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Photodynamic Therapy

Treats Persistent and Resistant Acne

Photodynamic therapy (PDT), using Levulan®, treats cystic acne, older acne scars, sun damage, spots, and improves skin texture. 

How it Works

PDT is a two-step process. In the first step, Dr. Christian applies Levulan® to the skin, leaving it on for approximately 60 minutes. Levulan® is a clear, painless agent that will enhance the effect of the IPL in the second step. In the second step, Dr. Christian uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser to activate the Levulan®. PDT kills the bacteria that trigger acne, exfoliates the skin to unclog pores, and decreases oil production in the sebaceous glands. This can produce long-lasting improvement. PDT is a very safe alternative to Accutane treatment and can even work in patients who have failed Accutane. 

What to Expect

PDT causes marked sun sensitivity, so it is important to wear a hat whenever you are outside for a week following treatment and to use medical grade sunscreen every day. Redness and peeling can be expected to last for 3 to 7 days after each treatment. Optimal results are usually seen after 2 to 3 treatments, performed at one-month intervals, however, some patients may need more. 

Patient Instructions

Use cold packs or wet washcloths as needed for comfort. 

Isn't is time to take control of your cystic acne? Call us today at 440-779-1000 to schedule your consultation.