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Inflammatory acne lesions decrease clinical study

A publication at the DermatologyTimes about Formatk’s clinical study involving 100 patients

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is effective and safe as monotherapy for the treatment of inflammatory severe acne vulgaris in dark-skinned women of child-bearing age, a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology has found.

Grades one and two acne lesions (non-inflammatory) can be managed by topical treatment but grades three and four lesions (inflammatory) usually require systemic therapy to prevent scarring.

“Systemic retinoids are considered teratogenic and thus use is discouraged in women of child-bearing age. Also, for individuals with infertility issues, the patients and their treating gynecologists might be reluctant to use any systemic medication, as it might interfere with ovulation,” says author Ajay Deshpande, M.D., from the Maharashtra Medical Foundation Joshi Hospital in Pune, India. As a result, chemical peels, narrowband ultraviolet B light, pulsed dye lasers, intense pulse light therapy and light-emitting diodes have all been tried as treatments for inflammatory acne in women of child-bearing age with varying degrees of success.

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