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Lasers Med Sci. 2022 Dec 23;38(1):17. doi: 10.1007/s10103-022-03685-y.


Rosacea is difficult to treat. Therefore, new alternative modalities are necessary to demonstrate. The present study was conducted to assess the efficacy and safety of the combined therapy of 5-aminolevulinic acid photodynamic therapy (ALA-PDT) and intense pulsed light (IPL) for rosacea to provide a new treatment option for rosacea. The study was conducted from November 2017 to April 2019 at the Department of Dermatology, The First Hospital of China Medical University. Patients aged 18-65 years and diagnosed clinically as erythematotelangiectatic (ET) or papulopustular (PP) rosacea were enrolled. Three times of ALA-PDT at 10 days interval followed by 3 times of IPL at 3-4 weeks interval were defined as 1 session and applied to the whole face of each patient. ALA-PDT: 5% ALA, red light (fluency dose 60-100 mW/cm2, 20 min); IPL: 560/590/640 nm, double/triple-pulse mode, pulse width 3.0 to 4.5 ms, delay time 30-40 ms, energy fluency 14-17 J/cm2. Ten patients were enrolled in the study. Among them, 4 patients received only 1 session, while 6 patients received 2 sessions. After all treatments, 50% of patients achieved 75-100% improvement, and 30% achieved 50-75% improvement. Forty percent of patients were graded very satisfaction and 30% graded moderate satisfaction. All noninvasive measurements showed no significant differences among all time points (p > 0.05). The side effects were pain, burning sensation, itching, erythema, desquamation, slight edema, slight exudation, and hyperpigmentation. All of which were tolerable and recovered in a few days. The combined therapy of ALA-PDT and IPL showed an effective option for rosacea with a safety profile.

PMID:36562857 | DOI:10.1007/s10103-022-03685-y

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