This article, posted on Skincare.answers.com by Dr. Matthew Miller, talks about the FDA approved acne treatment system, TheraClear. Here's what he had to say.
Currently, the standard treatment for acne includes over the counter and prescription topical medications and cleansers. More severe cases will often be prescribed oral antibiotics. While these medications work for most people and have withstood the test of time, there is an increasing concern over the use of oral antibiotics. This is particularly true for acne in which oral antibiotics are often prescribed for months and sometimes years. Over the years, numerous acne treatment devices have been developed. Until now, these devices only treated one aspect of acne, the pustules and inflammatory papules. Recently, a new device called Theraclear has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of acne. Theraclear has been cleared to treat multiple causes of acne in a single treatment.
The Theraclear device works by using a pneumatic tip that gently suctions the skin into a chamber and removes blackheads, sebum or oil from the skin and unblocks the pores. Simultaneously, a broad band intense light is emitted which selectively kills the acne bacteria and leaves the good bacteria intact. This is possible because the acne bacteria produce a chemical called porphyrin which oxidizes and kills the acne bacteria when exposed to the light making it so an oral antibiotic is not necessary. Normal, beneficial bacteria do not produce porphyrin and therefore are not affected. After a single treatment, improvement can be seen. A series of four to eight treatments seven to 10 days apart is recommended with maintenance treatments as needed after that. Each treatment takes between 10 to 20 minutes and is relatively painless. Physicians with the device are reporting a high level of satisfaction in patients who undergo the treatment.
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