San Francisco Levulan PDT procedure for severe adult acne. What is PDT dermatologist skin acne treatment and removal? Levulan acne procedure near me In the San Francisco Bay Area.
Levulan® Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is primarily indicated for treating Actinic Keratoses, scaly skin growths caused by ultraviolet radiation (UV) exposure. It can also address moderate to severe acne. Levulan® PDT is both a product and light treatment that selectively targets overactive sebaceous glands. The goal is to reduce sebum production and prevent and acne breakouts.
Levulan® PDT involves a 2-step process of first sensitizing the skin with a Levulan® Kerastick® (a topical solution that’s reactive to UV light) then subjecting the skin to a special Blue Light. The Blue Light reacts with the solution absorbed by the skin and in the process inhibits the function of the sebaceous glands. Clinicians leave the solution on the skin for 60-120 minutes and the Blue Light therapy lasts approximately 15 minutes.
The Levulan® PDT treatment can really irritate the skin. It can also cause intense redness and inflammation that can persist one week or longer. In fact, some patients have reported longer lasting side-effects like scarring and rosacea. For this reason patients need to protect the treated areas from UV exposure by wearing sun-protecting clothing or a powerful full-spectrum sun block. Also it’s important to note that most sunscreens don’t offer adequate protection to sunlight sensitivity and patients need to stay out of the sun for 48 hours. Therefore, treating patients with Levulan in the summer or a hot climate presents certain challenges.
Patients suffering from severe or cystic acne are normally referred to a dermatologist. For mild breakouts and acne scarring, however, Dr. Mosser and his team have had great success with Sciton’s Forever Clear BBL. It’s an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) device that emits either a blue, yellow or infra-red light using three separate attachments. This powerful combination makes an effective face and body acne treatment. It can clear up infection, reduce blemishes and scars that breakouts can leave behind. The Forever Clear BBL can dramatically improve skin clarity and smoothness and offers patients the best acne treatment available.
Another popular and proven treatment for mild acne is the the Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) Vi Peel chemical peel. When it comes to acne and acne scar removal it is very effective for addressing blemishes and evening out skin tone. Vi Peel offers two formulations: The original ViPeel which use TCA in combination with Retin-A to exfoliate skin and destroy acne-causing bacteria. The other is the Precision Plus peel. It’s essentially the Vi Peel plus a booster of Hydroquinone and Kojic acid. It helps to address various pigment-related issues, including acne marks, brown spots and red discoloration. These two peels reveal a radiant and healthy complexion.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.