Light therapies are relatively new and may be unfamiliar to many patients seeking solutions for stubborn acne. Our experienced physicians are continually advancing their knowledge of innovative technologies that may benefit their patients. Blue light therapy, in particular, a form of photodynamic therapy (PDT), may be recommended for the treatment of acne. At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to assisting patients in the Centreville area with their skin care concerns.
What is photodynamic therapy?
In dermatologic terms, “photo” means light. “Dynamic” is a term used to describe action. Photodynamic therapy is the action of light in the skin. Treatment is completed over a period of a few hours.
- We begin by gently cleansing the skin and “degreasing” it with a mild scrub.
- A medication is then applied over the entire face, where it remains for an hour or two depending on the recommendation of the prescribing physician. This medication targets glands and cells, causing them to have greater sensitivity to light.
- Once medication has been absorbed into glands and cells, blue light is directed towards the face for a prescribed period of time. This is usually no more than twenty minutes. During the first five minutes of light treatment, mild discomfort may occur.
After light therapy for acne, the skin may appear slightly red and protection with an adequate sunscreen must take place. Sun exposure should be mindfully avoided for the first two days after treatment, as the skin remains highly sensitive to light. Slight swelling, redness, and irritation may continue for several days as skin cells react to light treatment. As the skin heals, it becomes clearer, smoother, and healthier.
If you are interested in learning more about the services and treatments we offer, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.