NEW YORK — When the Food and Drug Administration cleared ClearLight high intensity light as a treatment for adult acne in August, those in search of a drug-free acne-fighting alternative were offered a glimmer of hope — without the jar....
NEW YORK — When the Food and Drug Administration cleared ClearLight high intensity light as a treatment for adult acne in August,those in search of a drug-free acne-fighting alternative were offered a glimmer of hope — without the jar. ClearLight devices are now entering select dermatologists across the country, with Manhattan being on the short list of cities currently offering the new service. The ClearLight technology, developed by CureLight Ltd., and distributed by medical device manufacturer Lumenis of Yokneam, Isreal, uses a different wavelength than skin-damaging ultra-violet light. It uses blue light, which triggers the bacteria that causes acne to increase the production of porphyrins, a naturally-occurring toxic substance that fights acne. Recommended for inflammatory acne — as opposed to cystic acne or common blackheads and whiteheads — patients should receive eight treatments over a span of four weeks. Results are said to last four to eight months. In a study performed by SUNY–Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, two groups of patients were irradiated twice a week with ClearLight, either on the forehead or the cheek for 20 minute sessions. After eight treatments, the study showed that 80 percent of patients demonstrated a significant reduction in acne. Photographs showed that 70 percent of the patients with mild to moderate acne showed significant improvement at reducing the number of inflammatory lesions. ClearLight costs between $75 to $200 a treatment, depending on the doctor, making a one-month regimen cost approximately $600 to $1,600.Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank of Manhattan is one of the first cosmetic dermatologists in the U.S. to offer ClearLight. Dr. Frank said he heard about the wonders of ClearLight from his European friends last year.While ClearLight was only cleared for use in the U.S. in August, ClearLight was introduced in Europe in the second half of 2001, said Lumenis chief financial officer, Kevin Morano.In studies, ClearLight didn’t reveal any side effects commonly connected with acne drugs. Topical treatments, for example, containactive ingredients that initially can exacerbate acne inflammation. Acne, a disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin, is estimated to affect more than 80 percent of the world's population at some time during their life.According to Morano, 30 percent of all dermatologist visits each year are for acne related causes and, in the U.S., more than $1.4 billion is spent on anti-acne medications and treatments. Morano expects 400 ClearLight machines to be distributed in the U.S. within the next year. A product manager for ClearLight said 100 machines are now being sent to dermatologists across the country.But competitive products may not be far behind. Dr. Frank said he is currently evaluating other laser light sources, such asMedLite and V-Beam, to treat similar acne conditions. The MedLite laser was developed for the removal of tattoos and age spots and acne scars; V-Beam was designed to zap away red spots. Dr. Frank has found that both also help acne. "It happened serendipitously. I was using them to get rid of subtle acne scars and I started to see patients’ acne improving."
“I grew up in New York but I hadn’t really experienced the city in any type of touristy way…This was probably the first museum I really explored and took the time to see,” said @haileybaldwin of the @whitneymuseum. On Tuesday night, Baldwin was joined by Jemima Kirke and more at the annual Whitney Museum Gala and Studio Party, which honored Lorna Simpson, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Beth Rudin DeWoody. See more photos on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
Displayed starting this week at the @fashiontextilemuseum: An exhibition on designer @orlakiely titled “Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern,” which spans two decades and contains more than 150 pieces. “I want people to come away loving pattern and print. It’s something that makes you feel so good,” said the designer during a preview of the exhibit. Also on show are mood boards, samples, sketches and more. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)