AFYA Skin and Body Clinic uses an innovative treatment for Actinic Keratosis and Moderate to Severe Acne and Acne scarring. This treatment reduces unwanted skin damage, overactive oil glands and acne bacteria.
Levulan (Aminolevulinic acid 20%) is a naturally occurring photosensitizing compound, which has been approved by the FDA to treat pre-cancerous skin lesions called actinic keratosis. Levulan is applied to the skin and subsequently “activated” by a specific wavelength of light. This process of activating Levulan is termed Photodynamic Therapy. The purpose of activating the Levulan is to reduce pre-cancerous skin lesions. The treatment may improve the appearance of the skin and other signs of photoaging, decrease acne, reduces sebaceous hyperplasia, decrease oiliness of the skin, and improve texture/smoothness by minimizing pore size.
The Levulan, which is a clear painless solution, is applied to your skin and left on for 15-60 minutes. It is then activated with a specific wavelength of light called BLU-U or Clear-Light. This takes about 8-10 minutes. Alternate treatments may use Omnilux Red Light which drives the Levulan deeper into the acne blemish or Vbeam which can effectively multiply the bacteria-killing action of deeper cystic acne.
At AFYA Skin and Body Clinic in Waterloo & Guelph we offer an individual assessment of your personal goals before ensuring the Levulan Acne Treatment is right for you and your concerns. The Levulan Acne Treatment generally takes between 1 to 6 hours of application time and 30 minutes of LED light Activation.
Most clients will require a series of 2 to 3 treatments spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart for optimal results. For more severe cases you may require up to 6 sessions. Treatment results will be evident approximately 2 to 4 weeks post treatment.