Photodynamic therapy for acne & sun damage

PDT therapy for acne

Photodynamic Therapy is one of a number of new procedures that treat the lesions and changes associated with acne that are now available!

PDT is used in conjunction with microdermabrasion and Levulan, (aminolevulinic acid) to treat moderate to severe acne, including cystic acne. Levulan is a topical photosensitizer that has been used extensively for a variety of different conditions.

A typical PDT acne treatment starts with a light microdermabrasion. This helps unclog pores and remove blackheads and white heads (comedomes), as well as exfoliate the surface of the skin. Following the microdermabrasion, Levulan is applied to the face. It is a clear liquid. A special wavelength of light is then used to activate the Levulan in a controlled fashion. The light source also tends to alleviate any acne scarring, so there is an additional benefit for the patient. Following the treatment one can usually expect the skin to look mildly red as in a sunburn for a few days.

The Photodynamic acne treatment program typically consists of three PDT treatments that are performed once a month. PDT can be used in combination with both topical and oral medications. Prior to PDT, the only treatment to show such good results was Accutane. However, Accutane has many limitations, including systemic side effects. Now many patients can achieve good results with PDT and Levulan, without the systemic side effects.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Developed at Queen’s University in the early 1990’s. Levulan activated by light, effectively treats sun damage and pre-cancerous lesions both visible and microscopic. Levulan combined with IPL treatments dramatically change the landscape of our skin with about 2 days of redness and flaking.

Levulan and IPL – add $200 per treatment to Photorejuvenation (medication cost.)

Acne treatments

For at least 20 years, the standards of acne treatment have been topical creams, antibiotics and Accutane. Recent advances in acne therapy offer long-lasting results for the clearance of mild to severe acne without serious side effects.

Blu-U – Blue Light treatment for acne is not a laser, but 98% natural blue light. Treatments may be as often as twice per week, are often combined with microdermabrasion to exfoliate the skin, and require no down-time. The procedure is painless, and the client may continue their regular routine of skin care. Eight to twelve treatments are usually required.

PDT therapy for sun damage

Photodynamic skin rejuvenation utilizes intense pulsed light or another light source in combination with microdermabrasion and levulan, also known as aminolevulinic acid (ALA).

Levulan is a photosensitizer, which along with the light treats and destroys actinic keratoses, precancerous lesions, and potentially early skin cancer changes.

PDT for skin rejuvenation usually consists of four to six treatments at three week intervals. Following the treatment one can expect the skin to look mildly red or even sunburned. This effect can be expected to last for a few days.

The skin improves with a more even colored tone, smaller pore size, smoother texture, and a more youthful rejuvenated look. Reduction in overall sun damage, as well as precancerous lesions and potential early skin cancer changes can also be expected. PDT therapy is very effective for the face, neck, arms, chest, hands, torso or legs.


Single treatment $15
Microdermabrasion before treatment $50
6-10 square inches $300 per treatment
Over 10 square inches Price determined at consultation

Blu-U combined with Levulan offers treatment for those with moderate to severe acne. Three treatments, one month apart are usually required.

Single treatment $200 for medication / $75 clinic fee
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  • Skin care consultations and treatment plans are free!
  • Revised September 2008 – prices are subject to change without notice