How can it be treated?
There are many available options for the treatment of acne.
We wait to see whether a change will occur in terms of acne severity – improvement or worsening – without any intervention.
This may include changes of the cosmetic products used, changes of our diet and/or other daily habits, such as facial cleansing.
There are many topically applied formulations; some are available over the counter, while for others medical prescription by a specialised dermatologist is required.
The aim of oral medications may be the elimination of acne-related bacteria and/or to reduce sebum. In addition, contraceptive pills may be also used for women with acne.
The application of light beam or laser on the skin with the appropriate device.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT):
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a safe and effective method for the treatment of acne. In Photodynamic Therapy, the clear, visible spectrum of light is applied, which targets P. acnes and inflammation through its actions on the pathogenetic mechanisms of acne.
This treatment method has many advantages:
- Non-interventional treatment method without medications
- It can be used during periods with plenty of sunshine and during summer
- It does not prevent daily activities
- Patients can go directly outdoors
- It uses clear, visible and safe light
It can be used by people who do not want or cannot receive oral medication, such as:
- Women who are pregnant or want to become pregnant and during breastfeeding
- People who cannot tolerate orally administered medications
- Athletes and people that exercise intensively
- Blood donors
- People with depression
- People that have often nose bleeding
- People not tolerating lip or eye dryness
- People with various liver or renal conditions
- Patients with dyslipidemia
- Patients with inflammatory bowel disease
- Children and adolescents, so that to avoid oral medications and the possibility of antibiotics resistance from a young age.