Kleresca For Acne Scars

Kleresca For Acne Scars At A Glance

  • Best Results12+ sessions (For real?)
  • Treatment Recovery1-2 days
  • Procedure Time20 min
  • Skin SpecialistDermal therapist
  • Duration of ResultsExtremely Variable
  • AnaestheticNil required
  • Back to Work1 day
  • Cost$$$

Kleresca For Acne Scars

Klesesca is a new name for an old acne treatment. It involves treating acne & acne scars with light sensitive chemicals called porphyrins. In the case of Kleresca this gel has been given a fancy name of Biophotonic Gel. The treatment has minimal effects on established scars, in fact, retinoid preparations gives better results at a fraction of the cost. This treatment has merit for those seeking a novel treatment.

FactsFacts on Kleresca For Acne & Acne Scars

  • This is a form of photodynamic therapy
  • PDT uses a light sensitive agent
  • This chemical is termed Biphotonic Gel by the marketing company of Kleresca
  • Blue light activates the chemical, in turn reducing oil production
  • This treatment can reduce active acne
  • Blue light has marginal effects on established acne scars
  • Kleresca should not be used on patients with scarring acne

What is Kleresca?

This is the trade name for a very old, but well known acne treatment. Kleresca is basically the same as Photodynamic Therapy.

A gel is used that contains light sensitive chemicals known as porphyrins. This chemical gets activated by blue & red light (in the context of Kleresca, it is blue). This is why acne improves with natural sunlight.

The aim of Kleresa is preferential absorption of the Biophotonic gel in the oil or sebaceous gland. The blue light lamp activates the chemical, & the oil gland gets nuked. Simple. What they don’t tell you is that c.acnes, the bacteria implicated in acne, is also sensitive to blue & red light. Normal light exposure or better still, LED or IPL filtered light can give similar results without the gel.

Does Kleresca actually work?

Yes, PDT or photodynamic therapy (another name for Kleresca) has been used for well over 20 years by dermatologists to treat acne. By itself any source of blue light, such as IPL filer, Omnilux, Healite, even sunlight can improve acne. This is because blue, & red light activates chemicals produced by c.acnes, the bacteria associated with acne spots.

Does Kleresca treat acne scars?

Here is the catch. Any effective acne treatment will improve early scarring. In fact over the counter Adapalene Gel (Differin) that cost $22 USD will give better results than spending over two grand on Kleresca.

This means that if Kleresca works for your acne, you may get some improvement in mildly atrophic acne scars. I am aware of the marketing claims of increasing collagen by over 400%, however it is general consensus that this quantifiable increase in dermal collagen does not result in significant remodelling of acne scars.

Is Kleresca permanent?

No- that is why results are not studied beyond 6 months. Remission is only seen when the sebaceous glands are destroyed or permanently shrunk down with chemicals. If the PDT or ALA (Biphotonic Gel) concentration is high enough, there may be some destruction of the follicle.

In most cases if significant destruction is seen, the treatment will be very painful. Clinical performed PDT hurts- this is due to oxidation.

Davin’s Viewpoint On Kleresca & Acne Scars

It is not that Kleresca does not work. On the contrary, dermatologists have been performing photodynamic therapy for the management of recalcitrant acne for decades. The marketing of this product by Leo Pharmaceuticals must be congratulated as it has turned medical management of moderate to severe acne into a commercial venture.

What I dislike about the marketing of Kleresca is the fact that the most important predictive factor for acne scarring is the time taken to effectively control the condition. It is different if Kleresca is marketed for open pores & blackheads as this is cosmetic. Every patient (or in Leo’s eyes ‘client’ or ‘customer’) that has uncontrolled acne has a very high chance of scarring. The marketing behind this product suggests that people should ‘have 12 or more sessions’ before making a clinical decision if Kleresca is right for them or not! Not cool, like i said, it is different if we are talking about wrinkles, or open pores.

Moderate to severe acne has the potential to cause a lifetime of scarring. Promoting cosmetic treatments targeted at this subgroup of acne is, in my opinion, in-correct & not ethical marketing.

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