PDT is a form of therapy involving the use of a light source in combination with light-sensitive medication or creams to alter the activity of cells. Traditionally in the NHS, PDP is used for the treatment of some skin and eye conditions, as well as certain types of cancer.
At Hardwick Clinic we combine Light-based PDT with chemical peels and skin care products to achieve a bespoke treatment protocol that suits you. These protocols are especially effective for the treatment of acne, sun damage and to improve skin quality to reduce signs of ageing.
It is well established that PDT for acne treatment is able to reduce the activity of overactive sebaceous glands and also kills acne causing bacteria. In essence, PDT is treating the root cause of acne. PDT is also helpful for minimising acne scars and improving the general health of acne affected skin. PDT is often helpful when many other acne treatments have failed or have not produced substantial improvement. It may take several sessions to see the benefits of photodynamic therapy in treatment of acne. The results are, however, semi-permanent, lasting for several months and sometimes even longer.
In aging and/or photo damaged skin PDT works by reducing microinflammation, hence reducing collagen degradation in the skin. The aged skin is also often deprived of circulation and lymphatic drainage. Reducing inflammation with PDT also causes improvements in blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, promoting regeneration processes. Hence, there is an improvementment in the appearance of the aged or photo damaged skin.
PDT in general has very few contraindications and is very well tolerated. However, if PDT is combined with chemical peels, consideration should be taken to assess your suitability for chemical peels (highlife). It is also advised to discontinue the use of retinoid or stop any creams which may contain retinoid 5 days prior PDT. PDP is contraindicated in Lupus and photosensitivity dermatitis.
PDT is suitable for the treatment of many conditions, if you are unsure, please contact our doctor to enquire further about whether PDT may be right for you.
You should not have PDT if you have photo-sensitive dermatitis or Lupus or certain types of cancer, please get in touch if you are unsure.