PDT treatment with Levulan for acne is it necessary to use Halobetasol cream after treatment?

I just had a PDT treatment with Levulan done today for treating acne.Levulan was on for 90 minutes and PDT light for 15 minutes. Doctor recommended for me to use Halobetasol 0.05 cream once a day for up to a week. I have read all the side effects and not sure if I want to use it. Is this cream really nesesary? I am fairly light, can my skin darken by not using this cream?

Doctor Answers 3

Steroids after PDT

If we anticipate an inflammatory flare up in severe cases, some of us prescribe steroids after PDT, some prescribe oral prednisone for a day or two, others creams- personally my advice is to follow your Specialist advice. It is your best interest, all the best, Dr Davin S. Lim. Brisbane. Australia. 


Brisbane Dermatologist
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Halobetasol and pdt

Thank you for your question.  I do not use steroids after PDT though I have heard it being used.  I would also be careful with steroids in your case since you were doing the PDT for acne.  Regards, Dr. Matt Elias

Matthew Elias, DO, FAAD
Fort Lauderdale Dermatologic Surgeon
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PDT For Acne and Steroid Creams

Some doctors use steroids after PDT to calm down the swelling, I typically don't. Its all individual preference.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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