Bid Acne Adieu With Photodynamic Therapy

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Photodynamic Therapy is a newly emerging procedure to get rid of lesions caused by skin cancer. It is quite an effective method to clear your skin. It makes use of photosynthesizing agents, oxygen and light, to create a photochemical reaction that selectively destroys cancer cells. In case of acne lesions, it is mainly used to enhance the effects of phototherapy and blue light therapy.

The photodynamic reaction between the photosynthesizing agents, light and oxygen, kills the cancer cells and produces a burnt kind of effect which heals in almost 4-8 weeks. It makes use of laser light because it is coherent, intense and monochromatic.

However there are some side-effects that may occur as the aftermath of this therapy:

1. Itchiness
2. Crusting
3. Stinging sensation
4. Peeling
5. Redness

Apart from these, there are a few things that you need to take care of after getting the photodynamic therapy done.

1. The treated area should not be exposed to the sun.
2. Use a dressing over the treated area.
3. The lesion may blister after the treatment which could take several weeks to heal.
4. Scarring is normally minimal.
5. Loss of pigmentation may occur which may be permanent.

Mainly used for treating cancer lesions, photodynamic theory has emerged as an enhancement for treating acne lesions as well. Though a new concept, the results are quite promising.

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