Clearly Speaking

A new, first-of-its-kind technology is literally changing the faces, bodies and lives of those battling acne. Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank weighs in.
AviClear laser treatment dramatically reduces acne and minimizes future breakout episodes. Photography by Leandro Silva
AviClear laser treatment dramatically reduces acne and minimizes future breakout episodes. Photography by Leandro Silva

While many people associate acne with puberty, it actually impacts the lives of up to 50 million Americans, young and old. For a condition so widely known to take a toll on both the physical and emotional aspects of sufferers, a safe, prescription-free solution seemed way overdue.

This year, a breakthrough treatment finally arrived. Enter AviClear, the first-of-its-kind, FDA-cleared energy device offering a safe, prescription-free solution for the treatment of mild, moderate and severe acne. So how does it work? This innovative laser treatment selectively targets and suppresses the sebaceous glands, which produce sebum (the oily substance on the skin) that can cause and worsen breakouts.

“In addition to reducing existing acne, clinical trials show that AviClear minimizes future breakout episodes, making them shorter, less intense and more infrequent,” explains cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank. “The device is also effective in reducing red acne scars and overall oily skin.”

While many of those battling acne are on oral medication and prescription creams, AviClear is a great option for patients with skin sensitive to topical therapies and those who want to avoid oral medications, such as antibiotics or isotretinoin for long periods of time.

“AviClear has been proven safe and effective for all skin types and skin tones with a pain level rating scale of approximately three out of 10,” continues Dr. Frank.

Despite many options for acne, AviClear has set the gold standard in prescription-free acne treatment. “Unlike other options, AviClear gives doctors and their patients a prescription-free tool in their acne clearance arsenal, with results continuing to improve over time, demonstrating the treatment’s long-term efficacy,” says Dr. Frank.  

As for results, the proof is in the data. Clinical data showed patients’ acne improved dramatically at three months and even more so at the six-month marker, after the last of three treatments. Given the safe, relatively painless experience surrounding this high-impact and possibly life-changing treatment, it’s safe to say that AviClear is slated to become the tool of choice in the battle against acne.