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Laser therapy reduces facial acne

Laser therapy helps reducing inflammatory facial acne lesions only with a few side effects.

Laser therapy reduces facial acne

Laser therapy helps to reduce inflammatory facial acne lesions with negligible side effects. It appears to work even on the darkest skin types. Researchers from the University of Texas School of Medicine in Houston analysed 22 patients, with light to dark skin types, who underwent three treatments with the laser - specifically a 1450-nanometer diode laser, at 3 to 4 week intervals. The subjects received treatment at high or low doses, on the left or the right side of the face. After three treatments, average acne lesions were reduced by about 75% and 70% with the low and high dose treatment, respectively. These reductions basically persisted at a 12-month follow-up examination. Side effects were minimal, typically transient redness swelling and the procedure-related pain, and were well tolerated. The findings indicate that laser therapy is a safe and effective treatment for facial acne vulgaris. It is a suitable first-line, second-line, or (add-on) treatment modality for moderate to severe acne.
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,
July 2006
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