Acne is a skin condition that manifests as various types of bumps including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and cysts. It affects 80% of the world’s population at some point in their lives. At any given time, 17 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from acne and actively seek relief.
Acne’s primary victims are teenagers, whose elevated hormone levels trigger excess oil production in the skin. When the pores of the skin become clogged with too much oil, P. acnes bacteria multiply and cause the inflammation known as acne. Most teens get the type of acne called acne vulgaris, which appears on the face, neck, shoulders, back and chest. However, an increasing number of adults between the ages of 20 and 50 also suffer from acne that results from factors including heredity, stress, hormonal changes, medications, birth control pills, heat, sun, friction against the skin, cosmetics, moisturizers and some industrial chemicals.
Light-based devices for treatment of acne offer excellent results without the often severe side effects caused by some medications such as isotretinoin. To date, a wide variety of devices have been cleared by FDA including several different types of lasers and light-based systems.
Additionally, DUSA Pharmaceuticals (Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S.) obtained FDA clearance to market its Levulan 5-ALA photodynamic therapy treatment for the reduction of acne. However, results released in October 2008 raise questions about how significant a benefit Levulan may provide. In a Phase IIB clinical trial to compare PDT using DUSA’s BLU-U light plus Levulan to that of PDT using the BLU-U without Levulan, both treatments were found to be safe and effective without a significant difference in results. Based on these findings, DUSA announced that it will not pursue further clinical development of Levulan PDT in combination with BLU-U for moderate-to-severe acne.
Cosmetic Laser Treatments
Cosmetic Laser Surgery is becoming a replacement for traditional cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic laser treatment centers are more common place and offer effective cost effective treatments for the consumer. Cosmetic Laser centers offer many different types of cosmetic lasers that that are in specific cosmetic treatments. Cosmetic laser treatments include; smartlipo, laser blepharoplasty, laser resurfacing, laser scar removal, laser breast reduction, laser breast reduction, laser hair removal, laser eye surgery, laser acne removal, laser tattoo removal, and laser stretch mark removal.
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