Medical News Today: Photodynamic therapy for acne: Costs and recovery

Medical News Today: Photodynamic therapy for acne: Costs and recovery

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) may also be effective for other skin conditions, such as sun-damaged skin, precancerous cells, and skin infection. Photosensitizers are topically applied solutions that cause certain types of abnormal cells to produce light-absorbing molecules called porphyrins. This change allows the light treatment to target the abnormal cells that are contributing to the acne. The use of photosensitizers distinguishes PDT from other forms of phototherapy. After applying a topical photosensitizer, a medical light source is focused on the skin to activate it. This light source may provide blue light, red light, or intense pulsed light (IPL). A doctor will...

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