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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 1,014
Online ISSN 1827-1820
ACNE AND ROSACEA: UPDATE IN 2009
Department of Dermatology, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Acne is a multifactorial disease of the pilosebaceous units of the face and trunk, most commonly affecting young adolescents. Acne still represents the most common concern in dermatologic consultations and despite aggressive multi-treatment regimens, many patients demonstrate a poor response. A number of recent studies have evaluated the role of laser and light therapy in the treatment of acne vulgaris, with variable clinical outcomes. Among them, a 1450 nm diode laser has been shown to improve refractory acne in a clinical setting. The content of this manuscript draws upon current literature and will critically review the role of mid-infrared lasers as adjunctive therapy for acne.