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Photodynamic Therapy (a treatment usually consisting of a photosensitizing agent, light and tissue oxygen) is gaining popularity for its ability to treat more than just skin diseases. Internal organs and cancer sites are now being treated with PDT using endoscopes and fibre optic catheters. Even though some research papers about rosacea and PDT are available, […]

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The Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen is currently recruiting patients for a study comparing  the “efficacy and adverse effect from long-pulsed dye laser versus long-pulsed dye laser-mediated photodynamic therapy for acne vulgaris and rosacea.” The study is titled Laser-Mediated Photodynamic Therapy of Acne Vulgaris and Rosacea When aminolevulinic acid (Levulan) is applied to the skin and it […]

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This study did not address rosacea, and PDT may not be suitable for all rosacea sufferers, so please do your research. Check out be careful with Levulan (aminolevulinic acid) for some group feedback. Topical photodynamic therapy for treatment of facial erythema with acnevulgaris, Eun Ju Hwang, MD, Modelo Clinic, Seoul, South Korea; Kyle Seo, MD, PhD, […]

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This paper was postulating that some of the benefits of PDT could be attributed to the change in skin flora (bacteria) as a result of the topical pre-treatment or the light irradiation used by this form of treatment. Their results show that the reduction in flora was not significant, so some other mechanism of benefit […]

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PDT shows promise for rosacea treatment

Written by on February 22, 2006 in PDT with 1 Comment

A recent Rosacea News item titled `be careful with Levulan (aminolevulinic acid)‘ urged care with this new form of photodynamic therapy. Hot off the press are these 2 articles that offer some promise for the use of Photodynamic Therapy in treating rosacea. The warning is still worth considering given that this is a relatively new […]

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