Blue Light Therapy
You no longer have to live with acne
precancerous sun spots
scarring due to acne
Photofacial light therapy is a treatment that is
non-invasive and effective. It is used to treat
acne, actinic keratoses as well as sun-damaged
skin. This procedure is non-invasive and pain
free, with full-face and neck treatments taking
approximately 90 minutes. The Blu-U acne light
works with all skin types (I-VI) (from pale
Caucasian to dark African skin types).
Blue light photodynamic therapy acts by killing acne causing bacteria, overactive oil glands and premalignant skin cells and precancers.
What is Blue Light?
Blue Light or Blu-U is a state-of-the-art
system and the latest technique in photofacial
therapy. The blue light system delivers painless
light of blue color that greatly enhances the
results of your skin rejuvenation.
What is Levulan?
Levulan (5-Amino Levulinic Acid) is a
medication that is applied to the skin. This
medication makes acne-causing bacteria and
precancerous sun spots more sensitive to the
Blu-U (Blue Light) treatments.
Can Levulan Photodynamic therapy be
used to treat acne?
Yes. This results in significant improvement
in mild to moderately-severe acne.
Acne can be treated with topical creams and
lotions, birth control pills, antibiotic pills,
retinoids, glycolic peels and microdermabrasion.
Now PDT is another safe and effective
alternative available for acne treatment.
Blu-U Levulan Photodynamic acne treatment
involves three mechanisms of action against
acne. Levulan treatment inactivates the bacteria
that trigger acne, exfoliates the skin to unclog
pores, and shuts down the oil glands (sebaceous
glands) in the skin. This can produce
Levulan acne therapy can even work in
patients who have failed prescription pills.
Results with Levulan PDT are especially
impressive when compared with conventional
treatments, such as topical medicines and oral
Can Levulan Photodynamic Therapy be
used for skin rejuvenation, precancerous sun
spots, improvement of sun damage and skin cancer
Yes. Levulan Photodynamic Therapy using Blue
Light can be used for non-surgical skin
rejuvenation. This procedure results in
significant improvement in precancerous
conditions such as actinic keratoses, sun
damaged skin and potentially superficial skin
cancers. Additionally it potentially prevents
the development of skin cancer. Levulan is
revolutionizing how we perform skin rejuvenation
and how we treat sun-damaged skin.
Levulan is preferentially absorbed by
precancerous cells. When combined with Blue
light the Levulan kills the cells, and leaves
the normal skin unharmed. It has the added
benefit of skin cancer prevention - killing
abnormal cells BEFORE they can become a skin
What else can Levulan Photodynamic
Therapy be used for?
- Removing precancerous skin lesions
- Preventing skin cancer
- Improving skin texture
- Treating sebaceous hyperplasia (enlarged
How safe is it? Are there any
The Blu-U treatment is very safe. The
blue-violet light penetrates just deep enough
into the tissue to reach the acne target. It contains
no ionizing radiation.
Even though there is no evidence of
complications, we will not perform this
treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How do I prepare for my treatment?
The face should be cleansed with soap and
water and free of any oil. Ladies need to be
make-up free during the treatment. Make-up may
be re-applied immediately after the treatment.
What should I expect after my
- There will be redness, and occasionally,
mild blistering or bruising of the treated
areas lasting from several hours to 3-14
days. This will depend on the sensitivity of
your skin and the severity of your sun
damage. Most people are completely healed
within 7 days.
- The treated area might “crust”, “flake”,
or look like a “cat scratch.” Some
crusting and scabbing is considered a good
result. This should resolve within 3-14
- Your skin will be more sensitive for a
few days up to a couple of weeks after your
There should be some
discomfort, but no significant pain.
- After 1 week, there might be some
residual redness that will subside after a
few days and can be covered with make-up.
Special precautions for 1 week after
- Keep the treated area out of the sun and
bright lights for 48 hours. Exposure to the
sun within this time period can lead to a
severe blistering burn in the areas that
- If outdoor exposure sun is unavoidable,
wear a hat with a brim, cover your face with
a scarf, wear large sunglasses and use
sunscreen. Sunscreen alone is NOT ENOUGH
PROTECTION to prevent a burn in the first 48
hours after treatment.
- You should continue to use sunscreen
daily for at least 4 weeks following
treatment regardless of the time of year or
if it is overcast or cloudy. Sun exposure
may lead to the production of blotchy dark
pigmentation which may take several months
- Avoid excessive heat exposure such as
saunas, steam rooms, hot showers or baths,
and strenuous exercising for 24 hours. This
prevents the risk of blistering.
- You can return to normal activities
immediately after treatment, as long as you
avoid bright light and sunlight for 48
- Avoid any aggressive skin care products
such as scrubs, exfoliants, alpha or beta
hydroxy acid products.
- Keep clothing from rubbing the treated
area and avoid other irritation to the area.
- Do not get hairspray on the treated
- Notify the office should you have any
prolonged redness, excessive puffiness, or
other unusual side effects.
Skin Care Regimen – immediately after
treatment and between your treatments
Specific instructions regarding cleansers,
moisturizers and sunscreen use will be provided
to you on the day of your treatment.
What should a person do if they get
significant redness, swelling, or pain after a
- Avoid the sun or bright lights as much
- Call the office where you had your
treatment. They should be happy to help you
and to answer your questions.
- If you are concerned that you have had
an abnormal reaction, have a cold sore, or
an infection - call your doctor's office
Who should not have PDT (Levulan
Photodynamic Therapy) treatments?
You should not be treated if you have:
- Skin sensitivity to blue light
- Porphyria (a disorder of the blood that
can lead to sensitivity to light)
- Allergies to chemicals called porphyrins
Is the cost of Levulan PDT covered by
How many treatments are required?
Typically, treatment sessions are
approximately 90 minutes long, once per month.
Precancerous sun spots (actinic keratoses)
require one to 4 treamtents with annual
maintenace. Acne usually requires 4 to 8
treatments, with maintenance every 4 to 6
months. It is important to keep the treatment
appointments recommended . By following the
treatment plan, you'll see maximum results and
enjoy clearer skin.
Before and After Pictures
To learn more please
contact us. We will be happy to
provide you with more information.