Drug-Free Pimple Control

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Section: MEDICAL Breakthroughs
LIGHT KILLS THE BUG

THE LATEST ADVANCES IN PREVENTION AND TREATMENT SPECIAL REPORT New Acne Cures
A new, FDA-approved light treatment for mild to moderate acne is now available in dermatology offices. ClearLight uses high-intensity light to kill Proprionibacterium acnes, the "bug" responsible for acne pimples, bumps, cysts, and redness.

In a study at the State University of New York, 60% of acne breakouts cleared up after volunteers got two 10-to 15-minute treatments per week for 4 weeks. Their skin continued to improve for 3 months after the last treatment.

Light therapy may help teens and adults whose acne has become antibiotic-resistant and those who don't want to take antibiotics. If you have severe acne, however, you may still need topical or oral medication to control oil production and pore clogging. ClearLight has no known side effects.

CONTRIBUTORS KASIA DAWIDOWSKA, JORDAN MATUS, PAULA RASICH, JUDITH SPRINGER RIDDLE, ERIN VERKLER

PHOTO (COLOR): Light your way to clear skin.

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By E.V.

Edited by Sari Harrar

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