’s innovations in the beauty industry, and the technology behind the device sounded like something life-changingly worthy of trying. Keep scrolling to read all about how it works, why it works, and what my own results were—from someone whose skin is fickle and whose standards for experimenting (at least on my face) are airtight.