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New in My Practice: Home Device

With Kaveri Karhade, MD

In each issue, Practical Dermatology® magazine spotlights a device or medication that dermatologists are recommending to patients. Here, Kaveri Karhade, MD, a dermatologist at Berman Skin Institute in San Francisco, tells readers how LUSTRE ClearSkin, a new blue light-based home device that can augment in-office acne care.

What is LUSTRE ClearSkin?

Kaveri Karhade, MD: LUSTRE ClearSkin is an at-home blue light device that functions similarly to a traditional in-office blue light treatment for acne but in a more mobile, accessible way. As certain wavelengths of blue light can exert an antimicrobial effect on the skin, LUSTRE ClearSkin can help with mild inflammatory acne.

How does LUSTRE ClearSkin compare to other home-based acne treatments and devices?

Dr. Karhade: As it is not a medication, LUSTRE ClearSkin does not cause the side effects that traditional over-the-counter acne treatments frequently can produce, such as dryness and irritation related to salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.

How do patients use the device?

Dr. Karhade: In general, the treatments are 20 minutes long with an auto-shut-off feature. The recommended treatment duration is for 12 weeks to see optimum results. Patients can then use the device thereafter when they experience the occasional flare-up.

What results can patients expect?

Dr. Karhade: Blue light therapy may be beneficial for those with mild inflammatory acne. With multiple regular treatments, overall reduction in the number and extent of acne lesions may be seen. Studies using LUSTRE ClearSkin showed a 75 percent reduction in inflammatory acne after 30 days of use and an 80 percent reduction in sebum production and pore size after 90 days of use. Individual results may vary.

Any risks/contraindications?

Dr. Karhade: Patients already using medication (oral or topical) should always refer to their practitioner before using a new treatment. Side effects are minimal, as the device is based on a noninvasive blue light LED therapy and is drug-free. However, a test spot on the arm is recommended prior to treatment as indicated in the manual.


New Products

Advanced Scar Control, SkinCeuticals

SkinCeuticals has introduced an occlusive treatment designed to protect vulnerable skin to help improve the appearance of scars. SkinCeuticals Advanced Scar Control delivers long-lasting occlusive protection for optimal scar care. Formulated with 95 percent silicones, combined with complementary soothing ingredients, the technology is clinically proven to improve scar’s overall appearance, reduce visible redness, soften and smooth scar texture, and reduce the intensity of scar discoloration. Advanced Scar Control is formulated for different types of scars, is appropriate for multiple skin tones, and complements surgical procedures. In clinical trials, subjects saw a significant improvement in new and recent scar redness, discoloration, and texture with a 29 percent improvement in overall appearance in just 12 weeks. Skinceuticals.com

15% Niacinamide Gel Serum, Sobel Skin RX

Sobel Skin RX launched a new 15% Niacinamide Gel Serum. This dermatologist-developed gel serum is powered by maximum-strength 15% niacinamide to minimize the look of pores, and revitalize, firm, and smooth the skin. Niacinamide can be added to a morning or evening skincare routine. After only a few uses, the skin will appear more supple with an even texture and skin tone. Sobel Skin RX was developed by Dr. Howard Sobel. Dr. Sobel combined his 30 years of experience with high-performing ingredients to fill a gap he saw in the skincare industry. drsobelskinrx.com

New Launches from Ghost Democracy

Ghost Democracy added two new products to its line this summer. The Peptide-Packed Dewy Toning Mist is a breakthrough, exceptionally clean toning mist that hydrates and gives skin a plumper, firmer appearance. It’s formulated with 2.6% Peptide Blend, 2.0% Blue-Green Algae Extract, 1.5% Niacinamide, and 0.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid to refresh skin for healthier-looking dewy skin. Cocoon Replenishing Ceramide Rich Cream is a silicone-free and oil-free rich moisturizer powered with unusually high concentrations of 2.2% Ceramide Blend, 17.0% Lipid Blend, 2.9% Squalane, and 1.0% Oat Seed Extract. The ultra-nourishing cream deeply moisturizes and replenishes skin to visibly improve skin smoothness and texture, the company says. It is non-greasy and quick-absorbing. ghostdemocracy.com

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