Acne can be one of the most persistent dermatological conditions. It can make your skin appear red, make your face feel irritated and tender, and leave lasting effects. Some of these effects, such as pitting and scarring, may dramatically affect your overall appearance.
Despite the tenacity of acne, it is possible to treat it. Photodynamic therapy represents one of the more reliable means of treating acne without the harsh chemicals that can dry out your skin and make things worse.
A Crash Course in Acne
Before exploring photodynamic therapy, it’s important that you understand how acne works.
In the dermis layer of the skin, there are sebaceous glands responsible for producing chemicals like collagen. When these glands become clogged by dirt and grease, or infected by bacteria, they become inflamed as the body tries to remedy the problem.
The problem is that this inflammation does not always resolve the problem. Bacteria may remain rampant in the skin, leading to further damage that only worsens as acne is allowed to persist.
What is Photodynamic Therapy?
Photodynamic utilizes special bands of light to transmit energy through your skin. This light combines with special photosensitizing agents to add energy to the bacteria that may be hiding deep in your skin.
When the bacteria receive this light, they become inert. The immune system can then remove the bacteria, allowing the sebaceous glands to settle, and begin undergoing proper repair processes.
As an added side effect, photodynamic therapy tends to soothe the sebaceous glands. This can be especially helpful if you are a patient who has an active acne outbreak that seems to persist.
Why Choose Photodynamic Therapy?
Photodynamic therapy is one of the better acne treatments available for a number of reasons.
The benefits include:
- Fewer side effects than over-the-counter treatments
- Heightened success rate when compared to other treatments
- Quick results that can be seen within 24 to 72 hours
These benefits make photodynamic treatment one of the most versatile, reliable and unique forms of acne treatment available to patients. It can be essential to limiting the effects of acne, and preventing future acne outbreaks.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects may exist depending upon your skin type. These should be discussed with your dermatological care provider to minimize them.
Getting Clear Skin with Photodynamic Therapy
Photodynamic therapy exists as one of the most advanced forms of acne treatment. It can help remove the causes of acne from your skin while soothing the sebaceous glands responsible for inflammation. This allows it to swiftly solve your acne problems.
Photodynamic therapy is not for everyone with acne. You should always consult an experienced professional before seeking to undergo any type of dermatological treatment, as this will both ensure treatment effectiveness, and reduce the chances of unwanted side effects.
To determine if photodynamic therapy is the ideal way to treat your acne, contact Metro Dermatology today to schedule a consultation appointment.