Med Laser 2018; 7(2): 97-101  
Argon Plasma: A New Approach for the Effective Treatment of Inflammatory Acne Vulgaris and Enlarged Pores in Asian Patients
Sung Bin Cho1,2, Hyun-Jo Kim1,3, Heesu Kim1, Kwang Ho Yoo1
1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology Research Center, International St. Mary’s Hospital, Catholic Kwandong University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea, 2Kangskin Dermatology Clinic, Seoul, Korea, 3CNP Skin Clinic, Cheonan, Korea
Correspondence to: Kwang Ho Yoo
Department of Dermatology, International St. Mary’s Hospital, Catholic Kwandong University College of Medicine, 25 Simgok-ro, Seo-gu, Incheon 22711, Korea
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Received: December 14, 2018; Accepted: December 17, 2018; Published online: December 30, 2018.
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Acne vulgaris is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the pilosebaceous units that usually begins in adolescence. This condition can lead to serious psychosocial problems, and can have adverse effects  on an individual’s quality of life. Enlarged pores are a common complication of acne. Although a variety of approaches can be used to treat inflammatory acne vulgaris and enlarged pores, the disadvantages of a long healing time, dyspigmentation, prolonged erythema, and pain make these treatments unsatisfactory, particularly in Asians. Gas molecules, such as nitrogen, helium, and argon, can be ionized into a high-energy state of matter called “plasma.” While plasma has recently been shown to elicit several therapeutic effects in dermatologic areas, there is no consensus regarding the optimal implementation for the treatment of inflammatory acne vulgaris and enlarged pores. In this study, two patients were treated with acne vulgaris and enlarged pore using argon plasma. After a few sessions, the patients showed almost complete improvement with no remarkable side effects or recurrence over the duration of a few months. The results suggest that argon plasma can be used effectively and safely for the treatment of acne vulgaris, particularly inflammatory lesions and enlarged pores, in Asian patients.
Keywords: Plasma; Argon; Acne vulgaris; Enlarged pore

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