Laser and Light Based Therapies for Acne
Conventional topical and systemic therapeutics are effective for treating acne vulgaris, but are not perfect solutions. Topical salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and retinoid preparations can be irritating and present challenges with compliance. Systemic antibiotics also have issues with tolerability and increasing bacterial resistance, and isotretinoin has attracted negative attention due to its purported links to inflammatory bowel disease and depression. Laser and light-based treatments can potentially offer a viable adjunct or even alternative to these conventional options.
KeywordsPeroxide Depression Porphyrin Acne Retinoid
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