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Re: Light treatment
Dec 31, 2003
By the way, as I said, I'm gullible and willing to try anything to clear my skin. I will probably invest in this glorified light bulb despite the 200 price tag (there are cheaper DIY kits available, but this one is available directly in the UK and is ready for use straight out of the box), simply out of my desperation and general curiosity. I will of course share my findings, but like I said, I value anyone's opinion - even if they just want to laugh at the idea of coloured light making a difference.

In my very recent experience the biggest weapon we have against acne is diet. Just from watching what I eat and drink I know I can noticably improve my skin in a matter of days and even fend off emerging outbreaks of acne. But, like the Roaccutane and B5 I'm currently taking, my diet changes are an internal preventative measure against the occurrence of acne directed at reducing the amount of sebum my body produces.

My theory is that if I can also reduce (or neutralise) the amount of bacteria present in my skin then the occurrence of reaction between sebum and bacteria will be reduced. A stock description of the cause of acne I often read goes along these lines:

[i]Extra sebum (oil) that the sebaceous glands produce mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria on the skin's surface and this blocks pores. Inside the blocked pore, bacteria multiply and cause inflammation leading to the spots and pustules associated with acne.[/i]

Am I wrong to think - assuming this "light therapy system" is capable of killing bacteria - that a reduction in bacteria is as vital as a reduction in sebum? Ideally I would like to find a balance, since I'm already fed up of the side effects of B5 and Roaccutane. I've been taking both since I was paranoid that the good effects of the B5 would be lost if I didn't maintain the dose until I'd been on Roaccutane for a fortnight or so.

Even though I've now stopped taking the B5 and reduced my Roaccutane intake by a third, my hair is still extremely dry and unhealthy looking. It's all very well having less spots - but having extremely dry, flaky skin to boot is not desirable. If I thought Roaccutane would rid me of acne forever I would simply put up with these side effects.

But I know that once I've popped the last pill, my sebaceous glands will plump themselves up again. Whereas, supposing light treatment is effective, it's fully maintainable for life (give or take a few new bulbs every couple of years). And that's what I really want - something that works for the rest of my life. Diet is an option, but it's not much fun :(

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