Photodynamic Treatment of Acne

Photodynamic treatment of acne has proven to be a very useful tool in the treatment of acne. In many cases it offers an alternative therapy in oral therapies such as taking isotretinoin (eg Roaccutan, Tretin … etc) or long-term antibiotic treatment.
The wavelength in the blue spectrum of the BBL device by Sciton attacks the P. Acnes bacteria present on the surface of the skin and the sebaceous follicles and are involved in the formation of Acne. At the same time with the use of photosensitizing substances or with the combination of other Laser therapies, e.g. MicroLaserPeel can achieve significant long-term skin clearance from the rash of Acne.

Acne is created when the pores of the hair follicle are blocked by normal skin elements. This is the basis of most elements of acne. By blocking the hair follicle, inflammation and bacteria such as P. Acnes lead to the formation of cysts and other elements inflammation increases with continued secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Hormones also play a role in this, and acne is considered to be a disease primarily of adolescent and young adulthood. The treatment of acne is different in each patient.Results are visible in 6-8 weeks with topical or oral treatments.

The wavelength is used in the blue spectrum (420nm) and thus selectively targets and “kills” the P.Acnes bacteria which are partly responsible for the cause of acne.

The photosensitive agent inactivates the acne-causing bacteria and reduces the activity of over-acting sebaceous glands in the skin. Photodynamic therapy has the ability to reduce pores and reduce sebaceous glands by treating common acne (moderate or severe) rosacea effectively and even improves the appearance of some scars.

The photosensitizer is applied to the skin after a mild invasive treatment (eg, a mild MicroLaserPeel) is applied to the skin and absorbed by it for 15-30 minutes to 1 hour. The skin becomes photosensitive, that is, it becomes sensitive to light. At the appropriate time the substance is rinsed and the patient is treated with the BBL system (at 420nm) lasting about 30 minutes.

When treatment is complete, almost all patients have some temporary redness and some patients have mild edema in the treatment area for 1-2 days. Peeling can happen for a few days. Patients should avoid the sun for 24-48 hours after treatment.

Patients with photo-damaged skin will see an improvement in their skin quality. Photodynamic therapy improves the overall appearance of the face both in color, texture and skin tone.

Photodynamic therapy (with the help of MicroLaserPeel) can bring results after the first session but a complete treatment usually requires 4-6 sessions per 15 days. However, there is a mild recovery time that is to avoid the sun for 48 hours after every session.

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