i was diagnosed with cystic acne 3 years ago and took accutane for 5 to 6 months.i was greatly improved but after a while sebum started to appear on my face and scalp along with the ocasional acne outbursts.i have decided to get pdt treament.i want to know if it is safe and if its result is permanent or not.thanks in advance
Does Photodynamic Therapy Have Permanent Effect?
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PDT for Acne
Unfortunately I am not aware of any permanent treatment for acne. As you have learned, even Accutane can not guarantee a permanent resolution, as the causes for acne are multifactorial. I perform a great deal of photodynamic therapy treatments, with a high patient satisfaction rate. Patients always have the realistic expectation that their acne may come back, and I have had patients that have been able to stay clear (still having the occasional white or black head) for anywhere between 6months to 2 years. When they are bothered by their acne again, they return and typically have another treatment. The photodynamic therapy treatments I perform do typically involve the use of 3-4 different lasers and light sources, which is typically more aggressive than ones only use 1-2 lasers or light sources. Good luck!
PDT for acne is not permanent
Based on research data, photodynamic therapy can temporary improve acne by killing the bacteria and decreasing redness but it does not offer long term benefit (similar effect as oral antibiotics). However, if your natural course of acne is getting better, based on your gender, age and hormone status, it can offer short term rescue (improve your acne for 1-2 months) and help your acne along the way.
Photodynamic therapy for acne
Photodynamic therapy is an effective treatment for many people with acne. In some cases it can really clear up your acne for a long time, and in other cases it may need to be repeated on a periodic basis. Best to speak with a dermatologist to make sure this is the best treatment for you.