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Indian Dermatol Online J. 2015 May-Jun;6(3):145-57. doi: 10.4103/2229-5178.156379.

Light-based therapies in acne treatment.

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Pritzker School of Medicine, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Department of Dermatology, SBMP Medical College, BLDE University, Bijapur, Karnataka, India.
Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, USA.


The use of light and laser in the treatment of acne is increasing as these modalities are safe, effective, and associated with no or minimal complications when used appropriately. These light and laser sources are also being used in combination with pharmacological and/or physical measures to synergize their effects and optimize the therapeutic outcome. This review focuses on optical devices used in treating acne and serves to delineate the current application of various methods, including their utility and efficacy.


Acne; blue light; intense pulse light sources; laser; photodynamic therapy; photopneumatic therapy

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