Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Acne

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses light combined with a special chemical agent to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe acne.

Photodynamic Therapy for Acne

In photodynamic therapy, a medication that is activated by light is placed on the affected area and allowed to soak into the skin. After a specific period of time, a special light source is applied to the treated area. The combination works by shrinking sebaceous glands in the skin and decreasing oil production. It also destroys skin bacteria, which if left untreated, could lead to infection and inflammation.

Since Isotretinoin (Accutane), a drug commonly used in the treatment of severe acne is not appropriate for all patients, including nursing women; photodynamic therapy provides an alternative to the medication.

Depending on the severity of your acne, a series of photodynamic therapy treatments may be needed (usually ranging from 2-3 treatments). Once your acne has improved, your dermatologist may suggest an occasional photodynamic therapy session for maintenance.

For most patients, photodynamic therapy works best in conjunction with other treatments.

Side Effects of Photodynamic Therapy for Acne

Short-term side effects of photodynamic therapy include:

  • Skin redness
  • Peeling
  • Pain
  • Sun sensitivity for 1-2 days after treatment

Effectiveness of Photodynamic Therapy for Acne

Results of photodynamic therapy vary among patients, but studies have shown some patients achieve significant results from treatment with photodynamic therapy.

Dr. Aboutalebi is a board certified dermatologist who specializes in photodynamic therapy for acne. At Northstar Dermatology, we treat patients from Keller, Fort Worth, North Richland Hills and surrounding areas in North Texas. Call our dermatology clinic today at 817-427-3376 to schedule your consultation.

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