CureLight is an attractive option for individuals who would like to supplement topical medications, or avoid the use of oral medications.
How it works
The system uses an intense wavelength of light (405-420) in the blue light spectrum, and works in a similar manner to an antibiotic, to suppress acne causing bacteria (P. acnes). Treatment consists of about 6-8 treatments that are done once a week for six weeks, or twice a week for a month. Most patients will improve over time.
What to Expect
CureLight is less aggressive than photodynamic therapy, but it can frequently help diminish acne with virtually no risk of down time. CureLight treatments are described as easy and relaxing, and most importantly, they are painless and safe.
If CureLight does not improve your skin to the extent you hoped, there are other options you can consider. These include photodynamic therapy (PDT), a medical consultation on managing acne through antibiotics, hormone therapy, or oral retinoids such as accutane. All these options offer a level of acne management that will improve your skin.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Acne Treatment
The ideal candidate for this procedure suffers from acne that is not fully responsive to topical creams or gels, or may not wish to use oral medications.
How it works
PDT is used with a photosensitizing agent along with a light source that activates the agent.
What to expect
Although improvement may occur after the first treatment, it generally takes three or four treatments to achieve sustained results. These will range from noticeable improvement to complete clearing.
Treatments are typically performed at three-week intervals. Patients must avoid sun exposure, but sunscreen is recommended. There will be some redness and peeling for a few days afterward (some reactions may look a lot like sun burn). Interestingly, the more red and reactive the appearance, the better the patient does. Such patients may even need fewer overall treatments.