Kleresca Acne Treatments

  • Best ResultsVariable
  • Treatment Recovery2-7 days
  • Procedure Time15 minutes
  • Skin SpecialistNot required
  • Duration of ResultsShort lived
  • AnaestheticNA
  • Back to Work0-3 Days
  • CostNot offered anymore. Read more.

Kleresca Acne Treatments

Kleresca® is a treatment that uses the principles of photodynamic therapy to treat acne. It is an exercise of marketing basic formulations of photoactive chemicals, activated by blue light. Regardless, it can be effective for some patients with zits, pimples, & nodules. It does not treat blackheads & whiteheads. Read more to understand why I am not a fan of this treatment.

FactsFacts on the Kleresca® Program for acne

  • Kleresca is an effective method for the treatment of inflammatory acne
  • It uses 2 spectrums of blue LEDs to activate a cream that kills bacteria
  • Kleresca is most effective if you suffer papular or pustular acne (AKA Zits)
  • This treatment is not effective in treating blackheads & whiteheads
  • The Kleresca Program consists of 12 treatments spanning over 6 weeks
  • In Australia it is unethically marketed as a cosmetic treatment 
  • Remission from acne is at best 6 months
  • There are far more effective, less costly treatment for acne

What is Kleresca?

Put simply it is an exercise in strategic marketing. Kleresca uses a gel that is sensitive to blue light. This gel is concentrated in the acne lesions, more specifically in the sebaceous or oil glands. This oil gland is rich in bacteria known as c.acnes.

The blue light source of Kleresca activates the gel within the oil gland, in turn causing oxidative stress to the bacteria. This also reduces oil production due to the collateral inflammation within the oil glands itself. Read more to understand why I am not a fan of this treatment. 

How long is the Kleresca Program and when can I expect to see results?

The program is over 6 weeks and consists of 12 treatments. 2 treatments are performed over a week. (You must leave at least one day in between treatments.)

Most patients notice an improvement within 4 weeks of treatment. Though the treatment cycle lasts 6 weeks, your acne may continue to improve after you stop the Kleresca Program.

Kleresca is not indicated for blackheads & whitehead acne. The remission rate (as per marketing guidelines) is 6 months at maximum. Hence expect to pay between $2400 to $4400 a year to maintain your results. Factor in 4 years of acne & you would have spent the greater part of 15K. This is why I don’t like the marketing principles behind Kleresca (seriously unethical marketing, aimed solely at company profits).

How is Kleresca performed?

Kleresca® is administered twice a week for six weeks. A nurse or practitioner will apply a topical orange gel that is illuminated under a multi-wavelength LED light for nine minutes. This is an in-clinic treatment.

Is this treatment painful?

No. The treatment offers you a comfortable experience- you will feel warmth on your skin during the procedure towards the end of your treatment.

Davin’s viewpoint on the Kleresca Program

Kleresca is a good example of marketing by pharmaceutical companies. I was involved in the early launch of this product under Leo Pharma. I used Kleresca for over 18 months in my practice to understand the protocols, side effects, & expected results both short & long term. Here are my thoughts-

Kleresca can be effective, but it is not suitable for everyone. This treatment is suited for patients who want an effective, safe, no downtime acne treatment that is relatively quick to work with little or no systemic side effects. The gripe I have with this treatment is the commercialisation of their target market. We know that remission is rarely seen with this treatment, hence patients may spend over 2-4 thousand dollars a year, for many years (this can be argued that the treatment is ideal for the company involved).

The marketing strategy of Kleresca targets inflammatory nodular cystic acne as their target patients. We know this cohort of patients are most prone to acne scarring & post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This subset of patients may undertake many months to years of non-medical treatments only to have more acne scars due to recurrence & chronicity of acne. Not cool, not ethical.

Ideally Kleresca should be combined with other acne treatments under the supervision of a medical dermatologist. Why? Because the aim of therapy is to provide long term solutions (not short-term cash to the company). Additionally, a medical dermatologist can step up the treatments should scarring occur. Though Kleresca marketing makes the point that this therapy has scar remodelling properties– namely low-level laser emission can also help improve early and mild acne scarring, the long term remission is in doubt. 

I am not against clinics providing acne solutions for patients, what I dislike about Kleresca & their marketing is that they target the patients who are more prone to long term acne scars & recurrence of their acne. This is the primary reasoning why I do not endorse the ethics of this company.

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