Blu-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy
Today, millions of adults and teenagers struggle with the negative effects of acne. Persistent acne can damage your self-esteem and be a daily annoyance. There are multiple ways to treat acne.
At Magnolia Medical & Aesthetics we treat acne holistically and understand prescription or antibiotics are not always the right treatment for your needs. But, when acne creams, astringents, and cleansers don’t seem to be doing the job, our Blu-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy may be an option for you.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) For Acne
Acne results from the obstruction and inflammation of the sebaceous glands, and it affects 80% of the global population. Acne typically begins in adolescence with hormonal changes. However, there are many older individuals who suffer from adult acne.
At Magnolia Medical & Aesthetics, we use photodynamic therapy light treatments combined with Levulan to treat acne, particularly for severe cases that do not respond to other treatments.
PDT For Actinic Keratosis
Actinic keratoses are crusty or scaly bumps that typically occur on the face, lips, ears, bald scalp, shoulders, neck, as well as back of the hands and forearms. They are caused by excessive exposure to the sun and can sometimes progress into dangerous skin cancers. More than 5 million Americans live with these lesions, and far too many people ignore them. Leaving them untreated can have serious consequences.
Doctors estimate that 40% of squamous cell carcinomas, the second leading cause of skin cancer deaths in the United States, begin as actinic keratosis. Without performing a skin biopsy, it can be almost impossible for a doctor to distinguish an actinic keratosis from a squamous cell carcinoma.
How Blu-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Works
With Levulan Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), sun-damaged skin, fine lines, blotchy pigmentation, and rough skin patches are greatly improved. PDT even has the unique ability to minimize pores and reduce oil glands.
The Blu-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy treatment involves:
- Application of a topical photosensitizing agent
- When applied the agent is absorbed into rapidly growing damaged skin cells, sebaceous (oil) glands, hair follicles, and actinic keratosis lesions
- Blu-U or IPL light therapy is applied, destroying the targeted cells
- Improved texture
- Improved tone
- Reduction of pore size
- Reduced oil flow
- Reduced pore blockage
- Clearer skin
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