There are different types of light therapies, the most well known in the aesthetic world being IPL, or intense pulsed light. But at the Laser Center of Maryland we also use blue light with Levulan treatments to address acne, along with a host of other conditions.
What is Blue Light with Levulan?
Levulan (aminolevulinic acid) is a naturally occurring substance in the body, although it only is evident in small amounts. The blue light we utilize is BLU-U, a specialized blue light treatment. At the Laser Center of Maryland, we combine Levulan with blue light to address a variety of skin conditions.
What to expect during treatment
First, we apply Levulan topically to the area to be treated. Once this is complete, we then we bath the area in the BLU-U light.
How does this treatment improve acne?
This type of photodynamic therapy impacts acne in three ways.
1. Levulan PDT inactivates the bacteria that trigger acne.
2. It exfoliates the skin to unclog pores.
3. It shuts down the sebaceous glands in the skin that produce the oils present during acne breakouts.
The key is Levulan. After it is applied and absorbed into the skin, it is converted into a potent photosensitizer known as protophyorphyrin IX. Since the Levulan is absorbed by the actinic keratoses and sebaceous glands the light then selectively targets them. The blue light activates these protophorphyrins, which leads to shrinkage of these tissues. By shrinking the sebaceous glands, acne improves.
Other conditions Levulan PDT can be used upon
- Treating moderate to severe cystic acne
- Removing precancerous skin lesions
- Preventing skin cancer
- Reducing wrinkles
- Improving pores, skin texture and pigmentation
One important thing to note, however, is that after these lesions are treated they become very sensitive to light for the first 48 hours. So, for the first two days, patients need to totally avoid sunlight and sources of very bright light.
Schedule a consultation
Call the Laser Center of Maryland at 410-544-4600 and ask us about our Levulan PDT treatments and how they can improve your skin issues.