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Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy – When teens and adults are struggling with symptoms of acne, they will often assume that oral medications, including antibiotics and even Isotretinoin (Accutane) are their only effective treatment options.  For those patients who are reluctant to take systemic medications for various reasons, including fear of side effects or medication allergies, new acne treatment options exist.  Dr. Bernard Gasch discusses the rise in popularity of a cutting-edge new alternative: BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy.

“Photodynamic therapy has changed the way we can manage mild to severe acne without the use of oral medications,” explains Dr. Gasch.  For mild to moderate acne, Blue Light Therapy alone is administered in quick, 16-minute sessions, once or twice weekly for a total of 8 treatments”  During the treatment, patients sit in front of special blue light that works to kill propionibacterium acnes, the skin bacteria which is implicated in causing acne.

Dr. Gasch explains that “Blue Light Therapy is non-invasive and pain-free.  “Also, besides being effective in treating mild to moderate acne  patients love the quick and simple nature of the treatment sessions.”

For more severe forms of acne, Dr. Gasch utilizes a unique topical solution called Levulan which is usually applied for 2 hours prior to the Blue Light treatment.  “This not only increases the effectiveness of the Blue light treatments in targeting deeper and more inflamed acne lesions, but also helps the appearance of scarring resulting from acne.”  With this augmented Blu Light treatment patients usually trade an enhanced result for a mild sunburn-like redness lasting up to a week, as well as some mild tingling sensation during the treatment.  “It has been suggested that four of these treatments is equivalent in effectiveness to a 5-month course of Accutane, with long-lasting benefits,” reports Dr. Gasch.

Speaking on the growing popularity of Photodynamic Therapy, Dr. Gasch offered this: “Since we introduced the treatment in our practice, the response we’ve been seeing has been very positive.  Patients are reporting significant improvement and new patients to our practice are now requesting the treatment first-line, especially those who cannot or do not want to take oral medications.”