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Acne/Blue Light Treatments


Appearing as early as the pre-teen years and sometimes continuing well into the 30s, acne can be bothersome for a broad range of individuals. There are many causes of acne, and one of the most common is the overproduction of bacteria called propionibacterium acnes, which produces chemicals called porphyrins. These chemicals develop deep within the pores, creating pimples, discoloration, and blotching. More than just unsightly, this skin condition can be the cause of self-consciousness, scarring, and discomfort. While there are an abundant number of available acne medications, including both topical and oral options, Dr. Eugenie Brunner, our experienced facial plastic surgeon and laser expert in Princeton, NJ, often recommends a series of laser treatments called blue light therapy. This is a type of IPL (intense pulsed light) that can help to reduce the incidence of breakouts and oil production that lead to blemishes, with the added potential to provide long-term results. To learn more about laser acne treatment, visit


Blue intense pulsed light is an advanced technology that uses a high intensity, narrow band of light to deliver energy into the targeted area. By focusing the blue light into the porphyrins, free radicals will begin to form and selectively destroy the bacteria, typically without causing harm to surrounding tissue. As a result, skin condition usually will improve and clinical signs of acne should diminish. Dr. Brunner, located in Princeton, NJ, recommends patients undergo a minimum of one to two blue IPL treatments per week for approximately eight weeks to optimize effects, and she will develop a customized treatment plan that addresses each individual’s unique concerns. Most acne blue light sessions last about 15-20 minutes, depending on the number of areas to be treated. There is usually no downtime for this therapy, and most people return to normal activities immediately.

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Double Board Certified: Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery & Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

Most Comprehensive Skin Rejuvenation Laser Center in Central New Jersey

Dr. Eugenie Brunner, winner of NJ Top Docs Award in 2020, Princeton, NJ.

Top Doctor 2020 - NJ TopDocs

Dr. Eugenie Brunner selected as New Jersey's top plastic surgeon in 2020

Select Surgeon's Top Plastic Surgeon in New Jersey for Laser Resurfacing and Tattoo Removal

Thousands of Cosmetic Facial Plastic Procedures Performed

Dr. Eugenie Brunner was awarded the Castle-Connolly Award

Castle Connolly - NEW YORK METRO AREA

Castle Connolly Top Doctor for more than 10 years (2009-2022) in Cosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery

Patients' Choice Award for Favorite Physician

2010, 2011, 2016-2020

Town Topics Readers' Choice Awards

2018, 2019, 2021

Fellow, American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

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Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Dr. Eugenie Brunner won the compassionate Dr. award in 2020, New Jersey.

Compassionate Doctor Award 2020

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Dr. Brunner was recently recognized by Castle Connolly as one of the Top Doctors for the New York Metro Area.

Castle Connolly is a premier category of excellence in American medicine, and Dr. Brunner has been recognized fourteen years in a row.

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