Title : Efficacy of hydrogen purification and cosmetic acids in the treat-ment of acne vulgaris; A preliminary report.
Acne vulgaris and skin lesions that appear in its course deteriorate the quality of life of patients, cause depression, and the appearance of suicidal thoughts. Cosmetic treatments can have a positive effect on improving skin condition by cleaning up skin eruptions, thus improving the well-being of affected people. Hydrogen purification is a treatment that uses alkaline water generated by the device, which reduces sebum from the surface of the epidermis. This is a novel treatment that has recently been introduced to beauty salons. On the other hand, cosmetic acids have been used for many years for treating people with acne vulgaris and give spectacular results in terms of improving the skin condition. In this study, skin condition was evaluated with a Derma Unit SSC 3 device (Sebumeter SM 815, Corneometer CM 825). The Global Acne Grading System (GAGS) was used to assess acne vulgaris and skin properties. Twenty-four women aged 19-21 years (M = 20.13, SD = 0.80) diagnosed with mild acne vulgaris and a high sebum level (more than 100 μg/cm2) participated in the study. Group A underwent a hydrogen purification treatment using an H2jet manipulator, which ejected alkaline water from the manipulator under pressure. Group B underwent a hydrogen purification treatment with the use of a mixture of phytic, pyruvic, lactic and ferulic acids at 40% (pH 1.4). A series of 4 treatments was performed at 14-day intervals in group A and group B. Skin parameters were measured before and 30 days after the end of treatment. Very good results were obtained in both groups. There was a reduction in skin eruptions in patients, a reduction in the amount of sebum on the surface of the epidermis, and an improvement in skin hydration. However, in group B, the results were better than in group A. The study showed that the synergy of the treatments produced much better effects than those obtained by completing the hydrogen purification treatment alone.