Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

APR 2018

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47 JCAD JOURNAL OF CLINICAL AND AESTHETIC DERMATOLOGY April 2018 • Volume 11 • Number 4 O R I G I N A L R E S E A R C H the pulse width was significantly less than the TRT value (>10ms), which improves safety of the treatment, considering the photo- type, without compromising the density of the emitted energy. This helps maintain high efficacy and precision in the light–tissue interaction. The unique feature of our study is that IPL therapy was applied as a monotherapy for inflammatory acne vulgaris, keeping fluence, pulse mode, and frequency of the sessions constant with satisfactory results. This is the first study to our knowledge in which energy was delivered in continuous and double- pulse modes, one after the other, on the same day for six treatment sessions without any adverse effects. There have been a few studies assessing the use of IPL therapy in inflammatory acne in the literature; however, our study included the largest cohort of patients (n=100). 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