Acne may develop on just about anyone from teenagers to senior citizens. It has four main stages from the mildest white heads and blackheads to the most severe cystic acne. They start with a pore that is clogged with the skin’s natural oil, sebum and dead skin cells that get mixed with the bacteria that are already on your face. These mini infections often called pimples may be small, pink bumps called papules or pus-filled pustules. There are several over-the-counter treatments out there that claim to offer amazing results, but none of them are very effective. Even the ones that do help are better for mild acne. The top treatment for acne today is photodynamic therapy. Levulan Photodynamic Therapy is one of the most popular treatments for moderate acne vulgaris.
The Levulan Photodynamic Therapy system is a two-part system that uses Blue Light Treatment along with the Leuvlan Kerastick topical solution, a non-invasive procedure that is also used for treating actinic keratoses, which is a pre-cancer type of acne.
The Blue Light Treatment is not a laser. The light is cool and safe, and when it is combined with the topical solution of the naturally-occurring substance aminolevulinic acid, the treatment is enhanced. The solution is absorbed by the skin and becomes a potent photosensitizer called protophorphyrin IX. It shrinks the tissue with the sebaceous gland and improves the appearance of acne.
The procedure starts when our specialist applies the Levulan Kerastick topical solution to the acne and actinic keratoses. This makes the acne more sensitive to light. The solution remains on the skin for a set amount of time before the Blue Light Treatment starts.
Our specialist at Perfect Skin Center can discuss the details of the treatment with you during a consultation at our office. You can take control of your acne and look forward to clear skin again with Levulan Photodynamic Therapy at our office in Tempe or Scottsdale. You owe it to yourself to find out as much as you can about the treatment, including whether or not you qualify and the type of results you can expect. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for Levulan Photodynamic Therapy!