Light therapy has long been used as a short term treatment for acne. iClear is a medical device that uses LED (Light Emitting Devices) technology which uses deep penetrating light therapy (405-420 nm), generated by purpose built flourescent lighting, dichroic bulbs, LEDs or lasers. iClear light therapy irradiates porphyrin (a toxin produced by P.acnes - acne bacteria). Free radicals are produced. If treatment is applied over several days, these free radicals can kill bacteria that cause acne.
Since porphyrins are not otherwise present in skin, and no UV (Ultra Violet) light is employed, it appears to be safe, and has been licensed by the U.S. FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration).
You will lie down while a light is applied close to your skin. Treatments are painless, relaxing and typically take about 30minutes. Side effects are mild. 8 sessions may be needed over a month’s time.
Used twice weekly, iClear can reduce the number of acne lesions. Results are even better if a mixture of iClear blue light and Omnilux red or yellow light is used. Few side effects are experienced. Results are longer lived when compared to topical or oral antibiotic acne treatments. Conjunction with microdermabrasion also improves results.
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The cost of this procedure varies according to the areas that require treatment and whether the area is treated alone or in conjunction with other areas. (This is most common).
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