I’m very excited to be able to report to you that after the red light therapy treatment that I completed last night, I experienced more improvements in my rosacea symptoms.
I mentioned in my last post that I was afraid that I might have been so eager to get results from the LED red light that I was using for the first time, that I might have been experiencing the placebo effect. I was so unsure that I emailed the company where I got the kit (Smarter Lights, formerly Light Therapy Options).
Now that another day has passed (and another rosacea treatment), I am absolutely certain that there has been a difference. The pink colour of my cheeks has faded a little bit more (I’m talking a tiny bit, but enough that I can definitely notice it), and the little bumps seem to be healing up now. The bumps are flatter (not as raised) and they don’t seem to look as angry anymore.
A brief note about the bumps as symptoms of rosacea…
These are not regular pimples. They are not caused by the same bacteria that leads to those in acne vulgaris. They may be referred to as acne rosacea, but as far as I’m concerned, that is a misnomer.
On me, a flare-up that leads to the bumps can cause the little pimple-like bumps that will stick around for a few hours, or they may be around for days or even weeks. They’re bumpy on the skin but they’re not the same as an acne infection. They are a symptom of the irritation and inflammation, but not necessarily an infection. Therefore, the last thing that I would recommend doing (in my non-professional, non-licensed, non-expert opinion) is to use any kind of anti-acne product on an area with rosacea bumps. Rant done.
Back to the regularly scheduled natural rosacea treatment program…
Overall, since I’ve started the right light therapy, my skin looks healthier (which is nice) and it feels better. A lot better. It feels better to the touch (noticeably softer because it normally feels like a very fine grit sandpaper), and it isn’t tight, itchy, hot, or burning.
I think I’ve really found my groove now in terms of using the LED red light, too. I like to hold onto the light instead of clamping it to something (it comes with a clamp light) or putting it into a goose-neck lamp. I have no idea why that is my preference, but I’m working on embracing my weirdness. I found it somewhat awkward the first time that I used it, but this time, I shifted around until I found a very good system and I plan to repeat that technique from now on.
This natural rosacea treatment is so easy that all I want to do is by far the best one I’ve ever tried and I’ve only been benefiting from it for 48 hours. Not too shabby!
Here are my latest pictures:
Check out the progress my chin pimple made (right picture). It’s nearly gone. I don’t get a lot of regular pimples, but it worked very fast on clearing that one up. I’d be willing to bet that it will be gone, tomorrow.
I’ll keep posting with daily progress, so please feel welcome to check back often.
Also, feel welcome to share your successes and struggles with rosacea treatments in the comments box below 🙂
Other factors to be considered:
- The temperature high today was 23ºC (73ºF)
- The temperature low overnight was 10ºC (50ºF)
- No alcohol or spicy foods
- I didn’t spend more than 10 minutes in direct sunlight at a time, today.