BLU-U PDTA is a light therapy used to treat mild to moderate acne, which it does by killing the bacteria that causes it. PDTA stands for PhotoDynamic Therapy, and it is a fluorescent blue light treatment as opposed to a laser or ultraviolet light treatment.
BLU-U PDTA is generally offered as an alternative to antibiotics or drugs. It can be used on all skin types.
What does the procedure involve?
The procedure is typically done in the dermatologist’s office. He may apply a topical cream to the treatment area.
It contains a medication that is absorbed by the acne-causing cells and converted into a light-sensitive chemical. When the cells containing that chemical are exposed to the BLU-U PDTA light, they are destroyed.
The patient sits in a chair with their face near the BLU-U PDTA lamp. The average session can last up to 20 minutes, and a typical course of treatments may last about five weeks.
What should the patient expect after their treatment?
The patient’s skin will be red from anywhere to a few hours to 14 days. Depending on the sensitivity of the patient’s skin and the amount of sun damage they had sustained, the patient may also develop mild blistering in the treatment area. It will typically heal within a week’s time.
How should the patient take care of themselves during the recovery period?
After the treatment, the patient will be advised to stay out of the sun for at least 40 hours because sun exposure can cause the treated skin to blister.
Similarly, the patient should avoid extreme heat exposure like that caused by saunas, stream rooms, hot showers and even strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours to prevent blisters.
The patient should take care not to let anything rub or otherwise irritate the skin. They should avoid hairspray, scrubs and hydroxy acid products.
What else can BLU-U PDTA be used to treat?
In addition to acne, BLU-U PDTA can be used to treat sebaceous hyperplasia, a condition characterized by enlarged sweat glands.
It may be used to remove precancerous skin lesions such as actinic keratoses. BLU-U PDTA can also be used to prevent skin cancer and improve the skin’s texture.
Who is not a good candidate for BLU-U PDTA?
Most healthy people can undergo BLU-U PDTA. Exceptions include people whose skin is unusually sensitive to blue light. People who have a blood disorder that can increase sensitivity to light should not undergo BLU-U PDTA. People who have lupus or are allergic to porphyrins should not undergo BLU-U PDTA.
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