PhotoDynamic Therapy

The Turning Point for Acne Control

(Featured in Glamour Magazine)

A remarkable new treatment for resistant acne uses the sophistication of light-based technology combined with a safe, naturally occurring topical chemical. Cases of hard-to-treat, severe and persistent acne show striking improvement in five treatments.

“Photodynamic Therapy is indispensable in controlling cystic acne. Since acne cysts are responsible for acne scarring, it has become a first-line defense for both immediate acne management and prevention of post-acne scars. For the more difficult cases of Rosacea Acne, PDT is sometimes used as part of your control program.”


Photodynamic Therapy, often referred to as PDT, is a 2-step procedure.

Step 1: The first step is the application of the light-absorbing agent Levulan. This liquid is left on your skin for 45-60 minutes while it very selectively sinks into pimples, acne cysts and the overactive sebaceous glands that feed acne bacteria. The absorption of the Levulan essentially turns the acne and oil glands into “targets” for the next step – light.

Step 2: The unabsorbed Levulan is removed from your skin and you are placed under a special blue light. This light is drawn to the “targets”, strong oxygen radicals are formed and and the bacteria responsible for the acne is killed.


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Levulan is a “smart” solution. It is only absorbed by abnormal cells such as those in acne conditions, pre-cancerous actinic keratoses, and sun damage. It is the selectivity of this solution in targeting only bad cells that allows such quick success in restoring skin to a healthy normal condition.

Dr. Zaks sets high standards for acceptable treatment outcomes. Your PDT acne treatments are precisely customized for your level of severity.

“Photodynamic Therapy is not only a turning point in the control of your acne, it’s a turning point in how you live your life.”

Once the acne cycle is broken, a consistent yet simple home maintenance program will help prevent any serious relapse. An occasional single PDT session will keep your skin at it’s optimum level of improvement.

Photodynamic Acne Therapy is a dependable treatment with proven results.
Short term post-treatment side effects can include reddening of the skin, some mild peeling and sun-sensitivity. Please note that for the first 48 hours after a PDT treatment you must stay out of the sun.

On the day of your treatment, Dr. Zaks will personally perform your PDT treatment. We also perform PDT in a very unique way in order to minimize any side effects.

Your treatment will be performed only in the later afternoon or early evening. Once it is dark outside, you will be able to leave the office. By scheduling patients in this way, patients’ side effects are typically only 1-3 days of mild facial pinkness and very light flaking.

If this procedure is performed during daytime hours and the patient leaves the clinic, he or she will get an “overdose” of light therapy. This will result in about a week of downtime: significant redness, burning, and peeling. Dr. Zaks’ method is exceptionally unique and allows for very quickly healing, minimal downtime, and without any discomfort.

He feels strongly that this procedure should only be done later in the day in order for the patient to have very minimal side effects such as mild facial pinkness only. Please call our office (310-552-3376) to schedule a consultation for this revolutionary treatment.

Dr. Zaks has a well-respected reputation within the Los Angeles Dermatology community as having particular expertise with severe acne. His ability to fine-tune his treatment for acne sufferers has made him one of the most sought-after Dermatologists in the country.

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SUPERIOR Beverly Hills Dermatology Clinic, Inc
435 N. Roxbury Drive
Suite 408
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Call: 310-552-3376
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