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Pro Treatment Review- Allumera Photodynamic Therapy

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
February 7, 2012 Reviewed by Mark 5 Comments
Whether your favorite products just aren’t enough for the results you are looking for, or you are ready to take your anti-aging skincare to the next level, there is a veritable arsenal of treatments out there for you to ponder. With keen interest I watch my email to see what new treatments my dermatologist has, and a few months ago my curiosity was piqued by a new procedure called Allumera Photodynamic Therapy. The treatment consists of a topical light absorbing cream (Allumera) that’s activated by exposing the skin to a source of light determined by your healthcare professional.

This treatment is aimed at restoring a youthful and even-toned appearance without surgery. Possible benefits are an overall improvement of the skin, even skin tone, smoother skin texture, decreased pore size, and lessening of fine lines.

Although I’m always keen on the idea of an overall skin improvement, I was hooked at the mention of decreasing pores - my area of concern is the nose. So as soon as I saw the email offering the Allumera at an introductory $400 (regular price, $600 per treatment) and checked out the before-and-after pics on the company’s website, I made my appointment.

The first step was to apply the Allumera cream. So then I just chilled out for an hour to allow it to absorb into my skin. Right after application there was just the very slightest bit of tingling, lasting only a few minutes. After the hour had elapsed I washed the cream from my face, ready for the second step of treating the area with an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser. Since I’ve had IPL treatments before, I knew to expect it to feel quite warm with an occasional slight sting as the IPL delivers the light pulses, but it was not uncomfortable. Immediately after the treatment my skin was a very light pink (like a very mild sunburn). The slight redness disappeared after a couple of hours, but there was no downtime or pain afterward. However, you must use sunscreen and avoid any sun exposure for 72 hours afterward. The only after-care is a gentle cleanser followed by a light moisturizer and sunscreen.

Treatments are recommended four weeks apart with up to three treatments performed, determined by you and your provider, with full results seen by three months after completion. I had two treatments spaced four weeks apart. Now that I have crossed the three-month period after the last treatment, I felt confident to share my results. About two weeks after the first treatment I did notice a lighter overall appearance to my face and even more so about a week after the second treatment. The slight ruddiness of my skin was gone and my skin did appear brighter and fresher.

Although not a huge improvement, I have noticed a slight diminishing in the pore size. I can’t really say I see a difference in fine lines; however, my skin texture is visibly smoother and softer. Perhaps a third treatment may have bumped up the overall results. Are the improvements I personally see worth the treatment? Yes - and I would do it again. (Note: This treatment is not for dark-skinned individuals and not recommended if you are pregnant. You can check out the Allumera website for more information.) Pleased with the results, I would recommend this treatment for guys or girls to freshen up your appearance.
  • November 16, 2012

    by Barbara

    Hello, I have had 3 Allumera treatments and have experienced the exact opposite of what I was promised. I see all these lines all over my face, frown lines I never had, and pores look larger and skin is leather-like. My skin looks deflated as well. I noticed this after my 1st treatment and voiced my concerns and was told by the woman (who is not an actual doctor but works in a reputable skin and laser surgery office) that it is just dry skin and I was then convinced to buy all new skincare products when my skin is not dry. I now have lines above my lip as well I never had. After my 1st treatment I read up on Allumera again and noticed the instructions said to wash the cream off before you go under the light. The woman DID NOT wash the cream off, for all 3 treatments. I told the woman that she wsa doing it differently than everywhere I read and she told me this is how she was taught and that I was wrong. So I kept the faith. I am supposed to go to my last (4th) treatment tomorrow but don't even want to after reading about some horror stories on IPL in general, even though this is Allumera but still uses a light. Could her not washing the cream off be causing these lines, leathery skin, larger pores? Also, another doctor in the same office then suggested I do IPL next. I am 37 and was just wanting to improve texture, sun spots, and fine lines. Thanks in advance for any input you can provide.

    Regards :)

  • February 9, 2012

    by Marta

    Thanks for a really interesting review Mark and Arandjel for the ingredients (Hervix looks extraordinary)

  • February 8, 2012

    by MedicinMan

    My last comment is wrong. It should be:

    "The cosmetic effect PDT was experienced when Photocure developed Metvix(ia) for Skin Cancer and Visonac for the treatment of Acne."

  • February 7, 2012

    by MedicinMan

    Allumera is based on Photodynamic Therapy and Hexvix is a product name not the name of the active ingredient. Hexvix is using the same active ingredient as Allumera but a different light source.

    The secret behind Allumera is that damaged cells is taking up the active ingredient (methyl aminolevulinate) and the damaged cells are killed when MAL get to protoporphyrin in the cells.

    The cosmetic effect PDT was seen when Photocure developed Hexvix(ia) for Skin Cancer and Visonac for the treatment of Acne.

    Allumera can probably help for Sun Damaged skin and Acne as well.

    http://www.newbeauty.com/dailybeauty/entry.aspx?id=4213



  • February 7, 2012

    by Arandjel

    The ingredients list for the Allumera cream, applied prior to the light tretmeant, is (source: allumera.com/downloads/AllumeraPkgInsert.pdf):

    Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
    Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl
    Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20,
    Behentrimonium Methosulfate
    (and) Cetyl Alcohol (and)
    Butylene glycol, 1.2 Hexanediol
    (and) Caprylyl glycol, Phenoxyethanol,
    Hexyl Aminolevulinate
    HCl, Sclerotium gum

    The active ingredient is Hexyl Aminolevulinate
    HCl, a photosensitizer, more known as Hexvix (read more about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexvix).

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