Photodynamic Acne Treatment (PDT) is a procedure in which a light-activated solution (ALA) helps to target and eliminate acne. This treatment can also soften the appearance of older acne scars for smooth skin. This treatment option is a great alternative to oral medication or long-term doses of antibiotics to treat acne.
Many patients choose to undergo ALA/PDT treatments because of the many advantages it offers.
Not only is this treatment is an effective way to treat acne over the entire face, it is non-invasive, it poses no risk of scarring, and there are no long-term side-effects.
How are ALA/PDT Treatments Done?
Prior to treatment, a medical extraction of blackheads and acne pustules must take place. This will help to clean out your pores, reducing the amount of oil in the skin. This step will help to improve the outcomes of the ALA/PDT treatment.
During treatment, Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA), a photosensitizing agent, is applied to the skin. This solution is activated by a special wavelength of light. This solution stays on the skin for 15-60 minutes, depending on each individual case. The ALA is then activated by a specific wavelength of blue light. It is advised that patients receive two to three treatments spaced two to three weeks apart for optimal results. Severe cases may require up to five sessions for results.
Following an ALA/PDT treatment, patients will experience redness on the treatment area. The skin may also begin to peel for several days following treatment. Patients must avoid sun exposure for 48 hours following the procedure, as direct sunlight could result in burns. Mineral makeup can be used to camouflage any redness of the skin, though liquid products that contain oils or waxes should be avoided.
Patients in the Louisville and Lexington area who wish to treat their acne can turn to ALA/PDT treatments for effective results. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.