Acne treatments with lasers is an effective and non-invasive treatment for acne problems.
Acne does affect many people and can affect their daily lives and an effective treatment is with lasers.
Effective Alternative to Daily Pills and Creams
Until recently, patients with persistent, moderate acne have been treated with only topical or sometimes systemic antibiotics. Recent studies have demonstrated, however, that laser therapy can trigger endogenic porphyrins that naturally destroy P. acnes bacteria. When the lasers excite the porphyrins, the porphyrins damage the bacteria wall, effectively killing the bacteria. Less acne bacteria should help reduce symptoms of acne. Laser treatment may also reduce sebum (skin oil) levels.
Blue Light Treatment for Acne
BLUE Light Photodynamic Therapy is a FDA approved treatment for moderate acne. It works by destroying the P. acnes bacteria present in skin. Blue Light can be administered alone or together with a topical application of ALA and Levulin® (aminolevulinic acid). Studies show that Blue Light provides treatment for both active acne lesions and other inactive sebaceous glands that are not creating active acne lesions, but have the potential to do so.
Acne patients sit in front of the Blue Light delivery system for approximately sixteen minutes. Patients who opt to receive a topical application of ALA along with their Blue Light Photodynamic treatment wear the ALA solution for about thirty minutes, then sit in front of the Blue Light photodynamic delivery system for approximately eight minutes. For best results, Blue Light treatment are administered twice weekly over a three week period for a total of six treatments. Blue Light treatment is also available for actinic keratosis of the face and scalp with the Blue Light and using a topical application of Levulin. Acticinic keratosis patients sit for 2 sessions.
Side effects are generally mild, with most patients experiencing a mild sun-burn like sensation soon after treatment. The skin will feel tight and may begin to peel after two or three days. Intense and direct sun exposure should be avoided for about 72 hours following treatment.