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Photodynamic Light Treatment

Nothing is more painful to those in their teens than poor self-image. Acne creates a terrible cycle of self-consciousness, anxiety, depression and self-isolation. Our goal is to clear your skin, stop future breakouts, reduce existing scars and prevent future scarring. Photodynamic Acne Therapy is the quickest and most effective way to control acne and clear the skin. It does not require dangerous oral medication or long term dosing of antibiotics that requires strict compliance and can create antibiotic resistance and other complications. Is an especially effective in-office “power-level” treatment. PDT controls resistant, hard-to-treat active acne by combining light and a special light-activated solution that targets and destroys acne activity. PDT also diminishes older acne scars leaving your skin smoother.


  • rapid treatment of acne lesions all over the face
  • no scarring
  • no surgical excisions
  • no systemic side effects
  • skin appears refreshed and younger

Treatment Details

How many treatments will I need?

We advise 2-3 treatments at 2 to 3 week intervals to obtain optimal results. Particularly severe cases may require 5 sessions for the most complete control.

What to expect after your PDT session

We aren’t going to tell you that PDT is side effect free. PDT is a process that you will feel and see.

Redness and Peeling: Your skin will be red and you will have some skin peeling (and crusting in some instances) for several days after the treatment. Usually, the first 1-2 days are the worst. These effects are a small sacrifice for the major improvements you will gain.

Staying Inside: You must remain indoors 48 hours following your treatment to avoid sun exposure, as you are photosensitive for during that time and sun exposure could cause severe burns. Topical acne lotions can be used in between your Levulan treatments once the redness has settled down over a period of a few days – but only on the guidance of Dr. Kathleen J. Smith, FAAD.

Camouflaging redness: Pressed mineral base powder will hide most of the redness and is suitable for either males or females as it does not “look” like makeup. There are a number of brands you can choose from in department stores and drug stores. We don’t recommend liquid products that may contain oils or waxes.

What is a PDT treatment like?

Photodynamic Acne Treatment (PDT) is a process by which a photosensitizing agent (Levulan) is applied to your skin. A photosensitizing agent is a  special solution applied to the skin that is activated by a specific wavelength of light, which “turns it on.” Levulan has been used extensively for the treatment of a variety of different skin conditions. Levulan is a 20% solution of Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA). ALA is a “natural” product found in all humans throughout the body. It is a precursor for hemoglobin synthesis. You wouldn’t be able to make red blood cells to carry oxygen without ALA in your body.

The Levulan, which is a clear painless solution, is applied to your skin and left on for 15-60 minutes. It is then activated with a specific wavelength of light called BLU-U or Clear-Light. This takes about 8-10 minutes.

The Levulan is absorbed by active cells like acne sebaceous gland, making the targeted acne cells more sensitive to the light. This combined interaction of the solution and the light is what gives rise to the term “photodynamic therapy”.

Prepping for PDT

An important part of the treatment program is medical extraction of blackheads and acne pustules. This procedure will expedite the improvement in your skin condition by cleaning the pores of hardened sebum and infected debris. The treatment reduces skin oiliness and minimizes the appearance of pore size. The entire skin texture improves following a Photodynamic Acne Treatment.

Cost of PDT

Your insurance provider may cover PDT.  We will handle the Prior Authorization for you.  Once we get approval we will call you and schedule your appointment.


Since diagnosis is the first step to managing any chronic skin condition, teenagers who suffer from severe acne should request a consultation appointment: call Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta at 678-904-4932 now.

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