The BLU-U light device targets “porphyrins” within your skin, in the pores. These are caused by the P. acnes bacteria, which is associated with inflammatory acne. With this treatment the bacteria are killed and the acne is improved leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. Treatments are repeated once or twice per week for eight to 12 sessions. Dr. Slazinski’s long experience has shown a significant portion of patients will improve within the first few months of treatment. This treatment is incredibly safe and easy and entirely painless. The patient sits with the light device around the body area to be treated for 8-16 minutes with a bright light shining directly on the skin surface. There is usually no aftercare necessary and little if any downtime.
The BLU-U treatment may be significantly enhanced by the addition of the Levulan kerastick to the treatment protocol. This process, called Photodynamic Therapy”, or “ALA/PDT”, involves using the topical photosensitizer Levulan (5-aminolevulinic acid) to activate the wavelength of light. This naturally occurring compound is absorbed by oil glands and with proper light activation minimizes pore size, decreases acne and may even reduce some acne scars.
The Levulan process involves the application of this topical solution to the face (or whatever area is to be treated) which makes the acne more sensitive to light. This compound is left in place for 30 minutes up to an hour or more in most cases and then the light therapy is begun. Most patients will experience some mild redness and swelling after treatment and slight stinging. All patients must completely avoid ultraviolet light exposure for a solid 24-48 hours after treatment. Repeat treatment sessions may be performed every few weeks until optimal effect is reached.