skip to Main Content

Laser for Acne (April 2006, Vol 1 Issue 7)

There are several lasers now approved by the FDA for the treatment of acne, and we use most of them. The newest and perhaps the most effective, is a procedure called Photodynamic Therapy or PDT.

What is PDT?
Photodynamic therapy uses a laser and a chemical called aminolevulinic acid or “ALA”. First the ALA is applied to your skin by the nurse and allowed to incubate for 30 or 40 minutes. During this time, the ALA is concentrating in your sebaceous glands (oil glands) and being activated by the bacteria that cause acne. Finally, a laser is passed over your skin to excite the ALA, thus killing the bacteria and shrinking the sebaceous gland.

Who is PDT for?
This is a great treatment for people who have “tried everything” for their acne, and still break out.

Who is this NOT for?
PDT is not for someone who cannot avoid the sun for a full 24 hours after the procedure. Even if you avoid the sun, you may still get a sunburn-like reaction, and your acne may get worse before it gets better. PDT is also not covered by insurance.

> More about laser acne treatment

The Staff and Doctors at Minars Dermatology
phone: 954-987-7512

In This Issue
What is PDT?

Who is PDT for?

Who is PDT NOT for?Accutane Update

iPledge, the new pregnancy prevention program for Accutane is in full swing. After a rocky start (e.g. a “help line” that nobody answered), things seem to be running smoothly. Our staff, led by our nurse Carol, has learned to navigate the system and everyone who needs Accutane is now getting it.


4060 Sheridan Street, Suite C
Hollywood, Florida 33021

From the moment I walked into his office, I was impressed by the warm and welcoming environment. The staff was friendly and accommodating, and the doctor was incredibly knowledgeable and attentive.
J. Michaels
Rating 5/5
And read more of our 1,500+ reviews on Google.

We are a member of the TopLine MD Alliance, a collective group of practices, providers and specialty centers that help patients navigate a complicated healthcare system. Membership in the alliance is highly selective and based on exceptional patient satisfaction. Our priority is to provide you with top-of-the-line care, through a network of dedicated people you can trust, while making your experience simple and convenient.

Florida Academy of Dermatology

© 2023 MINARS DERMATOLOGY. All rights reserved.

Back To Top