When inflammatory acne breakouts are at their most severe, it can be present in a good part of the face and/or body. Blemishes can run deep into the skin, and they can be inflamed and painful to the touch or even without being touched. This is the type of acne that can produce significant scarring once healing has taken place. The scarring from it can be permanent and very hard to reduce the appearance of. It’s critical to your appearance to keep your severe acne breakouts under control with the most effective medications and treatments that are available to you.
What Is Photodynamic Therapy?
Various wavelengths of light provide us with a new and advanced approach to controlling inflammatory acne. Photodynamic therapy is just another form of what is referred to as light therapy or phototherapy. The only real difference is that, with photodynamic therapy, special medications called photosensitizers are used along with the light treatment.
Photodynamic therapy can also be applied for treating common skin conditions such as skin infections, sun-burned skin and precancerous skin. Photosensitizers are applied to the skin just before treatment. These are topical medications that cause abnormal skin cells to produce molecules called porphyrins. Skin cells containing porphyrins absorb more of the light than the normal skin cells do.
When the light beam is aimed at the skin, only certain abnormal cells will absorb the light and be affected by it. This kind of light kills acne causing bacteria and prevents them from multiplying. It also reduces the activity as well as the size of the oil glands in the skin. Oily skin is a breeding ground for the kind of bacteria that causes acne and other kinds of skin infections.
Other Benefits of Photodynamic Therapy
Photodynamic therapy can also reduce the appearance of old acne scars on the skin. This is because the light spectrum encourages healing of the skin on a cellular level. The treatment for acne itself does not cause any scarring. It’s also an effective treatment for other skin conditions that you might have along with inflammatory acne. This includes rosacea or acne rosacea. The redness and inflammation that is suffered by those with rosacea is greatly subdued with frequent photodynamic treatments.
It’s important that you remember to tell us what medications you are currently taking, should you decide to receive our photodynamic treatments for your acne. Inflammatory acne can cause severe scarring if it’s not brought under control and kept under control with the appropriate treatments. Don’t waste any more time protecting your appearance, visit Delta Laser & Skin Care Centre to learn more. We are conveniently located in Delta, and we also serve residents in Surrey, Langley, and White Rock. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!