Many people are looking for ways to fight back against acne, and a popular treatment option that is worth considering is photodynamic therapy. Also called PDT, this therapy involves the use of a photosensitizing medicine and blue light.
The photosensitizing agent is used to make the blue light more effective against the condition that is being treated. The reason why the blue light is effective is that it activates the agent, which is designed to kill cancer cells and acne.
To find out if you can benefit from this procedure, you should know what PDT is used for. In many cases, photodynamic therapy is used to treat acne, sun damage, and shallow skin cancers. This treatment is frequently used on the hands, arms, chest, and face, and when used against moderate to severe acne, it can be quite effective. Depending on the person, a series of photodynamic therapy treatment sessions can send acne into remission for quite some time.
Before the treatment, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned. This will help make it easier for the photosensitizing medicine to affect your skin. Before the light is applied, the medicine will need to be absorbed by your skin.
When the procedure is finished, your skin will be very sensitive to light for a set amount of time, which is the amount of time needed for your body to completely metabolize the medication. You’ll need to follow steps for optimal skin protection during this time.
When compared to alternative treatment options, photodynamic therapy has several advantages to offer, and one of the major benefits is the lack of scarring. PDT can be effective for treating acne lesions on the face, and unlike some alternative treatments, it doesn’t require surgical excisions. Photodynamic therapy doesn’t pose the risk of systemic side effects, and it can leave your skin looking clear, youthful and refreshed.
If you’re looking for a way to make your acne a thing of the past, then photodynamic therapy may be able to help. Make an appointment with Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta to learn more about photodynamic therapy and how it may work for you. Our office is located in Alpharetta. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.