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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 618206, 10 pages
Clinical Study

Unconventional Use of Intense Pulsed Light

1Department of Dermatology, University of L’Aquila, Via Vetoio, Coppito 2, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
2Italian Society of Laser Dermatology (SILD), Via Nicolò dall’Arca 7, 70121 Bari, Italy
3Department of Dermatology, University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Italy
4Department of Dermatology, University of Bologna, Italy
5Laboratory for Investigative Dermatology, The Rockefeller University, New York City, USA

Received 6 February 2014; Revised 15 June 2014; Accepted 16 June 2014; Published 3 September 2014

Academic Editor: Silvia Moretti

Copyright © 2014 D. Piccolo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


According to the literature, intense pulsed light (IPL) represents a versatile tool in the treatment of some dermatological conditions (i.e., pigmentation disorders, hair removal, and acne), due to its wide range of wavelengths. The authors herein report on 58 unconventional but effective uses of IPL in several cutaneous diseases, such as rosacea (10 cases), port-wine stain (PWS) (10 cases), disseminated porokeratosis (10 cases), pilonidal cyst (3 cases), seborrheic keratosis (10 cases), hypertrophic scar (5 cases) and keloid scar (5 cases), Becker’s nevus (2 cases), hidradenitis suppurativa (2 cases), and sarcoidosis (1 case). Our results should suggest that IPL could represent a valid therapeutic support and option by providing excellent outcomes and low side effects, even though it should be underlined that the use and the effectiveness of IPL are strongly related to the operator’s experience (acquired by attempting at least one specific course on the use of IPL and one-year experience in a specialized centre). Moreover, the daily use of these devices will surely increase clinical experience and provide new information, thus enhancing long-term results and improving IPL effectiveness.