Acne Case Study
The 19 year old female on the left received twelve, 30 minute treatments using 2 – 3 red laser needles and one blue laser needle. Ten months after treatment, she remained symptom free.
(Photos and case study courtesy of Dr. Detlef Schikora, University of Paderborn, Germany.)
How effective is phototherapy in acne?
Elman and Lebzelter reported, “Clinical trials show that 85% of the patients demonstrate a significant quantitative reduction in at least 50% of the lesions after four biweekly treatments. In approximately 20% of the cases, acne eradication may reach 90%. At 3 months after the last treatment, clearance is approximately 70% to 80%. The nonrespondent rate is 15% to 20%. Conclusions: Laser and light-based therapy is a safe and effective modality for the treatment of mild to moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris. Amelioration of acne by light therapy, although comparable to the effects of oral antibiotics, offers faster resolution and fewer side effects and leads to patient satisfaction.” Click here to view the abstract.
Acne Case Study
“Jay” was a 16 year old male with severe acne on his face, neck and upper back who was treated one week apart x two weeks and then every two weeks x five visits with 670 nm, laser phototherapy. Significant improvement was noted by the second treatment, and lesions were reduced by approximately 60% before the third treatment and 80% before the last treatment. “My skin is nearly clear,” he said at discharge.
Acne Case Study
“Debra” was a 51 year old female who came seeking natural and non-drug treatments to improve her overall health and address back, shoulder and knee pain and several other issues. Among several of her medications we questioned and asked her to review with her medical doctor, she had been taking tetracycline daily to suppress facial acne for more than 10 years. Her skin was essentially clear, so in a sense it would seem to have been effective.
Approximately two weeks after stopping the tetracycline with her medical doctor’s approval, “Debra” broke out and was treated twice weekly with 670 nm red and 867 nm infrared laser therapy over her face and upper body bio-electromagnetic therapy. For two weeks the acne worsened progressively and then rapidly reversed. By the 10th treatment, her skin was virtually clear. Three years later, she reported that her skin has been 90% clear since discharge and noted that she has experienced only mild and occasional acne which she associated with diet.
Cartier et al reported on the widespread application of LEDs in dermatology, including wound healing, acne and skin rejuvenation, noting, “But how should you not be interested in this field? It is already any more a near future but well and truly a therapeutic reality… “. Click here to view the abstract.
Blue 405 nanometers has been shown to improve outcomes
Although most acne and many other skin conditions may respond well when treated solely with red and or infrared laser or LED therapy in our experience, results are likely to be enhanced when blue, 405 nanometers, is added to the treatment.
Hamilton et al noted, “Overall, the results from trials of light alone were disappointing, but the trials of blue light, blue-red light and infrared radiation were more successful, particularly those using multiple treatments. Red-blue light was more effective than topical 5% benzoyl peroxide cream in the short term.” Click here to view the abstract.
Goldberg and Russell reported, “Combination blue and red LED therapy appears to have excellent potential in the tre”tment of mild to severe acne. Treatment appears to be both pain- and side effect-free.” Click here to view the abstract.
Borelli et al reported, “Treatment with blue light (405-420 nm wavelength) also appears effective and can be regarded as an treatment option for inflammatory acne.” Click here to view the abstract.
Charakida et al reported, “Studies examining the role of different wavelengths and methods of light treatment have shown that phototherapy with visible light, specifically blue light, has a marked effect on inflammatory acne lesions and seems sufficient for the treatment of acne. In addition, the combination of blue-red light radiation seems to be superior to blue light alone, with minimal adverse effects.” Click here to view the abstract.
Case Study – Psoriasis
“Willa” was a 55 year old female who had been experiencing severe psoriasis on both legs for many years. She was seen for 10 visits and treated with laser therapy, acupuncture and bio-electromagnetic therapies and instructed to follow a program which included raw foods, liver cleansing herbs, homeopathic detoxification and vitamin D. Legs and feet which had been cool became warm to touch. Psoriatic lesions diminished progressively, and skin has remained completely clear seven years laser.
Laser Therapy Research
- Acrodermatitis Continua
- Adipose Tissue Effects
- Allergic Purpura
- Alopecia – Hair Regrowth
- Anti-Aging – Aesthetics
- Antimicrobial Effects
- Burn Scars
- Dermatological – Aesthetics, Burns, Scars
- Epidermolysis Bullosa
- Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) and Blue Light
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
- Stretch Marks
- Wounds – Ulcers
Bio-electromagnetic Therapy Research