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.
Primarily indicated for treating Actinic Keratoses, scaly skin growths caused by ultraviolet radiation (UV) exposure, Levulan® Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is also being used to address moderate to severe acne. Levulan® PDT is both a product and light treatment that selectively targets overactive sebaceous glands to reduce sebum production with the ultimate goal of preventing and stopping 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 is a type of phototherapy that reacts with the solution absorbed by the skin and in the process inhibits the function of the sebaceous glands. The solution is left on the skin for 60-120 minutes and the Blue Light therapy lasts approximately 15 minutes.
The Levulan® PDT treatment can be extremely irritating to the skin with intense redness that can persist one week or longer. Some patients have reported longer lasting side-effects like scarring and rosacea. After the procedure patients need to protect treated areas from UV exposure by wearing sun-protecting clothing or a powerful full-spectrum sun block. Sunscreens don’t offer adequate protection to sunlight sensitivity. It’s recommended that patients stay out from the sun for 48 hours entirely so having the treatment done in the summer or a hot climate may present certain challenges.
Patients suffering from severe or cystic acne are normally referred to a dermatologist for treatment. For mild breakouts and acne scarring however, Dr. Mosser and his team have had great success in improving the skin’s appearance with Sciton’s Forever Clear BBL. It’s an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) device that uses three separate attachments that emit either a blue, yellow or infra-red light wavelengths. This powerful combination is used as a face and body acne treatment to clear up infection, reduce blemishes and the marks that they can leave behind. For improving skin clarity and smoothness the Forever Clear BBL offers patients the best acne treatment available.
Another popular and proven treatment for mild acne is the chemical peel, like the Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) Vi Peel. When it comes to acne and acne scar removal it is very effective at removing blemishes and evening out skin tone. Vi Peel offers two formulations for addressing breakouts: The origical ViPeel which use TCA in combination with Retin-A to exfoliate skin and destroy acne-causing bacteria and the Precision Plus peel which is the Vi Peel plus a booster of Hydroquinone and Kojic acid 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.