Do you suffer from acne?

Would you like to participate in a clinical research study for those struggling to clear their acne?

We are inviting you to take part in a clinical research study for people between the ages of 16-50 who suffer from acne. Compensation up to $1000 for time and travel may be provided. Compensation available may vary by site. In addition, all study-related visits, tests, and potential treatment will be provided at no cost. No health insurance is required.

The Acne Study is evaluating the safety and efficacy of a laser system for the treatment of acne.

You may qualify for the Acne Study if you:

  • Are 16-50 years old
  • Suffer from facial acne
  • Are not currently on acne medication
  • Have at least 15 pimples (red bumps) on your face
Participants who take part in the study may receive compensation for time and travel.
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What happens if I sign up? We will match you to a clinical research study location in your area that needs participants with acne or notify you when one becomes available. The study team will then contact you and you may have the opportunity to participate if qualified.


If you think you might like to participate in the Acne Study or would like more information, please enter your information below so we can see if you may qualify and can contact you about the studies. Keep in mind that participation is entirely voluntary. If you do decide to take part in a study, you may change your mind about participating at any time.

If you are under the age of 13 (or 16 if you are in California or in Europe), you may not directly enter any information and your legal parent or guardian must enter this information on your behalf. By filling out this form, you are confirming that you meet these requirements.

About Acne

Acne Vulgaris, more commonly known as acne, is one of the most common dermatological conditions and affects a significant number of children and adults.1 Acne develops for the following four reasons:

  • excess sebum production (oil on the skin)
  • the presence of the certain bacteria
  • clogged hair follicles
  • inflammation

Acne can have severe psychological effects, especially for children and young adults that can lead to insecurity and can leave people who suffer from it with severe skin scarring.2

Currently, acne treatment includes the use of topical (creams and ointments), and systemic medications (oral tablets). Doctors typically decide on a potential treatment based on the severity of the acne, and also by patient preferences and cost considerations.

Topical treatments, such as creams and ointments, work to reduce the bacteria on the skin, and inflammation.

Despite the currently available options, many people still struggle with their acne and do not have success with the medications they have tried.

The Acne Study is evaluating the safety and efficacy of a laser system for the treatment of acne.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a clinical research study?

A clinical research study (also called a clinical trial) is a medical study that helps to answer important questions about an investigational drug or medical device – these may include how well an investigational study drug or medical device works for a certain condition. All medications and medical devices must be tested in clinical research studies before they can be approved and prescribed to patients.

A clinical research study is the process by which new and innovative medications, medical devices, interventions and treatments are approved and brought to market, so people can live happier and healthier lives. Even over-the-counter medications, such as Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) for example Aspirin, Ibuprofen etc., you may have used to counteract a headache, have gone through the clinical research study process before it was available at your local pharmacy.

The Acne Study is evaluating the safety and efficacy of a laser system for the treatment of moderate to severe acne.

The data collected from this study will allow us to learn about the safety and efficacy of the potential treatment to see if it may help others who suffer from acne in the future.

Participants will be required to not use topical acne treatments or undergo surgery for at least 1-month (30 days) and systemic acne medications for at least 1 month (30 days) prior to being enrolled in the study and for the duration of the study. Hormonal contraception is acceptable if not changed within prior 6 months and with intent of continuation through duration of this trial.

If the acne medication is topical, a 2-week washout applies to the face only. Subjects will also be asked to washout of systemic use of retinoids for 6-months.

Subjects will use an investigator/sponsor approved gentle cleanser, moisturizer, sunblock or daily sunscreen on the face of SPF 30 or higher, and other cosmetic post treatment care topicals on the full face as deemed acceptable by the sponsor and investigator for the duration of the study. Subjects will be asked to practice strict, diligent prevention of sun exposure.

Subjects enrolled in this study will be asked to participate for up to approximately 21 months and complete the following visits:

  • 1 screening visit
  • 3-6 potential treatment visits
  • 3-6 follow-up phone calls
  • 4 follow-up visits

If you choose to have potential treatments on your control/untreated side of your face, you may attend up to 16 additional visits (up to 6 potential treatment visits, up to 6 follow-up visits via phone, and up to 4 on-site follow-up visits at the discretion of your study doctor). If this occurs, this may extend the total duration of the study from up to 21 months to up to 28 months.

Participants who qualify to take part in the study may receive compensation for time and travel. Please discuss this with the study team when they contact you.

There is no cost to participate in the Acne Study. If you decide to take part:

  • All study-related visits, tests, and potential treatment will be provided at no cost.
  • You will receive study-related care throughout the study from a team of experienced doctors and nurses.

The research team will be able to explain more about what the Acne Study will involve, and it is up to you to decide if you want to take part. Participation in this study is voluntary. Whether or not you decide to participate in this study will not affect your current or future relationships with your doctors. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time without affecting those relationships.

We match you to a study site within a close travel distance from your home. If we are not running the study in your area currently, with your permission, we will keep you in our database and reach out once a study in your area becomes available. If, at any time, you decided you no longer want your information stored, you can opt out and we will delete your details.

About the Acne Study

The Acne Study will enroll participants with acne at study sites located in Canada.

Participants will receive all study-related visits, tests, and potential treatment at no cost.

Initially, one half of your face (left or right) will receive the potential treatments and the other half will not be treated. The untreated side of your face will receive the sham treatments, meaning the laser will look like it’s providing a treatment, but no treatment will be administered. You will have the opportunity to receive the potential treatments on the untreated side of the face after the first side is completed.

Who can take part in the Acne Study?

You may qualify for the Acne Study if you:

  • Are 16-50 years old
  • Suffer from facial acne
  • Are not currently on acne medication
  • Have at least 15 pimples (red bumps) on your face

Study-related care is provided by Specialist Physicians and nurses.

The study will include 1 screening visit, 3-6 potential treatment visits, 3-6 follow-up visits via phone, and 4 on-site follow up visits at a study site in your location over approximately 21 months.

If you choose to have potential treatments on the untreated side of your face, you may attend up to 16 additional visits (up to 6 potential treatment visits, up to 6 follow-up visits via phone, and up to 4 on-site follow-up visits at the discretion of your study doctor). If this occurs, this may extend the total duration of the study from up to 21 months to up to 28 months.

Participants who qualify to take part in the study may receive compensation for time and travel.

The Acne Study is evaluating the safety and efficacy of a laser system for the treatment of moderate to severe acne.