Effect of intense pulsed light on topical steroid-dependent facial dermatitis

Parineeta Maria, Nitin Mishra, Madhur Rastogi, Pratik Gahalaut

Abstract


Objective To study the efficacy of intense pulsed light (IPL) in the treatment of topical steroid induced dermatitis.

 

Methods A total of 40 patients were selected for study based on the inclusion and exclusion criterion. They were subjected to IPL (560nm, 20J/cm2) at an interval of 3 weeks for 3 doses. The response was evaluated by telangiectasia count, dermatology life quality index (DLQI) scoring and 10-point visual analogue scale (VAS) for erythema and telangiectasia. Statistical analysis was done using SPSS 22.00.

 

Results After three sittings, there was significant reduction in telangiectasia count and VAS erythema and telangiectasia compared to baseline (P<0.001). After treatment, DLQI also showed significant improvement with a band shift from very large effect to small effect on patient’s quality of life.

 

Conclusion IPL significantly reduces erythema and telangiectasia of steroid-induced facial dermatitis and results in significant improvement in patients’ quality of life.


Keywords


Rosacea, IPL, telangiectasia

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