Week 3: Light Therapy vs Seabuckthorn for Rosacea

sbt seabuckthorn rosacea treatment kit

My apologies for disappearing for so long.  I had intended to take a day or two off and that turned into around 10 days…yikes.  I could give you a list of excuses, or I could just get to the actual news: the red light therapy is still coming along very nicely!

I have continued it every single day, just as I had been when I last blogged about it. I have taken pictures every day, as well.  I was going to try to figure out some way to post them all here on this blog, but I think that what I will do is create a new page for this website (when I get around to it, hopefully soon) so that I can just post all of the pictures from the very beginning.  That way, I can blog here once or twice a week when I have great rosacea treatment topics to talk about, and it will still be possible to see the daily progress with the pictures on the other page of this site.

In an earlier post (Day 9: How to Control Rosacea Flushing) I brought up the fact that I had previously used seabuckthorn rosacea treatment products with some success.

My Seabuckthorn Rosacea Treatment Experience

The ones that I have tried are all from a company called SBT (SeaBuckthorn). As a side note, this company is great.  I had a question and they emailed me back within minutes with a personal response to my question.  If you like seabuckthorn products, I highly recommend SBT for their awesome customer support.

Back when I first got into this ingredient, SBT had an actual starter kit for rosacea sufferers, which I didn’t think that they sold anymore, but when I dug up the link for the company, I just discovered that they do actually have it, it’s just very hard to find on their site (if you want to see it, it’s called the Seabuckthorn 2 Month Rosacea Treatment Regime).  The kit includes: seabuckthorn seed oil supplement capsules, seabuckthorn seed oil, and the “berry bar” which is a bar of soap that has seabuckthorn in it, among other natural ingredients.

sbt seabuckthorn rosacea treatment kitIt came with a full instruction sheet that explained how to use the products, including taking the capsules each day, washing your face very gently with the soap, and delicately rubbing a few drops of the oil into your skin.

The picture to the right includes the instruction sheet, the seed oil, and the berry bar, as well as the salve (I’ll discuss that later in this blog).  I don’t have the container for the capsules anymore, so they didn’t make it into this image.

The capsules were easy to take.  They were somewhat like those vitamin E gel caps that they sell at the pharmacy, in case you’ve ever tried those.  I didn’t notice any unpleasant taste or aftertaste, but I tend to swallow pills very easily, in general, and not have problems with them.  I’m not sure if they helped or not (I’m not even sure how I’d go about measuring that), but they were far too expensive for me to continue using over the long term, so I had to give them up once I was finished with the starter kit.

The soap was my least favourite part of the seabuckthorn products.  I found that it had an unpleasant waxy feeling and it left a kind of buildup on my skin (both my hands and my face).  I have seen awesome reviews for the soap, so maybe I was using it wrong (I was using it like normal soap), but I just wasn’t all that happy with the feeling of it.  Still, I stuck with it for several months to give it a fair shot.  I was willing to deal with unpleasant feeling soap if it meant that it gave me healthy skin. When all is said and done, I think that it did neither harm nor good – which is still better than most of the products I have tried.

Seabuckthorn Rosacea treatmentThe seabuckthorn seed oil was my favourite part of the experience.  It smelled like the wood oil that we used to finish a project in shop class (which I took from grade 6 through 8.  Lots of fun!), but it made my skin feel incredible.  I didn’t mind smelling like a furniture store if it meant that my skin felt satiny.  For several months, it also healed my skin quite well.  It was especially nice in the wintertime.  The downside, though, was that I have very pale skin, so the colour of the oil was enough to turn my face orange (as per the photo on the right).  As you can see from that photo, I didn’t look like a pumpkin, but I did look like I was wearing a very bad self-tanning product.  Check out the contrast between the colour of my face and neck!

I found the seed oil to be too heavy for the hottest summer months, so I stopped using it until the weather cooled down.  Then, I tried to start using it again.  Apparently, my skin changed its mind about its seabuckthorn rosacea treatment.  Where it had previously been very helpful, suddenly it started making my skin feel hot and I broke out in little bumps every time I applied it.  That was very frustrating, because I really thought that I was onto something.  Just as I was willing to be a little bit wood-scented, I was also willing to look a little bit orange to achieve healthy skin.  But it turns out that this was not for me, either.

The one product that I continue to use is the Rosacea Soothing Salve that you can see in the picture of the SBT products, above.  That is a thick substance that feels somewhat like petroleum jelly when it is applied to the skin (though it doesn’t contain petroleum jelly).  That may sound gross, but in the winter, when you are facing temperatures that are extremely cold and winds that are terribly biting, a thin layer of this stuff will keep ultra dry and sensitive skin protected.  I find it too heavy to wear for any reason except protection against extreme cold, but for that purpose, it works very well.

Red Light Therapy Rosacea Treatment Update 

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. I am continuing to see daily progress with the red light therapy rosacea treatment.  It is not a speedy process because my skin has a lot of healing to do, but at the same time, it has come a long way.

I haven’t felt a rosacea flare-up in more than a week.  I have blushed (I’m a blusher by nature) but my skin hasn’t been flushing.  Any bumps that I still have on my face (I have one left on each cheek) are dry, flat, and nearly completely healed.  The redness has become a pale-to-medium pink.  My skin “feels” perfectly normal.  It never feels hot, itchy, or dry, and it is now soft and healthy-feeling to the touch.

To be honest, if this was as good as it could get, I would be perfectly content with the red light therapy and would continue it forever.  At the same time, it’s exciting to check out my progress each day.  The one down side is that it is making me more vain than I have been in a very long time! I used to look at myself in the mirror once or twice per day.  Now, I’m constantly staring at myself and deciding where my face is improving!

Here are my most recent pictures:

Cheek 1 - June 17 - non-laser light therapy rosacea treatment  Cheek 2 - June 17 - non-laser light therapy rosacea treatment

More soon!

If you have tried non-lazer light therapy rosacea treatments or seabuckthorn products and would like to share your own experience, please feel free to do so in the comments, below!

Day 9: How to Control Rosacea Flushing

Control rosacea flushing treatment

I’m having a hard time deciding whether or not the side of my face that is receiving the 3 minutes of rosacea treatment is healing faster than the side that is getting only a minute and a half.  It’s only the ninth day of my red light therapy, but I’m finding myself becoming impatient with having to be scientific.  I suppose I should at least give myself two weeks of the benefits before I get too crazy over it.

I’m still very happy with the progress.  It is continual and every day looks a bit better.  When I have flushes, they heal up a lot faster, too.  Since starting, I haven’t had a flare-up that lasted longer than 24 hours after the first red light therapy treatment that followed it.  Also, the flare-ups are a lot more comfortable.  Even if the redness is there, they’re not nearly as itchy and the burning isn’t half as bad.

Here’s what I have tried for controlling rosacea flushes

Before I started red light therapy, I tried a lot of different things to control or ease the symptoms of rosacea flare-ups.  Here are a few of the methods that I have tried, and the results that they brought:

  • Cold water – felt great when I splashed it on my face, but it left my skin more red and irritated and usually dried it out.
  • Camomile tea – I’d read online that if you make camomile tea, then refrigerate it and dab it on your face when rosacea symptoms are bothering you, that this will help.  A lot of people say that this works for them.  In my case, it didn’t seem to make any difference at all, good or bad.
  • Sea buckthorn – I have tried a number of different sea buckthorn products (from a company called SBT, which is seriously great, in case you ever want to try something made with that ingredient). I had the SBT Seabuckthorn Rosacea Soothing Salve that I use on the coldest winter days when I have to go out in frigid temperatures and whipping winds.
    The salve is thick and slimy (about the same feeling as putting lip balm all over your cheeks) but it provides an awesome protective barrier against the cold and wind. A few years ago, the packaging said that it was also good for flare-ups, so I tried it a few times (I’m not sure if the packaging still says that, or not).  Oh boy did that feel horrible! It was great as winter protection, but for indoors during a rosacea flush, it made my cheeks much more red, bumpy, and hotter.  I still use this product for outdoors in the winter, but I wouldn’t use it to treat a flare-up.
  • Thermal spring water – this stuff feels amazing.  This is not just any old water.  It’s really not.  It is specially sourced from thermal springs and carefully bottled in sterile environments.  My rosacea symptoms hate water but they love this.  I received a bottle of Avène Thermal Spring Water spray as a part of a gift set a few years ago because I was using that brand’s anti-redness cleanser (the Avène Redness-Relief Dermo-Cleansing Milk) and moisturizer (Avène Antirougeurs Day Moisturizing Protecting Cream) and when I bought them in gift sets, it was cheaper than buying them individually.
    All you need to do with that thermal spring water is spritz your face, wait a few seconds, and dab it off with a tissue or (even better) a clean microfiber cloth/towel.  My skin instantly starts to calm down from its tantrum when I use this product.  The problem is that it costs a small fortune!  It lasts a while, but the best price I can find for a 150 ml bottle (just over 5 oz.) is $14, on sale.  I don’t care how special the water is, that’s far too expensive for me to afford!  I get it extremely rarely and use it very sparingly. I’ve only used it once since I started the red light therapy, and that was right near the beginning!
  • Drinking ice water – believe it or not, this can help.  This is especially true when the rosacea flushing is caused by hot weather or hot foods and beverages.  Either drinking very cold water or even holding ice chips in my mouth can take down the redness that goes with eating a meal that is very warm or to cool down my skin when I’ve just come in after doing something active in the summertime.
  • Metronidazole – this is a topical prescription drug, also known as Metrogel, Metrocream, or Noritate.  I’ve tried it under all three of those names/formats.  I had the most luck with Noritate (for some reason.  No idea why, it’s all essentially the same thing).  The problem that I had with it was that it would make a difference for about 7 days, getting my hopes up.  Then all progress would stop and my skin would become very sensitive to light.  Even when I used it only half as much as the package recommended (at the advice of my doctor), I still ended up sunburning more easily than I already do.  That’s saying something because I can start to burn in as little as 10 minutes.

Now, I have to say that red light therapy is my top rosacea flushing treatment method.  If I’m having a bad skin day, I can’t wait for my next treatment.  My skin starts to feel better within minutes of having shone the red light on my face.  Inside of an hour, the itchiness and burning are virtually gone.  Within 12 hours, the new bumps shrink and many disappear, the redness dissipates. It’s amazing.

Speaking of red light therapy, here are my latest rosacea treatment results:

My skin just keeps looking and feeling better and better. Every morning I can see a bit of progress over what was there the night before.

Here are today’s pictures:

Cheek 1 - June 5 - control rosacea flushing treatment Cheek 2 - June 5 - control rosacea flushing treatment

I’m not sure why the pictures look so red this time.  It might have been the lighting.  Maybe I wasn’t standing in exactly the same place in the room where I take the pictures.  That’s the right redness pattern, but it’s really not that red right now.

You can see that the bumps are definitely healing up.  I’m thrilled with that! I feel like it won’t be a week before they’re gone.  Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but I feel entitled to have high hopes after the progress I’ve seen so far!

What do you think?  Is one side healing faster than the other?  What methods do you use to control rosacea flushing?  Which ones work?  Which ones don’t?  Share in the comments below!

More tomorrow 🙂

Other factors to be considered:

  • The temperature high today was 22ºC (72ºF)
  • The temperature low overnight was 7ºC (45ºF)
  • No alcohol or spicy foods
  • I didn’t spend more than 10 minutes in direct sunlight at a time, today.

Day 8: Loving my rosacea-friendly sunscreen

rosacea skincare skin care products

I used my new sunscreen today and my skin feels great!  I can’t tell you how relieved I am to say that.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you will know about my sunscreen disaster which set back all of my progress with my red light therapy (if you’d like to read it, it’s here: Day 5: Disaster! Bad Rosacea Flush from Sunscreen!).

However, I have since found a new sunscreen and I am thrilled to say that it is definitely working (more about that product here: Day 6: The Red Light Therapy is Clearing My Rosacea Symptoms Again). 

Now that I’m in full recovery mode from the massive rosacea flush that brought out all of my symptoms in full force, I’d like to take the time to talk about some of the things that I do aside from red light rosacea treatments to overcome a flare-up.

Rosacea flushes need to be treated very delicately

When you have a rosacea flush, some of the things that you would instinctively do are exactly the opposite of what you should do.  It’s like Mother Nature gave us all of the wrong natural instructions to follow for this condition.  I guess there are times when she can be as clueless about things as the rest of us!

Based on my own experience (and please remember that I am not a doctor) the first thing that I recommend is to treat your skin as though it is extremely delicate.

When I have a flush, my rosacea symptoms are as follows:

  • redness
  • bumps – sometimes just red, other times tiny whitehead-like spots
  • burning sensation on the skin
  • itchiness
  • tight/dryness
  • sometimes an ultra dry, roughness around my jawline/temples

So here is what my instincts tell me to do.  Do NOT do what my instincts tell me to do.  Treat your skin delicately:

  • I want to treat redness by covering it up with foundation makeup/powders.  Unless you absolutely must use makeup because you have a presentation or a wedding, for example, try to keep your skin cleansed and moisturized with nothing else on it.  When your skin is having a flare-up, it is hyper sensitized and even water can make it worse.  As long as you can stand it, don’t use makeup on flushing skin.
  • I usually leave the regular little bumps alone.  They’re just red bumps.  But when the little whitehead-like dealies show up, all I want to do is scratch them off.  Yes it’s a gross inclination, but I’m trying to be honest with you.  Remember, though, that these are not pimples (which shouldn’t be scratched off/popped anyway, btw).  These ones will go away on their own and the more you treat them well, the faster they will heal.  Do not use acne medication or spot treatments on them, this will worsen your already irritated skin. Mine will often be gone within a few hours of appearing if I leave them alone and keep up with my healthiest rosacea skin care routine. Red light therapy has virtually eliminated the worst of this symptom.
  • When my skin is burning, I want to splash cold water on it.  That said, both extreme temperatures and tap water can be hard on rosacea symptoms.  Instead, drink lots of water, try to stay in a cool room out of direct sunlight, and occasionally mist with thermal water (I’ll talk about thermal water more some other time.  This blog is already getting long) and after a few seconds, lightly dab it off with a clean microfiber cloth (not a paper towel or regular hand towel).
  • When a flare-up is itchy, all I want to do is scratch it.  Resisting can be maddening.  Keeping my skin cool can be helpful but red light therapy is the only thing that has made it go away for more than a few minutes at a time.  It has made a huge difference in that symptom.
  • When my skin is tight and dry I want to use cream hydration masks and thick/heavy moisturizers.  The best thing, though, is to stick to your usual cleansing and moisturizing routine as long as it usually works.  Consistency is important and the dryness will often pass as the flush eases.  If it doesn’t, consider a slightly heavier moisturizer, but only if you think you’ll need it for several weeks, straight.  The red light therapy has also helped with this symptom, for me.
  • When I have ultra dry rough patches of skin on my jawline and up near my temples, all I want to do is use a facial scrub or at least use a washcloth to “exfoliate”.  That’s about the worst thing that can be done for rosacea symptoms. It invites infection and encourages redness and irritation. It also slows the healing process of your other symptoms.
    Nothing more abrasive than the pads of your fingertips should ever come in contact with your face.  Even then, you should make sure that you are using clean hands and you should barely put any pressure on your skin.  If you can see it stretching, you’re pushing too hard. Very gently use circular motions for about 30 seconds per area and that’s all you should need with a skin cleanser for reactive, sensitive skin.  That will clean your skin without damaging it or pushing bacteria back into your pores, and it will encourage circulation to the area so that it will be recharged with oxygen and nutrients from your blood.

I have tried a few different kinds of products and home remedies for rosacea flare-ups and flushes, and a few have worked while others have been disastrous.  I’ll be sure to write about that in a future post.  If I forget, please remind me in the comments below.  We’re in this together, after all 😉

Back to my red light rosacea treatment progress

One cool thing that I noticed, today, was that I was out walking in the warm weather and despite the heat and humidity (and the new sunscreen), I didn’t suffer a flush! My face looked the same before I went out as it did when I arrived home. 🙂

Here are my pictures of today’s progress.  I’m really considering taking the pictures before the treatments instead of after, so that my skin looks its actual colour instead of redder than usual.  I wash my face before every red light therapy session (because it works best on clean skin), and my skin tends to be redder than usual for a while after I wash it. Still, there is visible progress. Yay!

Cheek 1 - June 4 - rosacea skincare  Cheek 2 - June 4 - rosacea skincare

More tomorrow! 🙂

Other factors to be considered:

  • The temperature high today was 26ºC (79ºF)
  • The temperature low overnight was 14ºC (57ºF)
  • No alcohol or spicy foods
  • I spent two periods of 30 minutes in direct sunlight, today and I wore sunscreen.

Day 7: The Awesome Benefits of Red Light Therapy and Rosacea Skin Care

I woke up this morning to a major difference in my skin when compared to how it had looked last night.  I have to say that red light therapy might not stop rosacea flushes from happening if I choose the wrong skin care product (sunscreen) for my face, but it certainly heals it up far faster than it would on its own.

I’ve been working on slowly rethinking my current skin care routine because the weather is definitely getting warmer out and the moisturizer that was working for me during the winter is starting to prove to be too heavy for the summer months.

I have very dry skin at the best of times, but even I don’t need a super-thick lotion.

Rosacea skin care product selection is a lengthy process!

Changing a skin care routine when you have rosacea can be a tricky thing. I feel fortunate in that I am very happy with the facial cleanser that I have (I think I mentioned it before, but I can’t remember, so I’ll just link it here again.  It’s Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Lotion).

What I like about it is that it is a lotion, not something that foams (even something like foaming action can be too much for my skin when it’s having a bad day). It can be used with or without water, which is also good for highly reactive skin, because there are days when even water can be too much. It’s pretty effective at taking off makeup and I don’t feel like my face has been stripped clean after I use it.  Typically, my skin feels softer and healthier than it did before I washed it, which is nice.

The moisturizer that I have been using has been Eucerin Replenishing Face Creme Day 5% Urea was awesome over the winter. It offered me great hydration and a barrier against super-cold weather and biting winds. However, now that the heat and humidity are climbing, it’s not absorbing into my skin as nicely and it just sits like a slime layer on my skin. I tried thinning it with a drop of distilled water (which is gentler than tap/bottled water, though not as good as thermal water, which I’ll talk about on another day), but that didn’t seem to do the trick.

So now I’m on the hunt for a new moisturizer.  I’m thinking of looking into the La Roche Posay line, because that brand is good for sensitive and reactive skin, and it’s the brand of the new sunscreen that I’ve purchased (which I discussed in my blog post called Day 6: The Red Light Therapy is Clearing My Rosacea Symptoms Again).

I tend to try to stick to one brand as much as possible because companies usually formulate products to be able to work together.  The good ones do, at least.  That’s why I was using a series of Eucerin products over the winter.  I still plan to return to Eucerin when the cold weather returns. Still, I’ll do a lot of research and review reading before I make my final decision.

I’m still seeing progress with the red light therapy rosacea treatment.

In fact, I saw my best friend (and co-author of the Perspective book series) today for the first time in a few days, and she could see the difference in my skin.  She said that the colour looked smoother and less blotchy.  Overall, my skin looked healthier and not as irritated.

That’s definitely good news.  I know that my best friend will tell me the truth.  If she didn’t think there was a difference, she’d say so!

Overall, I’ve also noticed that my skin is still getting softer and it isn’t as dry immediately after washing.  It’s a good feeling! So I’ll be keeping up my use of the Peak 630™ Red LED Light Therapy Set while I work out the rest of my rosacea skin care routine.

For now, here are my daily pictures (btw, even if they don’t seem that great, compare them to previous posts.  I’ve been making visible progress!):

Cheek 1 - June 3 - Rosacea skin care  Cheek 2 - June 3 - Rosacea skin care

Does anyone else agree with me that the cheek in the right hand picture is healing faster than the one on the left?  The second picture is the one receiving the longer red light therapy rosacea treatment.  I’m seriously thinking of doing both sides for the longer session, too. Any opinions?  Please share them in the comments below.

More tomorrow 🙂

Other factors to be considered (which I forgot to add, yesterday.  Sorry!):

  • The temperature high today was 22ºC (72ºF)
  • The temperature low overnight was 8ºC (46ºF)
  • No alcohol or spicy foods
  • Spent about an hour or so in direct sunlight at a time, today – used sunscreen.

Day 6: The Red Light Therapy is Clearing My Rosacea Symptoms Again

If you read the post that I left yesterday (Day 5: Disaster! Bad Rosacea Flush from Sunscreen!), then you’ll know that I had an unpleasant (to say the least) experience with some sunscreen.  I was afraid that I was going to have to go back to the beginning and lose all of the progress that I had been making with my red light therapy.

Nope!  After a full 24 hours of having skin that felt horrible, itchy, and burning, and that was beet red, there have been definite improvements again.  There is hope!  By the time about an hour had passed after the red light therapy, some of the very irritated redness had gone away.

Today, it took only a few minutes after the next red light session for all of the discomforts to go away.  No more itchiness, burning, or tightness. It makes me feel as though everything is headed back in the right direction again. My skin started to feel cooler and softer right after the rosacea treatment, as well.

When I took a closer look at my skin, the redness is still more dramatic than what it had been before the sunscreen incident, but it still looks like the bumps are healing up.  What a relief.  Before I started to use the red light therapy for rosacea symptoms, that reaction would have continued for days.

I did a vlog (be kind in the comments, I was very nervous 😉 ) to describe what happened because I’m trying to describe the situation fairly.  I likely won’t do many (if any) more vlogs, but this way, I could just babble in front of the camera and tell the entire story without having to type out every detail.

Here are the pictures of what my skin looks like today.  I’m hoping to see rapid progress out of the damage done by the old sunscreen so that I can get back onto the same healing track that I’d reached before.

The sunscreen that I’m now using, which I mentioned in the video, is La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-fluid Lotion SPF 60. If I have any struggles with this one, I’ll be sure to add it to a future blog, but when I used the test product a couple of times, it was great.  It’s very light and it didn’t cause any reaction in my skin.

Here are today’s pics after my red light therapy rosacea treatment.  They’re better than yesterday but I’ll still need improvements to reach the progress I’d achieved before the sunscreen incident.

cheek 1 - June 2 2015 rosacea symptoms flush cheek 2 - June 2 2015 rosacea symptoms flush

More tomorrow!

Other factors to be considered (which I forgot to add, yesterday.  Sorry!):

  • The temperature high today was 21ºC (70ºF)
  • The temperature low overnight was 12ºC (53ºF)
  • No alcohol or spicy foods
  • I didn’t spend more than 10 minutes in direct sunlight at a time, today.

 

Day 5: Disaster! Bad Rosacea Flush from Sunscreen!

I’m feeling very frustrated right now.  I have experienced a setback in my red light therapy.  I hope that I won’t end up having to start the rosacea treatment as though from scratch, but I’ve had a reaction to a product that I’ve used and now my skin looks just as bad as it did way back at the start!

I have been trying to take good care of my skin because there are a lot of lifestyle changes that need to be made to keep rosacea symptoms under control and I’d like to give this treatment the best shot.  One of the important steps that need to be taken is sunscreen application. I have been wearing sunscreen dutifully over the last few years, whenever I would be spending more than 10 minutes in direct sunlight.

So since I knew I’d be out for at least an hour, I put on my sunscreen, which was AVEENO® PROTECT + HYDRATE™ Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60. This product is meant for face and body and I’d had a lot of luck with the bottle that I bought last year.  That finally ran out and I started a new one from this year.  The new bottle was not as lucky.  I don’t know if the formula is different or if my skin just changed its mind about liking it, but I ended up with massive tomato-coloured redness on my face and a ton of little ugly bumps.  My skin was so inflamed that it looked shiny like plastic.  😦

To be fair to the sunscreen, I had no problems with it on my neck, shoulders and arms.  It was just the rosacea symptoms that flared up from it.

To make matters worse, it took me forever to get it all off.  Using an ultra-gentle cleanser and my fingertips to wash my face (since you should never use anything more abrasive than gentle fingertips on rosacea!) took four washes to get the sunscreen off.  After all of that, I probably should have just used soap and a washcloth, since my skin was so irritated from being washed four times in a row.

I have done my red light therapy rosacea treatment…

…but it’s too soon to tell if it will put me back to the same level of progress that I had reached before this sunscreen disaster.

To make matters worse, when I woke up this morning, I could see more progress in the improvement of my rosacea symptoms. Now it’s gone!  I wish I had taken a picture at the time.  But I was trying to be “scientific” and stick to the same time for the pictures every day.

I just hope that things will be better by tomorrow and that I won’t feel like I’m starting from the beginning again.

For now, here are the post-red light therapy pictures:

Cheek 1 -June 1, 2015 rosacea symptoms Cheek 2 -June 1, 2015 rosacea symptoms

Actually, now that I’ve looked at the pictures, I think that some of it has calmed down (or the camera didn’t pick up the colours very well).

Here’s to staying positive! Maybe it’ll be better by tomorrow!

Day 4: My Effective Rosacea Treatment is Noticeable to Others!

Jules, The Elephant-Wolf - wearing red light therapy goggles

If there was any doubt left in my mind about the effectiveness of my new rosacea treatment, it was eliminated, today.  Today marked the first day that someone else also noticed a difference in the condition of the skin on my face.

Jules, The Elephant-Wolf - wearing red light therapy goggles
Big thanks to Jules (star of my children’s book “The Elephant-Wolf”) who is wearing the Super Sunnies goggles while posing in the red light so that I would have an interesting pic to share 😉

While visiting my parents, I was sitting at the kitchen table and talking with my mother when she noticed that there was definitely a difference in my skin.  She could tell that, especially on the left side of my face, the redness seemed more “even” and less irritated and blotchy.  This was the first time that my mother had seen me since I started the red light therapy as a rosacea treatment.

What was interesting about her observation was that she was able to point out exactly where I had also been seeing the biggest improvement in my skin. This, after only three treatments (I hadn’t done the fourth one yet by the time I visited her).

Incidentally, the side where the biggest difference was observed (left) is the same side that is receiving 3 minutes of red light therapy instead of the 90 seconds I’m using on the right side.  I still think that it is too early to decide whether or not the extra time is making a difference, but it is certainly something that I’m going to keep watching.

Here are the pictures that I took today.

Cheek 1 - May 31 rosacea pictures  Cheek 2 - May 31 rosacea pictures

For those of you who have been watching this as an acne treatment, check out my chin! That big pimple that I had on Day 1 is completely gone.  Not bad for 3 treatments (I’d only just done the fourth treatment when I took this pic, so it didn’t have time to take effect, yet). If I had acne, I’d be looking into red light therapy for that, too!

I’m starting to wonder if I should be taking the pictures immediately before I do the treatments instead of immediately after.  The reason I say this isn’t because my skin is irritated by the red light therapy (since it’s not).  It’s that I wash my face right before I use the red light, so it usually looks redder than it actually is simply because I’ve had contact with it by rubbing the gentle cleanser over it and patting it dry (that’s all it takes for my skin to darken in colour).

I’ll let you know if I change my photography strategy.  Taking these rosacea pictures is as new to me as the red light therapy, so I know that I’ll have some kinks to iron out along the way.

See you tomorrow! 🙂