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The rapid effect of pulsed dye laser on demodex density of facial skin.

J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2018 Jun 08;:1-4

Authors: Ertaş R, Yaman O, Akkuş MR, Özlü E, Avcı A, Ulaş Y, Ozyurt K, Atasoy M

BACKGROUND: Recently, treatment with acaricides, which is aimed at reducing excessive proliferation of demodex mites, has gained popularity due to its providing a significant improvement in the symptoms of diseases, such as rosacea, seborrhoeic dermatitis, and perioral dermatitis. The effect of IPL on demodex mites was reported in skin biopsy specimens in three patients; however, to the best of our knowledge, no study exists to date, which evaluates the effect of pulsed dye laser (PDL) on demodex density (Dd) in larger patient group. We aim here in to observe the Dd before and after PDL therapy with two different skin biopsy techniques.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-one patients diagnosed with rosacea were included in the study who received PDL treatment. Dds which were measured by using both the SSSB (standardized skin surface biopsy) and CTM (cellophane tape method) techniques before and after 3 weeks of PDL therapy were evaluated.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: The Dd of patients before PDL treatment was 13.0 (interquartile range (IQR): 5.0-28.0) and after 3 weeks of PDL treatment it was 6.0 (IQR: 3.0-12.0) with SSSB. After PDL treatment, the Dd was significantly lower than pretreatment the Dd (p = 0.002). The present study shows that PDL significantly reduced Dd in facial skin with one session.

PMID: 29883220 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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