Physical Modalities (Devices) in the Management of Acne

Dermatol Clin. 2016 Apr;34(2):215-23. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2015.11.003. Epub 2016 Feb 2.


Treatment options for acne vulgaris are enhanced by laser and light therapy. Both visible and laser light are effective treatments for acne. Visible light and many lasers target Propionibacterium acnes porphyrins while others act as anti-inflammatory mediators or reduce sebaceous gland activity. Compared with topical and systemic therapies, laser and light therapies have few if any side effects and appear to be safe during pregnancy. If patients prefer at home light treatments, several devices are currently available and have been shown to have efficacy. Ultimately, combining laser and light with topical therapy may well become the mainstay of acne treatment.

Keywords: Acne; Devices; Home Devices; Laser therapy; Light therapy; Treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / therapy*
  • Disease Management*
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / instrumentation*