A single-center study of aminolevulinic acid and 417 NM photodynamic therapy in the treatment of moderate to severe acne vulgaris

J Drugs Dermatol. 2003 Aug;2(4):393-6.


This article describes a single-center trial involving twenty-two patients with acne vulgaris. Blu-U light was used in all patients, while half were pre-treated with aminolevulinic acid. Preliminary results show promise for this treatment in mild to moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / classification
  • Acne Vulgaris / drug therapy*
  • Aminolevulinic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Aminolevulinic Acid / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Humans
  • Photochemotherapy / methods*
  • Photosensitizing Agents / administration & dosage
  • Photosensitizing Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Photosensitizing Agents
  • Aminolevulinic Acid