There is Help for Acne Sufferers

Acne is not just a problem for teenagers; it can affect people from ages 10 through 40. It is not unusual for women, in particular, to develop acne in their mid- to late-20s, even if they have never had a breakout. Acne can cause a lot of trouble with self-esteem for those with severe cases. It can appear on the skin as any of the following, wherever there are oily (sebaceous) glands, mainly on the face, chest, and back:

  • Congested pores
  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Pimples
  • Pustules
  • Orcysts

For severe acne, we treat our patients with Photodynamic Therapy. The process includes washing the face with acetone. Then a light microdermabrasion is performed. We apply the Levulan (which is activated by the laser light) to the area being treated and it is left on for about 30 minutes. Then the levulan is washed off and laser treatment follows.

Levulan is a 20% solution of ALA (Aminolevulonic Acid is natural substance found throughout our body). The Levulan targets active acne cells and is absorbed by the sebaceous glands. Once the levulan is activated by the laser’s light the skins oiliness decreases. The appearance of pores is minimized, and the entire skin texture improves.


See this video from San Diego Living with Cassandra’s story how we helped her improve her self-esteem and allowed her to wear her hair up, off her face, for the first time. She had a dramatic improvement after just one treatment! We helped her and we can help you too. Contact Scripps Ranch Dermatology & Cosmetic Center to learn more.

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About Dr. Tess M.D., F.A.A.D.

My mission is to use my extensive training, expertise, and artistic sense to promote self esteem, build confidence, and improve my patients' quality of life.

Posted on October 2, 2009, in Treatment for Acne and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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