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Laser Therapy Shown to Treat Acne

Posted: March 18, 2009

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"The first-of-a-kind study found this particular form of photodynamic therapy used in conjunction with topical therapy to be the first such treatment to achieve complete clearance of acne up to 13 months post-treatment and a 77% clearance rate per treatment," the study's author, Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine, said. "Patients also experienced an added benefit of significant improvement in their acne scars, as the pulsed dye laser offers superior penetration to the deeper layers of the skin where scars form."

Mild redness that lasted for 48 hours was the only side effect, according to the study.

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The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about acne.

HealthDay News, March 6, 2009