Efficacy of “Intense Pulsed Light versus Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% Gel” in Treatment of Mild to Moderate Facial Acne Vulgaris in Iraqi patients Efficacy of “Intense Pulsed Light versus Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% Gel” in Treatment of Mild to Moderate Facial Acne Vulgaris in Iraqi patients

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Mohammad J. Al Abdullah
Yasameen Gheni Mahdi


Pulsed light, subjective, objective, clinical trial, facial acne, vulgaris, Iraqi patients


The Intense pulse light (IPL)  therapy has   three  mechanisms  of  action  in   acne   vulgaris; photo-chemical,  photo-immunological  and  photo-thermal. In this clinical trial forty seven patients with facial inflammatory acne lesion , their ages ranged from 15 to 40 years were  enrolled. Patients included in two groups, 20 patients in group A  treated with IPL for 3 sessions; 3 weeks apart, and  27 patients in group B treated with BPO 2.5% gel daily at night for 9 weeks. Follow up at 3 weeks after the end treatment. The effect of treatment  was evaluated objectively  according to  total lesion counting  and  digital  photographic  assessment   and  subjectively  according  to the  patients satisfaction. IPL is effective and well tolerated method in the   treatment    of    inflammatory  facial  acne  like  BPO. Therefore, the IPL can be used as standard therapy for Inflammatory acne vulgaris.

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