Fluorescence digital photography of acne using a light-emitting diode illuminator

Hyo Hyun Ahn, Soo Nam Kim, Young Chul Kye

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Background/purpose: The fluorescence findings of several dermatological diseases, such as erythrasma, tinea versicolor, and acne are helpful for diagnosis and follow-up. However, many experience difficulty taking photographic images of fluorescence. The aim of this study was to develop a 405 nm light-emitting diode (LED) system for fluorescence digital photography of acne and to determine whether such a diode can be used to evaluate acne. Methods: Eight healthy acne patients were compared with controls by fluorescence digital photography using a digital camera equipped with a 405 nm LED illuminator. Digital photographs were taken by two different ways of exposure, i.e. appropriate exposure level and longer exposure. One side of the nose, cheek, and glabella was compared. The numbers and extents of fluorescence dots were counted and measured. As normal controls, seven individuals with apparent oiliness and no acne were enrolled. Results: Red fluorescent facial dots were observed and photographed digitally using the 405 nm LED illuminator. These were more numerous and extensive on the glabella and cheeks of acne patients. Conclusion: Fluorescence digital photography of acne was successfully performed using a 405 nm LED illuminator. This illuminator could be used for acne evaluations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-291
Number of pages3
JournalSkin Research and Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Nov
Externally publishedYes


  • Acne
  • Diagnostic imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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