ABSTRACT ON ACNE

Self-diagnosis of Mild-to-Moderate Acne for Self Treatment with Blue Light Therapy.
Gold MH, Andriessen A, Biron J.

This study was an evaluation of self-applied, blue light, light-emitting diode therapy in the treatment of mild-to-moderate inflammatory acne on the face and associated labeling to determine if subjects are capable of self diagnosing their condition and whether they are capable of self-administrating treatment. Subjects included had no prior experience with the device. They were given the device and a copy of the labeling. Based on their own assessment, they were evaluated for their comprehension of the device and for its intended use. The study, which comprised 18 females and three males with an average age of 31, demonstrated that all participants (100%) were capable of correctly identifying their acne condition. The labeling, which was key to educating users in recognizing their acne type, included clear descriptions of different categories of acne. The study also demonstrated that the user was capable of self administering the treatment based solely on the device’s labeling and without the supervision of a medical doctor.