5-aminolevulinic acid is an endogenous precursor of protoporphyrin IX, which is a photosensitiser.


ALA is used topically in conjunction with blue light illumination for the treatment of some grades of actinic keratoses of the face and scalp.


ALA solution is applied topically. It is not intended for application by patients or unqualified practitioners. Application should involve either scalp or face lesions, but not both simultaneously.


ALA topical solution must be applied immediately following preparation of the solution because of the instability of the activated product.
Discard the prepared solution after 2 hours.
Stenlake Compounding Chemist can supply the following products on prescription:

  • *5-ALA Creams 2.5g in 5%, 10% or 20%
  • *5-ALA Solutions 1.5ml in 5%, 10% or 20%

All forms are supplied with diluent or base, connector, and all required materials including instruction leaflet.

Contact your cosmetic dermatologist or Stenlake Compounding Chemist for more information.