New Light Therapy for Acne

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The FDA has approved a high-intensity light to help clear up a specific type of acne.

ClearLight, which works only on inflammatory acne and not severe or mild cases, theoretically kills the bacteria inside pimples. The blue light is a different wavelength than skin-damaging ultraviolet light, and is thought to cause no side effects.

According to studies done, if the acne does not appear to be better after two or three 15-minute sessions, there is only a 10 percent chance it will respond to the treatment at all.

Currently, other options for acne patients include topical ointments, antibiotics, and drugs such as Accutane.

ClearLight is made by Lumenis Inc. in Israel.

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