because I need enough time to recuperate. I cannot go out in public with a red blotchy face. 22 months ago
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How I did it: Ok, I'd done some facial hair removal treatments and I'd had laser to remove a bad tattoo (didn't finish - another story) so when I considered getting light therapy for acne and old scarring I thought I knew what to expect.
It exceeded my expectations, to put it mildly. :) It was just like tattoo removal x 10 - on your face! I also have darker skin but the tech had no mercy or knowledge and seemed to think that acne scars mean tough, thick skin.
Anyway, it was incredibly painful after the topical wore off , like I had been burned - LOL - and my whole face swelled and looked like hell because of the vitamin C cream and antibiotic I was required to slather on.
Then on the 3rd day I had to drive home, about 9 hours and had to start early and wasn't that a beautiful day for driving with the sun shining and bouncing back off the snow.. You're supposed to keep out of the sun so I made a veil out of paper towels and tape and put on shades. I put myself in mind of the invisible man. People did double takes, constantly, but nobody could recognize me HaHa. Then I had to spend the next week holed up in my apartment slathering on cream and antibiotic and cursing the advertising that could tell me all of this would take about 10 days. I was on holiday at the time but had to take an extra week off and I also developed a compassion for creatures who shed their skins because that's what I did, my skin peeled in swatches.
And then my skin looked like it was tanned the shade of a coffee bean and peeled again and I had to go to work anyway and endure the stares and not offer any explanations. I would just agree that yes, I did spend too long on the slopes,yeah, the air is thinner, sun stronger...
Then I developed a case of cystic acne one would see in a teenager although that did heal over the months. But even a year later I could see a definite line of demarcation, different color, between my face and neck when I used toner or was tired!
And after all of that, probably in the first 4 months after the procedure, the only improvement I could see was that my pores were slightly smaller and my skin looked slightly smoother.
Maybe if I had done the prescribed number of treatments I might have seen lasting improvement in my skin but the pain and the time taken and the embarassment were just not worth it, I will never do that again. Or, I'll take more time and completely follow directions and really check out the tech. :) Hope this helps. Read how I did it… 13 months ago