Although many believe acne is a condition that affects only teenagers, millions of adults suffer from it as well. Acne is a common skin condition that can leave you feeling uncomfortable with the appearance of your skin, and can cause permanent scarring. Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery treats active acne for patients in the Phoenix and Goodyear, AZ areas.
Our clinic offers the latest advance in technology to treat light to moderate recurrent acne in adolescents and adults: the BLU-U® (blue visible light spectrum). The BLU-U® is a non-laser visible blue light device that targets the bacteria in the oil glands, eliminating a major contributor in the process of acne production.
Blu-U treatment is designed for mild to moderate acne and involves exposure to this unique blue light for about 30 minutes, twice a week, for a minimum of four to five weeks. The procedure is non-invasive, safe and has no downtime and no discomfort. For best results, we can customize an acne treatment program for you with a combination of Blu-U treatments, microdermabrasions and/or chemical peels and home care acne products.
PDT (PhotoDynamic Therapy)
For more serious acne, such as cystic acne, or if excessive oil production is a major contributing factor, a topical photosensitizing agent called aminolevulinic acid (Levulan®) may be added to the BLU-U® light treatments. This Photodynamic Therapy, or PDT, results in facial redness and mild peeling, so patients need to plan for approximately 1 week of downtime. PDT combats acne in several ways and has numerous benefits:
- kills bacteria
- shuts down sebaceous glands
- unclogs pores by exfoliating skin
- re-texturizing the skin to smooth the appearance of acne scarring
By addressing these root causes of acne, long-term reduction of acne is obtained.
Depending on the nature of your acne, you may need only one treatment, or you may require several over the course of three to six months. It is often the case that acne patients in Phoenix and Goodyear, AZ choose to return for a maintenance treatment once or twice a year.