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.
PDT is not currently covered by insurance as use of the drug to treat acne is deemed off label at this time. However, we have great in-house financing options for those desiring payment plans. Just ask us.