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Pointers With Portela: Accutane vs Red Light Therapy for Acne


In this week’s Pointers With Portela, the 208SkinDoc compares Accutane to 5 Aminolevulinic acid with red light therapy.

"So far, there has yet to be a drug or other treatment method that can rival the effects of Accutane on clearing your acne and keeping you clear over the long-term," said Dustin Portela, DO, in his most recent YouTube episode, "Will This Treatment be the End of Accutane." Portela, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at Treasure Valley Dermatology in Boise, Idaho, compares Accutane (isotretinoin) and 5 Aminolevulinic acid with red light therapy for the treatment of acne.

Some of Portela's key highlights include:

  • The effectiveness of both therapies
  • The adverse effects of both therapies
  • What is red light therapy?
  • Patient experiences

Opinions expressed are that of Portela and do not express the views or opinions of Dermatology Times®.

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