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Novel photopneumatic therapy for the treatment of rosacea.

Ann Dermatol. 2009 Aug;21(3):268-73

Authors: Kim JH, Chang SH, Cho MK, Kim BS

BACKGROUND: Rosacea is a common skin condition, but the currently available treatments are not satisfactory. OBJECTIVE: We wanted to assess the efficacy and safety of photopneumatic therapy (PPx), which delivers pneumatic energy and broadband light (400~1,200 nm), for the treatment of erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. METHODS: Twenty two patients with erythematotelangiectatic rosacea were treated 3~5 times with PPx. Three independent dermatologists evaluated the efficacy of PPx by comparing the photographs taken before and after treatment. Patient self-assessment was also done by interviews. RESULTS: The photographic assessment by the dermatologists of the improvement showed that >50% improvement occurred in 64% (14/22) of the patients. The specific categories of improvement were as follows: poor (<25% improvement), 1 patient; fair (25~50% improvement), 7 patients; good (50~75% improvement), 11 patients; and excellent (>75% improvement), 3 patients. Based on the patients' self-assessment, 20 patients (91%) acknowledged an improvement. CONCLUSION: PPx is an effective and safe treatment option for erythematotelangiectatic rosacea.

PMID: 20523801 [PubMed - in process]

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