Review: Foreo Espada Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen Review

Review: Foreo Espada Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen Review

Acne has been one of the biggest struggles in my life and probably the hardest on my self-esteem. It’s so easy to look around and see all these people with clear skin and even skin tones. Whereas I have always struggled with redness, cystic acne, and hormonal acne which has left me with zero confidence when I’m not wearing makeup. In the summer time it’s  time consuming and uncomfortable to always put a full face of makeup on so I was super excited when Foreo released the Espada Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen. Hearing any product with the word’s “Acne-clearing” in the title have to be great right? Let’s explore this product a little bit.

In the box you’ll find the Foreo Espada, a little travel bag, card of authentication, and a USB charging cord. It’s a sleek, triangular shaped device that is a very convenient size. I always charge devices before using them so I hunted down a charging block and left the device to do it’s thang. It takes on hour for the device to be fully charged and you can get 180 uses from one charge. The bottom of the device flashes while it’s charging and is a solid light once the device is completely charged. The power button is the only button located on this device and is clearly displayed on the button. Hitting the button once turns it on, and hitting it again will turn it off. At the top of the device there is a circle located in the hygienic silicone surface which is where the blue light is emitted from. When you hold the device close to the skin you’ll see red cross hairs appear which enables you to specifically target any acne spots. There is a 30 second cycle time which begins with direct contact of the device to the skin. When that occurs the blue light will automatically turn on and the pulsations begin, gradually increasing until the end of the cycle. After that, move on to any other blemishes you want to treat. It comes in three colours: magenta, pink or cobalt blue. It retails for $199.00 (Canadian) at Sephora.

Now onto my opinion of the Foreo Espada. I found that this device very comfortable to hold whilst spot treating my face. Occasionally, after a few cycles of it on my face the blue light would become slightly warm but it wasn’t uncomfortable. The cross hairs made it very easy to pinpoint my blemishes. I do find myself wanting the blue light area to be just a little bit larger. It’s slightly time consuming to do such a small area at a time. I love how quickly this device charges and that you can get so many uses from one charge. To one up that, there is no need to buy cartridges or rechargeable batteries. To me, that justifies the expensive price tag of the Foreo Espada as it’s a one time cost. The real question here is: does it help with acne. Yes and no would be my best answer. Don’t expect miraculous results, but it does help. I find that when I do get blemishes that they go away a lot quicker not so much prevents them. Overall, I like this product but I don’t love it.

Product Description:
What it is:
A blemish-busting tool that combines ultra-powerful blue light and T-Sonic™ pulsations to tackle acne-causing bacteria. 

Solutions for:
– Acne and blemishes 

If you want to know more…
Espada Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen features blue light and T-Sonic pulsations to target acne-causing bacteria—delivering a painless, non-invasive spot treatment in as little as 30 seconds. The pulsations begin when the device is placed on the skin, supporting natural blood microcirculation and facilitating the skin’s renewal, and gradually increase in speed until the 30 second cycle is finished. The ultra-hygienic silicone surface inhibits growth of bacteria on the device itself. 

What else you need to know:
This tool is FDA-approved. Espada, which means sword in Spanish, effectively targets acne and blemishes on the skin’s surface.

Suggested Usage:
-Red cross-hairs allow for precise targeting of blemishes. 
-Espada’s 30-second treatment starts only upon direct contact with skin where blue light and T-Sonic pulsations treat your blemish on the spot. 
-Once pulsations have ceased, move on to any additional blemishes. 
-No cartridges or changeable batteries needed, as Espada is a one-time purchase that is ready to go right out of the box. 
-The battery will run for 180 uses and requires one hour to recharge.


  1. Rechargeable device, no need to buy expensive cartridges or batteries as you charge the device directly
  2. Hygienic silicone, makes the device less likely to be harboring bacteria and easy to clean
  3. Easy to use; charge device, turn it on, hold on blemish, and repeat
  4. Charging time, only takes an hour to charge
  5. Price, although it retails for $199.00 (Canadian) at Sephora, you could try to justify it by saying that it is a one time cost as you don’t need to replace batteries or cartridges


  1. Small surface area for the blue light, this makes it a bit more time consuming when you’re trying to target large areas or multiple areas on the face
  2. Meh effectiveness, it didn’t prevent me from getting acne altogether
  3. Battery life, one charge gives you 180 cycles which goes by faster than you’d think
  4. Price, retails for $199.00 (Canadian) at Sephora which is a lot to pay all at once for one teensy device that works alright



Foreo Espada Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen
Foreo Espada Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen

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