"How I Cured My Cystic Acne"
What do you do when you've been struggling with cystic acne for years? You find a way to make it go away. Read on to see how one reader finally figured out a cure
Phase 5: Photodynamic TherapyThe end of my treatment protocol is near. The last stage of my cystic acne treatment is Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), which Shamban explains is an "intense procedure." It'll hurt like hell and require me to stay out of the sun for the entire weekend. But Shamban says it'll be worth the pain and weekend boredom, because a week after the treatment, my skin should look better than it ever has.
Here's how it goes down: Shannon Sher, Shamban's tech assistant, applies a topical levulinic amino acid all over my skin. Over the next hour, my damaged skin cells absorb the medication. Then, they put me under the blue laser light of the PDT machine -- this destroys the scarred cells while leaving the healthy cells untouched, Shamban says.
I know I'm supposed to wait a week for my full results, but I notice a difference right away. My skin looks a little tan -- even glowing. When Ben sees me, he asks, "Did you go on an overnight trip to Cabo without me?" This makes my day.
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