Lasers and Light Therapy for Acne Vulgaris

Acne vulgaris remains an emotionally and debilitating dermatologic disease, and is conventionally treated with a variety of oral and topical therapies with a number of significant side effects. An evolving understanding of laser-tissue interactions involving Propionibacterium acnes-produced porphyrins, and the development of infrared nonablative lasers to target sebaceous glands, has lead to the development of an escalating number of laser, light and radiofrequency devices for acne. Used as monotherapy or in combination, these devices are showing promise as a method to clear acne in a convenient, non-invasive manner, though there remains a clear need for long-term data and randomized, blinded studies.

Semin Cutan Med Surg 24:107-112 © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Acne vulgaris is one of the most prevalent and potentially physically and emotionally debilitating dermatologic diseases.

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