Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is used to treat acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, improve the appearance of acne scars, minimize pores, reduce oil glands, improve blotchy pigmentation, sun damage and fine lines. It is ideal for treating acne, with or without photodamaged skin. This procedure improves acne by targeting sebaceous glands and bacteria which are destroyed in the treatment. It is also used to remove sun damaged precancerous lesions known as actinic keratoses.
A topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan (5-aminolevulinic acid) is applied to the treated area. After a short incubation period, the agent is then activated by exposure to a blue light (BLU-U). Following Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), the treated areas may appear red with some peeling for 2 to 7 days. This non-invasive treatment is well tolerated with minimal pain, has a short 24-hour downtime, and gives an excellent cosmetic result.
The BLU-U blue light is a unique system that eliminates acne bacteria in your skin. This supplementary step of the Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) process is safe and painless, helping you control acne. The BLU-U blue light session is simple. Treatments begin with sitting with the treatment area close to the light for a prescribed duration of time after the application of Levulan. Consecutive treatments can also be scheduled to help continue to kill acne causing bacteria by using only BLU-U light one to two times a week.