Review: Claro IPL Acne Clearing Device
You’ve heard of the IPL Photofacial, famed for its anti-wrinkle and toning capabilities for aging skin. Enter Claro&trade IPL Acne Clearing Device, a new product that harnesses the power of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to treat acne. The Claro is the only at-home IPL device approved by the FDA at reducing 98.4% of p.acnes, the bacteria that causes acne’s growth and persistence. Claro is touting its product as a solution for anyone that suffers from mild to moderate acne, without having to visit a dermatologist or skincare specialist. We wanted to know just how well Claro compared to professional-grade treatments, and whether it’s worth the $195 splurge.
How Does the Claro™ IPL Acne Clearing Device Work?
IPL Technology. The Claro utilizes advanced IPL technology to treat blemishes and breakouts. While it’s great for pastules and papules that characterize mild to moderate acne, there’s no evidence to suggest that the Claro is effective at treating the cysts and nodules of severe acne. The IPL is emitted in brief flashes of light over the blemish. The IPL itself includes three different types of light that work in conjunction with each other for ultimate acne-fighting power:
- Blue Light: This low-level light stimulates increased oxygen production, an essential component of healthy circulation and healing. Oxygen also attacks the bacteria that causes acne—p.acnes.
- Red Light. The red light emits 600 nanometers of light to soothe the telltale signs of a pimple: inflammation, redness, and soreness while speeding up the skin’s natural healing process.
- Infra-Red Energy: At 700 nanometers, the highest level of heat kills the bacteria while allowing the blue light to penetrate the skin even more deeply.
Claro™ IPL Acne Clearing Device Versus Professional Skincare Treatments
Light is commonly used in professional acne treatments. Many patients and professionals prefer it to antibiotics and topical medications that tend to dry out and otherwise react on the skin. Blue Light Therapy is very popular for acne treatment—like the Claro, it uses a spectrum of light to target acne bacteria. The IPL Photofacial is often recommended for adult acne, because in addition to acne it also treats wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and sagging skin. Similarly, Thermage uses light to target acne while also building collagen to promote acne scar healing.
While the Claro is certainly advanced for an at-home device, it simply can’t compare to the strength and effectiveness of an acne treatment performed with professional-grade tools by a certified skincare specialist. And when you’re talking upwards of $200, it may be worthwhile to put that money toward a series of proven in-office treatments rather than one developed for home use only.
Scheduling Your Acne Treatment
If you’d like to learn more about any of the acne light treatments mentioned above, contact our representatives today. We’ll happily set you up with a complimentary consultation with a certified skincare expert in your area. During your consultation, you’ll be able to further discuss your acne condition and with the help of a professional, decide on the best course of treatment for your skin.
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