Your Source for Blue Light Therapy Acne Birmingham

Acne struggles can be a sore spot for many, both figuratively and literally. In fact, some cases of acne are so severe that standard creams, cleansers, and serums don’t seem to do much of anything. Where traditional acne agents fail, solutions like photodynamic blue light therapy (PDT) thrive.

What Is Blue Light Therapy?

Non-invasive and FDA-approved, photodynamic blue light therapy uses a special light that wipes out the acne-causing bacteria P. acnes. But exactly how does it do that? Well, two tactics split the procedure to ensure results.

The first tactic involves the use of a specialized, high-strength medication. Prior to therapy, a light-sensitive medication is applied to the face or body and left on for an incubation period. In the second half of the procedure, the affected area is put under a special light, which causes a reaction with the medication. Photodynamic blue light therapy owes its namesake to this interaction between light and medication.


Progress pictures of a person being treated with Photodynamic Blue Light Therapy for acne.

What Does PDT Do Exactly?

We’ve introduced photodynamic therapy broadly—but let’s dig into some specifics. The medication, known as Levulan, is coated into the skin, absorbing for between fifteen minutes and one hour, on average. A wavelength of light, called BLU-U, activates the solution once it’s shined on. Activation takes about 10 to 16 minutes in total. Some treatments call for Vbeam light, which better eradicates the bacteria behind deep-seated cystic acne.

During the application phase of photodynamic therapy, Levulan sinks into the skin, increasing acne cells’ sensitivity to light in the process. Once light hits, P. acnes bacteria are put into the crosshairs. The procedure improves skin condition immensely, cleansing pores that are fraught with nasty clogs. It also reduces the appearance of your pores and skin oiliness and enhances the skin’s overall texture.

What Are the After Effects of Treatment?

Photodynamic therapy doesn’t exist as a one-and-done kind of treatment. Most acne cases require multiple treatments every two to three weeks for the best results. Excessively severe cases may need up to five treatments to fully resolve.

As you might expect, photodynamic therapy, like most acne treatments, causes sensitivity to sunlight. Skin may appear red, and peeling or crusting may ensue in the days following. To ensure the avoidance of burns or sun damage, patients must stay indoors for 48 hours after PDT. Even indoor sunscreen should be applied.

While PDT does carry exposure risks immediately after treatment, photodynamic therapy lacks the side effects credited to more invasive treatments or negligence. Surgical cuts and scarring won’t be an issue. Plus, your skin will appear more youthful, refreshed, and rejuvenated.

The Next Steps to Being Acne-Free

One question likely to pop into mind is this: will my insurance cover PDT? Unfortunately, this is a no, as PDT for acne employs an off-label use for Levulan. That being said, Cahaba Dermatology not only specializes in tailored treatments for those struggling with acne, but also provides cost-effective payment plans and pricing packages.

Are you ready for real results that leave you acne-free? That’s not just a fantasy—it can also be reality. Severe acne can cause excruciatingly uncomfortable irritation and soreness—and is a self esteem sore spot for many. But it doesn’t have to linger on your face or body any longer. Clear, revitalized skin can be obtained through photodynamic therapy, with little in the form of side effects or everyday disturbances.

If you’d like to see your body or face clear from acne’s cloud, contact Cahaba Dermatology for our expert photodynamic therapy services. Our clinic has years of experience using this innovative methodology to treat acne. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Groysman and our skin specialists online, by phone, or through our convenient patient portal. Your journey to acne-free skin starts here.