What is ClearLight™? How does it work?
ClearLight™ uses high-intensity blue-violet light to activate bacteria-fighting porphyrins which start a chemical reaction producing peroxide and destroy acne causing P. acnesbacteria.
What happens during treatment?
There is a slight warm sensation during the 20 minute treatment.
How many treatments are needed?
A total of 8 treatments, spaced at least 48 hours apart. It is important have all treatments to see maximum results.
How effective is ClearLight™?
ClearLight™ effectively clears 70% of the red bumps and pus bumps of mild to moderate inflammatory acne in 8 weeks. An occasional patient will have a flare up sometime between the 2nd and 5th treatment, which should resolve with continued treatment.
Are your patients pleased with the results?
Yes, in our practice in Vancouver, ClearLight™ is very popular.
Will I be acne-free at the end of ClearLight™ treatments?
No, although most patients are much improved. Blackheads and whiteheads are not cleared with ClearLight™.
Some patients experience residual redness where an inflamed blemish was located, which will go away over time.
Does everyone get better with ClearLight™?
Approximately 15-20% of patients won’t improve due to other types of bacteria.
Are the results permanent?
Monthly maintainance ClearLight™ treatments usually help control acne breakouts for four to six months; after that another treatment series may be necessary.
Is ClearLight™ safe? Are there any side effects?
ClearLight™ is one of the safest acne treatments available. The blue-violet light penetrates just deep enough to reach the acne, and doesn’t harm the surrounding skin. There are no known side effects.
Who can be treated with ClearLight™?
ClearLight™ is very effective on mild to moderate inflammatory acne. Pregnant women and people with photo sensitivities should consult with technician before treatment.
Do patients need to prepare their skin before ClearLight™ treatment?
Yes. You should not use Retin A® / Differin® / Tazorac® or take a Tetracycline antibiotics the night before treatment. You may resume your acne treatment the evening of treatment.
Are ClearLight™ treatments FDA approved?
Yes. ClearLight™ was the first device to receive FDA clearance for the safe and effective treatment of moderate inflammatory acne.
How do home blue light devices compare with ClearLight™?
Home blue light devices are much less powerful than ClearLight™. Treatment times are longer and results are significantly less.