Treatment Sheds New Light on Teen and Adult Active Acne

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Photodynamic Therapy provides long-term results for the treatment of active acne.

For many adults today, the memories of embarrassing acne outbreaks from those long forgotten teenage years have faded away. But for millions of men and women, the acne they thought they left behind in their adolescence, is flaring up once again and just in time for that job interview or much anticipated high school reunion. The Skin Center Medical Spa, with locations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, offers a revolutionary new treatment called PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT) to clear up stubborn acne outbreaks.

PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT) involves the application of a clear, topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan®. The Levulan® is left on the treatment area for 30 -90 minutes, at which time it is activated with an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment. During an IPL treatment, a handheld device delivers a series of gentle pulses of light to the skin. There is no downtime because the laser energy bypasses the epidermis and is absorbed by the deeper dermal layer of skin.

“We have seen tremendous results with Photodynamic Therapy in the treatment of active acne for adults and teens,” said Dominic Brandy, M.D., founding medical director of The Skin Center Medical Spa. “Initial reports show that over 50 percent of patients treated with moderate to severe acne have remained clear long-term. Those results are truly amazing.”

In addition to treating acne, PDT has proven effective in treating sun-damaged skin, pre-cancerous spots called actinic keratosis, sun spots and fine lines, and hyper-pigmentation. An added benefit of PDT is that it minimizes pores and reduces oil glands, resulting in significant improvement to the overall appearance, texture and tone of the skin.

The Skin Center Medical Spa specializes in non-invasive and minimally invasive aesthetic procedures designed to improve a person’s appearance with little or no downtime. Offering the most sought-after facial rejuvenation treatments on the market today including Botox® Cosmetic, wrinkle fillers, gentle laser treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser hair removal, The Skin Center Medical Spa is the foremost authority in advanced age-defying skin treatments.

For more information about PhotoDynamic Therapy, contact The Skin Center Medical Spa at 1-800-429-1151 or visit

The Skin Center Medical Spa, located in Pennsylvania and Ohio, is the region’s premier, full-service medical spa offering the latest advancements in surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Our medical staff provides prescription-grade skincare, physician-directed laser treatments and cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. The Skin Center Medical Spa was founded in 1981 in Pittsburgh, PA, by Dominic Brandy, MD, board-certified cosmetic surgeon. For more information about The Skin Center Medical Spa, contact 1 (800) 429-1151 or visit


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