CLRS Technology announced the CLARO acne-clearing device received marketing clearance by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of mild to moderate inflammatory acne. CLARO, the first hand-held device to use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for treatment of acne, will be available by prescription January 2009 from medical professionals, including dermatologists, family practitioners and pediatricians.
"CLARO represents a new option for women and men of all ages who suffer from inflammatory acne," said Richard Oberreiter, CEO and Founder, CLRS Technology. "Unlike other at-home devices on the market for acne treatment, CLARO uses clinically proven Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, combining heat and light to clear acne fast."
CLARO is the company's first entry into the $225 million home device category, a dynamic part of the personal care market. According to Medical Insight Inc., the category is anticipated to grow to $1 billion in sales by 2012 as major corporations enter the field, including Palomar with Gillette, Syneron and Procter & Gamble and Light BioScience with L'Oreal.
"I am very impressed with the science and engineering behind CLARO and believe it will be an important tool for anyone who struggles to clear their chronic or stubborn acne," said Dr. Ronald Moy Former Co-Chief of the Department of Dermatology and Chief of Dermatologic Surgery, UCLA and the lead investigator for CLARO clinical studies. "As physicians, we prescribe a variety of topical and oral treatments to fight acne, but people still experience the frustrations of flare-ups that wreck havoc on their self-esteem and their social life. My patients will be thrilled to have the efficacy of professional IPL technology in treating acne safely at their own convenience, whenever they need to."
Using proprietary technology, CLARO delivers a series of light pulses in 6 seconds that safely penetrate the skin to eliminate the bacteria that cause acne and reduce inflammation. Clinical studies demonstrate a 94.8% decrease in p. acnes bacteria after just one treatment.