How I Perform ALA-Photodynamic Therapy in My Practice

  • Dore J. GilbertEmail author


ALA-PDT is a safe and efficacious therapy for the treatment and rejuvenation of sun-damaged skin, AKs and actinic porokeratoses, and acne. Clearance rates are typically very high with only several treatments. ALA-PDT does not require prolonged application and contact time compared with chemotherapeutic agents, resulting in reduced adverse events. Further, compared with other topical or systemic therapies, ALA-PDT is cost effective when applied to multiple lesions or broad areas. There may be some disadvantages associated with ALA-PDT including the downtime involved due to sun avoidance following a treatment, and the small-to-moderate risk of postinflammatory hyperpigmentation that directly relates to your skin type. In addition, many patients require multiple treatments to produce the desired results. Overall, ALA-PDT therapy provides a suitable alternative for treating sun-damaged skin, AKs, and acne.


Sebaceous Gland Actinic Keratosis Light Therapy Intense Pulse Light Actinic Keratosis Lesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Newport Dermatology and Laser AssociatesNewport BeachUSA

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