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ClearLight and ClearLight-PDT for acneClearLight is a special blue-light treatment that fights deep cysts and pus acne

What is ClearLight Acne Photoclearing?

ClearLight  uses non-invasive, high-intensity blue light to improve inflammatory acne, including red and pus bumps. It does not fix blackheads and whiteheads. With ClearLight/PDT prior to treatment, a medication is applied to cause the laser to target deep cysts and oil glands. In both treatments, the light activates bacteria-fighting compounds called porphyrins, starting a chemical reaction to produce peroxide, which destroys the P. acnes bacteria.

ClearLight or ClearLight/PDT should not be used if you are or have been using medication that prohibits exposure to sun, porphyria, have iron storage disorders, seizures, or photosensitivity diseases such as Lupus. Pregnant women may not be treated with ClearLight/PDT. Patients must wear protective eyewear during treatment as failure to do so may result in eye irritation.

How many treatments should I expect to have with ClearLight Acne Treatment?

It usually takes 8 treatments, either once or twice a week. It’s important to complete all treatments to achieve the desired results.

Will it hurt?

You’ll feel a mild to moderate warming sensation.

When will I start to see results?

Expect to see improvement by the 2nd-5th treatment.

How long will the results last?

ClearLight helps control acne for four to six months. After that, another treatment series may be necessary depending on the severity of your situation.

How well will the treatment work on me?

While every person is different, most people experience 70-80% correction of mild to moderate red bumps and pus bumps in 8 weeks. Blackheads and whiteheads are not affected. Approximately 15-20% of patients don’t improve due to other types of bacteria or causes of acne.

What about recovery time and any side effects?

No recovery time is necessary and the treatment does not cause side effects. Occasionally an acne flare up occurs between the second and sixth treatment, usually resolving before the last treatment.

Tell me more about the ClearLight/PDT Acne Treatment

The number of treatments is reduced to an average of 3-4 with 3-4 weeks between treatments is recommended for best results. Mild to moderate burning or stinging lasts up to 24 hours. Numbing cream is used.

Expect to see results after the second treatment. Improvement usually lasts 6-12 months or longer, if the treatment series is completed according to the recommended schedule. While the degree and length of improvement varies, approximately 15-20% of patients don’t experience any significant improvement.

You’ll experience swelling and redness for 2-5 days with some flaking, crusting or blisters that heal in 7 days. It’s normal to be sensitive to all forms of light, including sunlight, sunlight through car window glass, and indoor light for 72 hours.

ClearLight Instructions:

Dr. Elaine Cook will provide instructions at the time of treatment.

ClearLight Acne Treatment Instructions

Night before treatment:

·         Do not use Retin A, Retin A Micro, Differin, or Tazorac

·         Do not take any oral antibiotic (Minocin, Doxycycline, and Tetracycline).

Day of treatment

·         Do not take any oral antibiotic (Minocin, Doxycycline, and Tetracycline).

After treatment:

·         You may resume your Retin A, Retin A Micro, Differin, or Tazorac the evening after   treatment

·         You may resume your oral antibiotic (Minocin, Doxycycline and Tetracycline) the evening after treatment.

ClearLight/PDT Acne Treatment Instructions

Three nights before treatment:

·         Do not use Refissa, Retin A, Retin A Micro, Differin, or Tazorac

·         Do not take any oral antibiotic (Minocin, Doxycycline, and Tetracycline).

Day of treatment:

·         Do not use Perfecting Gel Mask, Clear Skin Serum, Correcting and Intensive Correcting Serums the morning of treatment

·         Do not take any oral antibiotic (Minocin, Doxycycline, and Tetracycline).

After treatment:

·         You will be extremely sensitive to all forms of light (sunlight, sunlight through car window glass, and even indoor light) for 72 hours after treatment. Sunscreens does not protect against this sensitivity. You should avoid all sun exposure, including sun exposure through car window glass

·         You may resume your acne surface treatment three days after treatment, or when redness or peeling has resolved

·         Sun exposure, tanning beds must be avoided and broad-spectrum sunscreen used daily for 3 weeks before and after treatment. Certain medications increase light sensitivity and may need to be temporarily discontinued

·         Do not pick at crusts.

Contact Dr. Elaine to determine if ClearLight is right for you. It’s an option that works for many people. We’ll help you determine the option that will give you the skin you’ve dreamed of.


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