Photodynamic therapy (PDT) in Cardiff, Newport, South Wales and the UK.

Worried about changes in the appearance of your skin?

The British Association of Dermatologists recommends that you tell your doctor or contact a dermatologist about any changes to a mole or the appearance of any part of your skin, including any persistent flaking, scab formation, ulceration and itching.

Sun damaged skin (actinic keratoses or AK’s) .

Actinic keratoses are areas of sun-damaged skin found predominantly on sun-exposed parts of the body. Typical sites affected include the backs of the hands, forearms, face and ears. The scalp in balding men and the lower legs in women are common sites.  usually harmless but there is a very small risk of some actinic keratoses developing into a form of skin cancer

What causes actinic keratoses?

Excessive sun exposure over many years (from sunbathing, sunbed use, outdoor work or recreational activities) and are  more common in older people. Fair-skinned, blue-eyed, red- or blonde-haired individuals, who burn easily in the sun but tan poorly, are at particular risk.

What is photodynamic therapy?

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a novel and effective technique for treating sun-damaged skin. In PDT irradiation of the skin with high intensity red light activates a cream which has been applied to the affected area. This treatment destroys any abnormal cells in the skin before they turn cancerous. PDT involves the use of a light-sensitive cream (a photosensitiser). This photosensitiser is, by itself, harmless but is absorbed by the sun-damaged skin cells which are then destroyed by the light source used.

What other skin conditions can be treated with photodynamic therapy?

PDT can be used to treat various skin conditions including:

  • Thin basal cell carcinomas at “low risk” sites
  • Bowen’s Disease – a pre cancerous lesion appearing as slowly enlarging reddish /pink areas.

If you are concerned with changes to the appearance of your skin contact The Clear Skin Dermatology Treatment Clinic for an immediate appointment.