A Multicenter Clinical Evaluation of the Treatment of Mild to Moderate Inflammatory Acne Vulgaris of the Face with Visible Blue Light in Comparison to Topical Clindamycin Antibiotic Solution

January 2005 | Volume 4 | Issue 1 | Original Article | 64 | Copyright © January 2005

Michael H. Gold MD, Jaggi Rao MD, Mitchel P. Goldman MD, Tancy M. Bridges NP, Virginia L. Bradshaw NP, Molly M. Boring NP, April N Guilder RN

Abstract
Background: Blue light sources have been shown to be effective in the treatment of mild to moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris lesions. Objective: We evaluated the safety and efficacy of a new blue light source in the treatment of mild to moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris in comparison to topical 1% clindamycin solution. Results: Blue light therapy reduced inflammatory acne vulgaris lesions by an average of 34%, as compared to 14% for topical 1% clindamycin solution. Conclusions: The blue light source presented in this report is a safe and effective treatment option available to our patients with mild to moderate inflammatory acne lesions.