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THE LATEST ADVANCES IN PREVENTION AND TREATMENT SPECIAL REPORT New Acne Cures
Radio frequencies aren't just for radio stations. In a new study, 28 people with moderate to severe acne underwent a 30-minute radio-frequency skin procedure using a device called ThermaCool TC. Most had significantly clearer skin, and acne scars became less visible.

ThermaCool TC is FDA-approved for treating wrinkles but has yet to be cleared for acne. Doctors are not sure how the treatment clears up pimples. They do know that it shrinks the skin to eliminate wrinkles. In the process, it may be shrinking oil glands as well. That would decrease their output of pore-clogging oil and sebum.

Like lasers, ThermaCool TC generates heat under the skin and should be effective. "Radio frequency is a reliable, intense, and sustained form of energy," says Javier Ruiz-Esparza, MD, researcher and president of the International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons in San Diego.

CONTRIBUTORS KASIA DAWIDOWSKA, JORDAN MATUS, PAULA RASICH, JUDITH SPRINGER RIDDLE, ERIN VERKLER

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By E.V.

Edited by Sari Harrar

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