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Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Treatment

Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy, is an innovative way to control moderate acne without drugs or antibiotics, and to effectively eradicate precancerous lesions, Actinic Keratosis, on the skin.

Levulan, together with Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy illumination, treats pre-cancerous skin lesions called actinic keratoses (AKs) on the face or scalp. Actinic keratoses are rough-textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that can lead to skin cancer. Levulan, is a unique light-activated, FDA approved, drug therapy to treat these pre-cancerous skin lesions. Levulan, a naturally occurring sensitizing compound, is applied to the skin and then activated by wavelengths of light. It works well when applied to the actinic keratoses, since the solution is absorbed by the AK cells and converted to a chemical that makes the cells extremely sensitive to light. When they are exposed to the "blue light," a reaction occurs that destroys AK cells.

Blue light acne therapy has also become a popular treatment option for those acne sufferers whose skin has become resistant to ointments and medications, or for those who simply want to eliminate the daily hassle of other acne treatment regimens. When this high-intensity, narrow band of blue light is used for acne treatment, it kills the acne-causing bacteria that can form within the sebaceous glands and cause acne break outs.

Blue light therapy treatments are relatively easy, with little downtime. Levulan is applied topically to the face, and the patient sits and reads for about an hour while the levulan goes to work. Then patients are placed in the blue light room where the light source is placed close to the face for about 20 to 30 minutes. Patients rarely experience any type of pain or discomfort during their treatment and go back to their normal routine immediately following treatment.

The number of treatments needed to reach optimal results may vary depending on your skin type. Call our office for more information on how Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy can help you. The results will amaze you!