Facial rejuvenation using photodynamic therapy with a novel preparation of ALA and hyaluronic acid in young adults

Alisen Huang, Julie K. Nguyen, Evan Austin, Andrew Mamalis, Marc Cohen, Boris Semkhayev, Derek Ho, Jared Jagdeo

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Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a well-established, non-invasive treatment modality that has shown desirable effects such as improvement of fine lines, dyspigmentation, and other signs of photodamage. Many patients seek to decrease, or reverse, effects of sun damage on the skin. Hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring glycosaminoglycan found in the body, has enormous potential to bind water which allows the skin to retain moisture and maintain elasticity. Topical application of HA has been found to produce anti-wrinkle effects. We conducted a pilot case series evaluating the safety and efficacy of a commercially available 2% 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) gel with hyaluronic acid (ALA-HA) and light-emitting diode-red light (LED-RL) for facial rejuvenation as determined by clinical assessments and digital skin analysis of rhytides, pore size, and erythema. All patients noted improvement of their skin and experienced minimal pain during PDT. Evaluation by dermatologists demonstrated significant improvement in overall skin appearance. Digital analysis of photographs revealed improvement of skin spots, wrinkles, pores, texture, UV spots, brown spots, red areas, and porphyrins. Our findings demonstrated safety and efficacy of this novel preparation of photodynamic gel with HA and subsequent activation with LED-RL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalArchives of Dermatological Research
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Photodynamic therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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