Blu-U® Blue-Light

Blu-U® Blue-Light Photodynamic Therapy / Levulan® Kerastick® For Actinic Keratosis and Acne

Photodynamic Therapy is appropriate for the treatment of sun damage and more advanced Actinic Keratosis (AK) diagnoses. Blu-U® Light combined with Levulan® is simple and safe, and is often covered by Insurance. In addition, Blu-U® Light Therapy can be very effective when combined with chemical peels to treat acne. Please discuss with our medical providers to determine if this service would be beneficial to you.

What is Actinic Keratosis?

An actinic keratosis (AKs) is a rough, scaly patch on the skin, caused by excessive exposure to the sun. They can sometimes progress into dangerous skin cancers. More than 5 million Americans live with these lesions, and far too many people ignore them, leaving them untreated. This can have serious consequences.

Doctors estimate that 40% of squamous cell carcinomas, the second leading cause of skin cancer deaths in the United States, begin as AKs. And without performing a skin biopsy, it can be almost impossible for a doctor to distinguish an actinic keratosis from a squamous cell carcinoma. The solution, Levulan, is applied to your skin/affected area and sits for 1-3 hours. Then the patient is placed in front of the Blu-light for a 17 minute treatment. Sunscreen is added to the area after the treatment and you need to stay out of the sun for a few days post treatment.

How Does Photodynamic Therapy Work?

With Levulan™ Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) sun-damaged skin, fine lines, blotchy pigmentation and rough skin patches are greatly improved. PDT even has the unique ability to minimize pores and reduce oil glands.The therapy involves an application of a topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan. Levulan is a substance that is naturally occurring in the body. When applied topically, it is selectively absorbed into rapidly growing photo damaged skin cells, sebaceous glands, hair follicles and actinic keratoses lesions (AKs).

Using light from either our IPL or BLU-U light sources converts the Levulan into a photosensitizing agent, and it destroys the target cells. The skin improves in both texture and tone. A much appreciated effect of PDT is the reduction of pore size since the sebaceous glands are tempered, reducing oil flow and consequently pore blockage.

Schedule An Appointment

Come see one of our providers for treatment consultation. Contact Wake Health Medical Group in Raleigh, NC at (919) 554-6754 or schedule an consultation online.

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