Photodynamic Therapy for Acne
Photodynamic Therapy for Acne

Photodynamic Therapy for Acne

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Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive therapy that uses light treatments along with an application of a photosensitizing agent. The photosensitizing agent is applied to the skin, causing the skin to become more susceptible, or receptive, to light.

After the photosensitizing agent is applied, light treatment is administered

PDT is thought to work by shrinking the skin's oil glands. This can reduce the amount of oil within the pores, thereby reducing comedones. For those with moderate to severe acne that doesn't respond well to traditional topical treatments, this is good news.

PDT may also kill bacteria that cause acne breakouts and normalize the shedding of dead skin cells within the follicle. It also seems to improve the skin's overall texture and holds promise in the repair of acne scarring.

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  • Treatment is administered by a qualified healthcare professional
  • Low downtime
  • High ratings for cosmetic response
  • No scarring reported to date


Acne is one of the most widespread skin ailments in the U.S., impacting about 60 million people each year. While many cases are considered mild and may be controlled with medication and a consistent at-home cleansing program, many people have bad enough acne that scarring occurs. Acne includes whiteheads, pimples, blackheads, and small cysts. In addition, patients can also suffer from redness, itchiness, or swelling on or around the affected skin. Caused by a combination of dead skin cells, bacteria, and clogged pores, acne is most frequently seen in teens but can also affect adults as old as 40 years of age. Acne most commonly shows up on the face, neck, chest, and back. To regain a healthier, more luminous look, seasoned dermatologist Dr. Mary Pentel at Southside Dermatology & Laser Cosmetic Center in Jacksonville, FL can provide numerous treatment options, which range from personalized at-home cleaning methods to chemical peels and laser therapy.


Acne flare-ups occur for a number of different reasons, such as hormonal changes related to puberty, pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause. Also, certain drugs and medications (such as the birth control pill) can lead to acne, as can anxiety or an unhealthy diet. Once we identify the specific cause of acne, we can establish a proper treatment program.

Treatment Type Light Therapies
Treatment Problem or Condition Active Acne, Age Spots/Sun Damage, Fine Lines, Hypopigmentation, Wrinkles
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Brand None
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Research indicates that store-bought drugs do not treat acne efficiently. Southside Dermatology & Laser Cosmetic Center offers many therapy options to control and maintain acne and clear up its symptoms. Patients can choose from photodynamic therapy (PDT), Forever Clear BBL™, chemical peels, HydraFacials, Fraxel®, Halo™, Laser Genesis, or laser skin resurfacing. Many of these treatments can not only aid in easing acne but can also reduce the appearance of acne scars.

For milder cases of acne, we may recommend prescription creams or cleansers that contain sulfur, retinoids, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Additionally, there are effective oral antibiotics, such as minocycline, doxycycline, and tetracycline. 

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