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My experience of Intense Pulsed Light therapy targeting Rosacea.

IPL Rosacea Diary #1

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, Information Skin: Rosacea - I introduced my skin to IPL therapy at the beginning of 2013 in a bid to calm down my Rosacea & finally get some results.

I wanted to document the results, and am doing so here in what I am calling my IPL Diary.

What is IPL? 

Intense Pulsed Light is therapy used for both medical & cosmeceutical purposes. You may have heard of it being used in a Dermatologist's practice to remove unwanted hair, or treat age spots. One thing IPL therapy isn't, is cheap - however I believe that paying into the high hundreds for Rosacea relief is something that is important for me & my confidence (at least I justified it like this!). In a nut shell, IPL sessions provided by a Dermatologist deliver an extremely powerful pulse of light to the affected areas, in my case I am targeting my whole face, to take down redness.

The red thread veins which cause the Rosacea absorb the highly powerful rays of light, essentially damaging these veins - and forcing the body to heal this area, and reabsorb these veins, which leads to a less flushed complexion. The light therapy also works to promote new collagen in the skin, which promotes healing and can reduce the chances of any more red thread veins appearing.

Like a ping of elastic on your face for each pulse of light delivered, and worse on those areas where there is more inflammation - IPL is not as painless as I thought it would be. The higher intensity of light your face can handle, and pain you can tolerate really - the chances of reductions in redness soar. Of course with any treatment which interferes with your appearance and uses complex machinery on anyone - you always need to do your research, and as a result sign all of the paperwork and be sure to know how to care for your skin during and after each treatment. There is no point in using awful skincare that irritates your Rosacea if you are spending big money on these treatments.

 I will be having one treatment to my face using IPL each month, for the next five months.

My first treatment was in early February, when to be fair my skin wasn't in the worst shape I have seen it, and during this time I had been using a line from Image Skincare for Rosacea recommended by my consultant.

My face felt warm after the first IPL sessions, but really I didn't know what to expect - this is the kind of treatment that affects each person differently. It is for this reason I really try not to look up the IPL horror stories, and the people with Rosacea who have been left unhappy. I can only stay positive that this will work.

I took one photo of my whole face before the treatment in Feb, with some close up shots on the right.

I am hoping that I begin to see some progress as these diary entries go on!

At the moment, my skin is bumpy, and permanently red. The redness can be covered, and I am glad for that, however it is the bumpy-ness which is horrible to see, and live with. These almost cystic bumps, are like acne, that never form or never go away - my Dermatologist didn't really say that the IPL would target this, it is mainly for redness relief, however she recommended I go back on Antibiotic Oxytetracycline. I am always a bit reluctant to go on tabs & things for skin complaints. As soon as I no longer take the medication, I know my Rosacea will come back ten times worse. Who wants to take pills for the rest of their life, and create an immunity to antibiotics for when you actually might need them? In addition to this my skin gets itchy, and isn't really oily but suffers from dehydration.

I'll be back after the next treatment to let you know how I got on, & reveal how far my skin has come!

If you suffer from Rosacea, have tried IPL or have questions about any of the above, comment below!