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.

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