Photodynamic Therapy for Acne
Photodynamic Therapy involves the application of a special amino acid lotion, called Amino Levulinic Acid (ALA) to the affected area for a specified period of time to sensitise the oil glands and bacteria before activating the ALA with a special laser. Once activated the ALA will kill the acne bacteria as well as reduce the excess production of oil typical of that age group. Since it addresses the basic issues of acne, PDT becomes an ideal treatment.
The treatment effects are local, not systemic, and so cannot affect you in any other way, unlike other treatments such as oral isotretinoin.
What is acne?
Acne is a condition that occurs in your early teens when oil glands are hormonally very active and when your pores are likely to become clogged by oil and dead skin cells, make-up particles and dirt. This obstruction won’t permit the oil (sebum) to escape normally to the skin surface and builds up and forms obstructed lesions called comedones (blackheads and whiteheads). Comedones may then become infected by acne bacteria sitting on the skin surface and develop into pustules, nodules and cysts, depending on the severity of your acne.
The basic problem in acne is therefore the excessive oil production and obstruction together with the bacterial infection. PDT addresses all of these issues.
Contact the team at GMC to talk about how we can help with this treatment or recommendations for your unique goals.
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