A new LED device used for photodynamic therapy in treatment of moderate to severe acne vulgaris

Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther. 2016 Mar;13:188-195. doi: 10.1016/j.pdpdt.2015.06.007. Epub 2015 Jun 23.


Objective: This study investigated the efficacy and safety of a newly designed LED device used in photodiagnosis and photodynamic therapy of moderate to severe acne vulgaris in Chinese patients.

Methods: Forty-six patients with moderate to severe facial acne showing high degrees of fluorescence by ultraviolet light examination were illuminated during ALA-PDT with two wavelengths of light (543-548 nm, and 630±6 nm, respectively) after 2 h of incubation with ALA. Each patient received treatment once every 30 days for two or three sessions. Two independent investigators assigned an acne severity score at baseline, one week after each treatment, as well as 4, 8, and 12 weeks after the completion of treatment. Adverse effects were recorded during and after each treatment. All patients rated their satisfaction with the results of treatment at a 12-week follow up visit.

Results: The ALA-PDL treatment regimen showed an overall effectiveness rate of 89.13% (41/46 patients). Some degree of clinical efficacy was seen in 71.42%, 86.67%, and 95.83% of patients with grades IV, V, and VI acne, respectively, and the rate of clinical effectiveness increased with increasing acne severity. When compared with baseline scores, significant reductions in acne scores were obtained at 8, and 12 weeks after completion of treatment. Maximum efficacy was shown at the 12 week follow up. No severe adverse events were observed.

Conclusion: ALA-PDT administered with the newly designed LED device was an effective treatment for moderate to severe acne vulgaris, and side effects were mild and reversible.

Keywords: ALA; Acne vulgaris; Green light; Photodiagnosis; Photodynamic therapy; Red light.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / drug therapy*
  • Acne Vulgaris / pathology*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Humans
  • Light
  • Lighting / instrumentation*
  • Photochemotherapy / instrumentation*
  • Photosensitizing Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Semiconductors*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Photosensitizing Agents