LED Treatment for Actinic Keratosis?

Does LED Light Systems Help or Work with Atinic Keratosis & if So What Were the Results? I am also interested in it's use verse IPL for Rosacea. Information on IPL's is more abundant than with LED lights and hence I would appreciate input on LED.

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LED light can activate photosensitizers to treat actinic keratoses

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LED light by itself does not do anything for actinic keratoses. However, when combined with photosensitizers such as Levulan (using Blue light) or Metvixia (using Red light), LED light can serve as a potent light source as part of photodynamic therapy (PDT).

LED and precancerous lesions

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LED therapy can be used in conjunction with levulan or metvixia to treat AKs.  As a stand alone treatment LED therapy is not effective for treating actinic keratoses.

Brian Biesman, MD
Nashville Oculoplastic Surgeon
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LED Treatment for Actinic Keratosis

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LED (Light Emitting Diode) treatment is not effective for actinic keratoses. LED treatments will stimulate collagen production in the skin which will help to shrink pores and give you a smoother complexion. It will not reverse or treat damage to the skin from the sun. There are much more effective ways of treating actinic keratoses such as cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen, chemotherapy creams, or PDT.

LED Alone Will Not Treat Actinic Keratosis

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I'm sorry but LED alone is not effective on Actinic Keratosis.  Combing the light with Levulan will treat sundamaged skin that has precancerous lesions like Actinic Keratosis.

Hope this helps.


Dr. Grant Stevens        

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