Multiple modalities to treat acne: A review of lights, lasers, and radiofrequency

Sari Fien, Christopher J. Ballard, Keyvan Nouri

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Acne vulgarts affects 40 to 50 million individuals in the United States. Treatments often require frequent applications and multiple medications, which raise compliance issues and place patients at greater risk for side effects. There is a need for convenient, safe, and effective acne treatments. Various modalities are discussed in this article, including visible light, pulsed dye laser (PDL), 1450-nm diode laser, photodynamic therapy, and radiofrequency. Many of these therapies are good alternatives for patients who are resistant to other treatments; however, more information and studies are needed to determine the long-term effects and potential adverse events that may occur as a result of these innovative treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-793
Number of pages5
JournalCosmetic Dermatology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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