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Renovus recommends two skin repair techniques:

Acne Treatment

Actinic Keratosis & Photo aging Treatment

PDT can also be used to treat sun damaged skin both pre cancerous change called Actinic Keratosis as well as other signs of sun damage including fine lines and wrinkles, dilated facial blood vessels, large pores, brown spots, and rough texture. The treatment schedule is slightly different then that used in treating acne but when combined with laser therapy the results can be impressive.

Acne Treatment

A Turning Point for Acne Control

PDT or photodynamic therapy is a topical treatment for various skin conditions that has been in use for many years.  It involves applying a clear liquid that combines with cells on the surface of the skin and converts to a chemical already present in small amounts in your blood stream. This chemical rapidly enters abnormal skin cells and overactive oil glands of the skin.  The higher concentrations now present in the skin make the area temporarily very sensitive to sunlight radiation and can create a sunburn type reaction.  People that have an abnormal amount in their bodies because of a genetic defect are unable to be in the sunlight for more than a few minutes without receiving severe sunburn reactions.  In your case, however, this chemical wears off the skin that it was applied to in 24 to 36 hours.  During this time you must stay out of direct sunlight to try to prevent this localized sunburn reaction.

 

 

Q. How is the treatment performed?
A. In our office the skin is first cleansed and the clear liquid is rubbed into the area to be treated. It is then allowed to absorb into the skin for 1 to 2 hours while you wait in the office. The BLU-U blue light is used to activate the chemical on the skin and within the overactive oil gland. You sit with your face close to the light for a short time at a schedule set up by Dr. Clemons, approximately a 17-minute session about once or twice per week. The treatments may go on for five weeks or so. It’s safe, it’s not hot, it’s not painful. After some weeks, the blue light can help control your acne.
Q. What is BLU-U Blue Light Treatment?blue
A. The BLU-U is a unique blue light that kills the P. acne bacteria in your skin. Treatments are simple – you sit with your face close to the light for a short time at a schedule set up by Dr. Clemons, approximately a 17-minute session about once or twice per week. The treatments may go on for five weeks or so. It’s safe, it’s not hot, it’s not painful. After some weeks, the blue light can help control your acne.
Q. What can I expect?
A. For patients with acne and Rosacea, the skin will become less oily and the inflammatory pimples and cysts will dry up. Blackheads will be removed and the pores will tighten. The red color and dilated blood vessels will revert to a more normal appearance. For sun damage patients the skin will become smoother, the red and brown discolored areas will improve and the skin will noticeably tighten. Fine wrinkles will also improve and often vanish. You will have a younger fresher appearance to your skin.

 

 

Actinic Keratosis & Photo aging Treatment

What are Actinic Keratoses?

Actinic keratoses (AK’s) are rough – textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that are caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet light (UV) such as sunlight. More than 10 million Americans have AK’s

  • AK’s are often called “sunspots”
  • They occur most often on the face, scalp, ears, neck, hands and arms.
  • They can range in color from skin-tone to reddish brown
  • They can be as small as a pinhead or as large as a quarter

Who gets Actinic Keratosis?

AK’s develop as the results of years of sun exposure. Because the effects of sun exposure is cumulative, it is your lifetime exposure that increases your risk. Even if you didn’t suntan much, years of just doing simple tasks outside can add up to a significant amount of sun exposure.

Because Actinic Keratosis take a long time to develope, they generally appear after the age of 40. Your risk of developing AK’s increases if you have one or more of the risk factors.

What are some of the risk factors?

  • A history of cumulative sun exposure
  • Fair skin
  • Blond or red hair, in particular if combined with blue, hazel or green eyes
  • A tendency to freckle or burn after sun exposure
  • A weakened immune system