According to the American Association of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting 40 million to 50 million Americans – including 20% of adults and 70% of teenagers. Anyone who suffers from acne is familiar with the multi-faceted regimen of topicals, masks, cleansers, pills and prescriptions; for millions of Americans, the complicated battle may be ending soon.
Verilux, the healthy lighting company, has good news with its latest light therapy product, the ClearWave Phototherapy System for Acne, an affordable, drug- and chemical-free solution for those with blemish-prone skin, now available exclusively on Verilux.com and at Brookstone mall stores.
The ClearWave is a lightweight, easy-to-use solution that employs blue light technology to target acne-causing bacteria without the side effects that can accompany many oral or topical treatments. Blue light is ideal for sensitive skin; it does not cause the itching, burning, drying, flaking or sun sensitivity associated with some acne medications.
“Verilux has been researching the benefits of full-spectrum light and light therapy for more than 50 years,” said Verilux CEO Ryan Douglas. “Incorporating blue light technology into our ClearWave skin care line was a natural evolution to our light therapy solutions.”
Why It Works. The ClearWave Phototherapy System for Acne emits a specific wavelength of blue light that painlessly destroys acne-causing bacteria in skin pores without harming the surrounding tissue. Blue light therapy is clinically proven and dermatologist recommended to treat inflamed pimples, pustules, whiteheads and blackheads.
One study on the clinical efficacy of self-applied blue light therapy for mild to moderate facial acne[i] concluded that daily self-treatment of a blue light therapy device significantly reduced the number of acne lesions. Subjects in the study were able to perform self-treatment safely, effectively and with confidence.
How to Use It. Simply press a single button and gently place the treatment head of the ClearWave Phototherapy System for Acne to the affected area. The device automatically detects contact with the skin and dispenses a soothing, three-minute application of therapeutic blue light. An additional three-minute cycle can be completed in the same location for more stubborn acne.
Ergonomically-designed, the device measures less than 7” tall and 1.5” wide and features a rechargeable battery pack and stand-up charging stand, making it practical for use in small dorm rooms, at home or even on the road. The ClearWave Phototherapy System for Acne comes with a replaceable natural spectrum LED head. Each treatment head lasts for 600 applications, and a smart display tracks the number of applications remaining.
Availability. The ClearWave Phototherapy System for Acne is available at Verilux.com and at Brookstone mall locations and retails for $149.95; replacement heads are $34.95 apiece.