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.
The Staff and Doctors at Minars Dermatology
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