Photodynamic TherapyPhotodynamic Therapy is an effective way to treat acne, actinic keratoses (precancerous changes), and severely sun damaged skin.
Photodynamic Therapy is a series of treatments done on average about 2-3 times, depending on the condition being treated. The process involves the use of a photosensitizing agent (aminolevulanic acid) and the application of a light source to activate the chemical. A short period of rest is associated with treatment, though again, this will vary from patient to patient.
This is an ideal treatment for patients with inflammatory acne that has not responded to topical treatments, and/or patients who cannot tolerate or wish to be on oral medication. Patients who frequently make trips to the dermatologist for the treatment of precancerous changes of the skin will also benefit from Photodynamic Therapy.