ACNE - Photodynamic Therapy with ALA
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is used for more severe acne

What is PDT with ALA?

PDT combines a light source – either blue light, red light, or intense pulsed light (IPL™) – with the use of a topical photosensitizing solution (ALA) to target specific cells in the body. The light source delivers specific wavelengths of intense light through very specific filters to the skin. Once delivered, the targeted tissue (sebaceous glands) absorbs the light's energy causing damage to these oil glands.

What is Levulan and photodynamic Acne Therapy?

Levulan® is commonly used in photodynamic acne therapy and has been
shown to significantly improve mild to moderate acne. Levulan®
photodynamic acne therapy is often an effective alternative for patients
whose skin has become resistant to antibiotic treatments over time. PDT
with blue light kills the P. acnes bacteria in your skin which causes acne
as well as damaging oil glands.

What are the treatments and recovery like?

PDT is spaced 2-3 weeks apart. The number of treatments, treatment times and treatment intervals may vary depending on the condition being treated. A topical application of ALA solution is applied prior to your treatment. Then the area is exposed to either Blue Light or IPL, depending on the doctors recommendation.


During treatment, PhotoDynamic therapy can cause mild to severe pain, mild erythema to severe redness and scabbing after treatment - depending on how long the Levulan® Kerastick® is left on, how much light is used and which light source is used to activate the ALA.

 

 

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