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Acne Treatments

Coastal Skin Solutions offers noninvasive treatments for youth and adult acne, the most common skin condition in the United States that affects up to 50 million Americans annually. Genetics, anxiety, stress, hormones, even hot and humid climates can impact the severity of acne, which can occur at various stages of life and may continue into the 30’s and 40’s. Light therapy offers a viable alternative to medications or antibiotics with the unwelcome side effects or harsh topical treatments.

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BLU-U® Blue Light Treatment

Blue light therapy is a noninvasive treatment for acne that uses light to kill certain bacteria on the skin. A form of phototherapy, blue light treatments are FDA-approved for acne vulgaris that is moderate or has not responded to other therapies.

Innovation in Controlling Moderate Acne

Acne is not exclusive to teenagers; many people in their 20’s and 30’s suffer with hard-to-control acne. There are many professional acne treatments on the market and it can feel overwhelming to make the right choice. If you have moderate acne and are uncomfortable taking antibiotics or are unhappy with your current topical treatment results, BLU-U blue light therapy – using light without medications or antibiotics – may be an effective treatment option for you.

The BLU-U® is a unique blue light that kills the P. acnes bacteria in your skin. Treatments are simple – sitting down, the blue light is placed close to the site to be treated for approximately seventeen minutes. Recommended initial treatments are weekly or twice weekly for four to five weeks. Blu-U is a safe, painless, affordable, yet effective way to help control stubborn acne.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

For patients with moderate to severe/cystic acne or simply with mild to moderate acne that has proven resistant to other forms of treatment, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) can be a game-changer.
PDT is hands down the quickest, most-effective, safest way to control acne and clear the skin.
During a PDT treatment, a photosensitizing agent (Levulan) is applied to the skin and left to incubate for approximately 1 hour. Levulan is a 20% aminolevulinic acid and is found naturally in the body making it a very safe option. Following a period of incubation, the patient will sit under the BLU-U® light for approximately 17 min to activate the Levulan which is a clear, painless solution. Once activated, the Levulan is absorbed by active acne sebaceous glands (the place where acne starts) where it kills bacteria and shrinks overactive oil glands.
Prior to PDT, Accutane was the gold-standard for treating stubborn cystic acne. However, Accutane comes with a host of unwanted systemic side effects including depression, severe birth defects, changes in night vision, liver abnormalities, and dryness. Conversely, PDT has no negative side effects and works well on the vast majority of patients.
Schedule your free personal consultation at Coastal Skin Solutions online or call 843.405.5906. 

We will perform a complete evaluation of your skin and recommend a treatment plan with a timetable based upon your personal goals and schedule. We will also discuss with you pricing and financing options. Note: PDT is not currently covered by insurance. However, ask us about in-house financing with payment plans that can make this alternative for acne control a viable option for you

Acne Treatment FAQ. 3 Things to Know!

Question 1  
Is the BLU-U a laser?
No, the BLU-U delivers fluorescent light scattered over a larger area It also does not emit UV light.
Question 2
Where on the body can BLU-U be used to treat acne?
BLU-U light can be used on the face, arms, back, chest and scalp.  
Question 3
What about skin care products?
We will discuss all skin care products with you at the time of your consultation as well as sun exposure and sunscreen after treatments.  
Disclaimer: Every patient is different, and results may vary due to a number of factors. During your consultation, we will discuss the results you can expect.