Acne is a common skin condition that can cause blemishes, blackheads, and whiteheads. It can occur at any age, but it is most common in teenagers and young adults. Although there are many over-the-counter treatments available, some people may require photodynamic therapy to clear their skin.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a type of light therapy that uses a photosensitizing agent in conjunction with light to destroy acne-causing bacteria. The photosensitizing agent is applied to the skin and then exposed to light, usually from a laser or LED device. This causes the agent to produce oxygen radicals that kill the bacteria. PDT is usually done in a series of treatments, spaced several weeks apart.
There are two main types of PDT: topical and systemic. Topical PDT involves applying the photosensitizing agent directly to the skin, while systemic PDT involves taking a pill that is absorbed by the body and then exposed to light. Both types of PDT have been found to be effective in treating acne. However, systemic PDT may be more expensive and may have more side effects than topical PDT.
If you are considering photodynamic therapy for your acne, book a consultation with us