Acne Therapy

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Approximately 80% of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 suffer from acne with many continuing to have acne into their 40s and beyond.

There are many solutions to manage patients with acne that range from topicals or systemic and may consist of benzyl peroxide, retinoids, salicylic acid, antibiotics, or hormone treatments. The last resort in most cases is the use of Isotretinoin such as Accutane medicine. There have been many attempts to include an energy based medical device in the management of this disease and for the most part the use of lasers, IPLs, BBLs and blue lights as a mono therapy approach has not prevailed.

Acne must be managed by a multi therapy approach that should include light energy devices such as the Acleara, photo pneumatic, IPL/BBL device, or the long pulsed GentleYag laser. Patients that suffer from Acne vulgaris, pustule acne, comedonal acne will greatly benefit from the variable vacuuming function on the Acleara device that cleans pores by extracting most of the entrapped unsterile fluid in the acne lesion.  Along with the targeted heating of sebaceous glands, the broadband light activates porphryns to destroy P. acnes and reduces sebum production through photodynamic ation.

It is suggested that involved and uninvolved skin should be treated with a light energy device.  On average, 4 to 5 treatments are needed, usually spaced 2 or 4 weeks apart. Light energy based devices often are used in lieu of oral antibiotics and in many cases prevent the use of isotretnoid based medicines.


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