This is a two step process.Levulan is 20% aminolevulinic acid HCl. This acid occurs naturally in the body and when applied to the skin makes skin cells more sensitive to light. Levulan is strongly absorbed into the skin by sun damaged skin cells, skin cancer cells, and into the pores where acne begins. Levulan has also been shown to improve the quality of the skin by increasing collagen production resulting in decreased pore size, decreased oiliness, and improved fine lines / wrinkles. Levulan has also been shown to improve acne, sebaceous hyperplasia (overgrown oil glands), aging of the skin, and other conditions.