Treating Acne with Photodynamic Therapy

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If you’ve ever suffered from acne, or know someone who has, it can be painful, ugly and embarrassing. Acne is most prevalent in teenagers, but adults and even babies can get it too. Infant acne usually goes away, but unfortunately for teens and adults it may require treatment. Acne occurs from plugged pores; over production of oil and bacteria, and an overactive pore lining.  Hormones and stress are significant contributors to acne.  Keeping acne under control has long been a challenge to physicians. Heavy makeup can cover up acne, but it makes the problem worse, by further clogging pores.  Traditionally topical treatments and antibiotics have been used to restrict acne. But new advances in light treatment are bringing even more significant results. Photodynamic Therapy destroys the bacteria and shuts down over active oil glands in just a few treatments. In most cases, the side effects are minimal.

A solution called Levulan is applied to the problem areas and then activated with a blue light source. A photochemical action reduces oil production from over active glands and kill the bacteria.  You may feel some stinging during the treatment, but that should quickly go away when it is completed. Featured videos on our YouTube Channel explain the procedure. Your skin will be sensitive after treatment, so it’s important to wear good sunscreen. You should also use acne topical treatments to open up pores which allow Levulan and light to work on the bacteria and oil glands.  All these high quality, effective formulas can be purchased in person at my office, or through my website. 

Photodynamic Therapy is also effective in treating Rosacea and sun damage. It’s considered a method of chemoprevention because pre-cancers are removed and skin cancer may be prevented. If you want to learn more about Photodynamic Therapy, please contact my office in Dallas, TX @ 214.828.0016.

About Christine Brown, M.D.

Dr. Christine Brown operates a leading dermatology practice in Dallas, Texas. She understands the importance of good skin care and is committed to providing you with high-quality care in a pleasant and professional atmosphere. Services include clinical and cosmetic dermatology.
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