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DAY 15:

Hey guys, another progress update. I've just passed two weeks now using the Dermalux box and well things haven't really changed much. My skin is still experiencing the same condition as before. But what is strange is that I am experiencing more skin problems on my nose and chin than anywhere else on my face. Surely if anything, this part of my face should be the most 'clear' as it is directly exposed to the Dermalux unit for the longest period of time?! Before I used the unit, my cheeks would suffer the most from acne but now my nose and chin are suffering aswell :(

I really am not sure if the Dermalux is making any difference to my skin whatsoever (I know I'm repeating myself from the previous post) but I do know that the next week (Week 3) is the make or break one. I am hoping to see some improvements then because if nothing happens I really can't imagine how weeks 4-8 are going to be any different. I do apologise for my pessimism but I'm still trying to get over the fact that my skin was looking really good after week 1 then 10 days later the improvements just sloped off and I went back to normal.

Furthermore, I haven't been experiencing any of the quick healing that you guys have been experiencing. When I get a spot it still takes the same amount of time to disappear. But there is no way I am going to give up as I REALLY want to see if the Dermalux box works so only time will tell.

I get the opinion that the Dermalux unit is great for curbing cystic problems as many of you have been promoting this in your posts.

[QUOTE=Clark]Neca, in the past have you noticed that you tend to experience improved skin after exposure to the sun?[/QUOTE]

Definitely! The sun is my only friend. Whenever I experience long exposure to the sun, my skin looks great..not a pimple or blemish in sight. Unfortunately it is dangerous to overdo the UV exposure. Nevertheless, I am considering purchasing one of those facial sun-bed unit things but would make sure I don't overuse it. And obviously I would not use it in conjunction with the Dermalux unit as that wouldn't make the test fair. I would use it probably after 8 weeks.

[QUOTE=progessmaker]I know that it has often been difficult to stick with one product for any real length of time, especially if it seems like at some point the acne might get a little worse in the course of using a product.

Also, it might cause confusion with you referring to these lamps as ClearLight lamps because they are not the same.

The hyperpigmentation kit that Cosmetic Surgeon gave me to use with Clear Light included a mild gel cleanser, collagen rebuilding serum, bufifng granules (I don't use those often), ultra hydrating moisturizer, a lightening gel that has hydroquinone & kojic acid which makes it very gentle on my skin of color, cell regeneration creme, & SPF moisturizer.[/QUOTE]

Thanks very much progressmaker for the very detailed post. Firstly, just because the Dermalux unit hasn't worked so far for me, don't worry I'm not going to give up (as I said above). I'm sorry if I confused you when I was talking about the Dermalux unit, I just assumed as a result of my previous posts, everyone would understand I was referring to the Dermalux unit. If I said I used Clearlight at anytime in my posts, I do mean the Dermalux unit and not one in a clinic.

With regards to your hyperpigmentation kit, I try to avoid any skin lighteners that contain hydroquinone because it's a steroid and prolonged use can damage your skin permenantly. But if it is working for you then that is great and I hope it will clear up your hyperpigmentation as soon as possible.

[QUOTE=jhart999]I myself haven't enjoyed quite the level of success I dared hoped for after the promising start. But I certainly haven't broken out worse. I'm still getting new acne but I'm sure the unit is helping it heal quicker.[/QUOTE]

Jhart do you think the Dermalux's effectiveness has decreased since you have started using it three weeks ago i.e. similar to my problem. It seems to me that the Dermalux is more a cure than a preventative measure. It is interesting to note, however, that the cystic parts of your skin are improving. What's amazing is that I don't think the Dermalux unit was expected to be effective in this area of acne. So at least this is promising.
Damn damn damn! Looks like my skin is slowly returning to its original condition. Those blemishes have reappeared over the past few days. They are smaller than usually but very much present, red and annoying. I think my skin is slowly becoming used to the light treatment and creating some form of resistance against it, if this is possible. That is why I think my comparison with Benzoyl Peroxide seems to be materialising more and more now. I hope not!

[QUOTE=progessmaker]I can't believe that the Verilux lamp that I have is working so well. Now I don't even worry if I get a small pimple because I know it will be gone the next day. In regards to the SPF when I started the Clearlight treatments they advised that I should use an SPF because sometimes lasers & light therapy can make your skin mor susceptible to darkening from the sun, but I think in my case because I was also using the products for hyperpigmentation they wanted me to use the SPF to protect my skin.I just feel like I am armed with something to fight against the acne & I also feel that taking a zinc supplement along with Essential Oils, & Bee Pollen has helped tremendously. The results for me have been amazing & I am really getting excited about it. I think we are on to something here.[/QUOTE]

That's great to hear Progressmaker, keep up the good work :) I agree with regards to using the SPF. I think it is probably only necessary if you are using antibiotics that make your skin more light sensitive or creams/treatments that do the same also. So far I haven't experienced any hyper-pig so it should be fine. Zinc supplements, essential oils and bee pollen: it does definitely sound like you are fully armed :) What do you use the essential oils and bee pollen for? They sound very beneficial for the skin?

[QUOTE=Ruthy]Update on Ruthy's son----- it does seem to appear less red after not using for a few days. Will be anxious to what the new derm has to say Monday -- if he has any new ideas.[/QUOTE]

I'm glad your son is experiencing less redness now Ruthy. Sorry I didn't realise that your lamps are double the power of mine. Sitting further back and using it less often is definitely a good idea. Let us know what the derm suggests.

Well, after 3 days of use, I am optimistic. It has definitely impacted my skin, but I'm not sure exactly how. Bottom line is that it is too early to predict one way or the other, but I am optimistic enough to continue using vigorously.

The light treatment is in addition to the Cetaphil/no water method, and on top of my own modified SweetJade/Prometheus diet. I take multivitamins too, and am about to add saw palmetto and EFA supplements to the mix.

Sometimes I think this is a full-time job.[/QUOTE]

Optimism is definitely the way forward, I just get frustrated when I see new spots/blemishes appear as I *hope* that the light treatment would prevent any of these eruptions. It seems as if the 8-week period for this light treatment operates along a learning curve, sometimes there are peaks and sometimes there are dips but we hope to end on a high peak!

Clark I too and doing the same as you, I am using the light treatment alongside the Cetaphil/no water method and a no/low carb high fruit/veg diet (which I have followed for virtually 10 years). But I'm not taking any vitamins. How beneficial are the palmetto and efa supplements as there seems quite a few people talking about them?

Oh and you couldn't be more right when you say: "Sometimes I think this is a full-time job." Seriously I find about 60-70% of my time relates to dealing with my acne, thinking about my acne and buying products for my acne. It's ridiculous.

[QUOTE=ejonez]The only thing I've found that essentially makes all of my acne go away is eating less than 10-15 g of carbs per day. Which isn't a way of living that makes me particularly happy.[/QUOTE]

Hi ejonez, great to see you have 'joined the phototherapy club' (lol). Seems like you have also purchased one of the more powerful light units so I would definitely take Ruthy's advise and sit much further back than 8".

I too agree that changing to a no/low carb diet helps improve acne problems considerably. But as you say, living in today's day and age, it is so very hard to do. Almost everything is high carb. But I have managed to survive since converting 10 years ago and have never looked back since. You just adapt.

[QUOTE=cappy21]I am so glad that their are people like you guys that are willing to share their experiences for the benefit of others. Thanx so much. I am considering purchasing the dichroic lamps. Are all you guys still using them

Is your progress still getting better?

I know that from personal experience that the sun has really helped to clear my skin. Several years ago I asked my derm about this, and she said that the results of clearer skin from the sun is not actually a reaction to the light on the skin, but rather a reaction to the light on the top of the head. There is a gland in the scalp whic directly correlates to the amount of oil and sebum the body will produce. Exposure of the scalp to the sun helps to stabilize oil production, and regulate the way bacteria on the skin are dealt with by the body's immune system. May sound crazy, but I wonder if exposing more of these lamps to the scalp area, would produce optimum results? :confused:

May sound crazy, but at this point, I'll try anything.[/QUOTE]

Hey cappy, well with regards to my progress, apart from what I have already outlined I think I should add that it seems like everyone who is using the dichronic (i.e. 2x the power of my Dermalux unit 70watts) is experiencing better results. But it is hard to judge as we have all been doing this form of treatment for different periods of time so I guess we will all get a better idea in 3 or 4 weeks time.

And OH my God you bring up a really interesting point regarding sunlight's effects on the skin. I too have also heard this theory/fact but have never seen it actually verified. However it does sound so plausible that I am going to try it out. Tonight I will add 5 minutes light exposure on my scalp and 5 minutes tomorrow morning alongside my usually 15mins facial for morning and evening. I am so sure that there is a gland as you say in the scalp that does regulate oil production. Thanks so much for bringing this up. I will post my results maybe 5-7 days from now.

Take care all and good luck...
JHart reads you, Clark :D

I am here and I am still in awe of the complete turnaround in the condition of my facial skin. I am reluctant to post here for two reasons. Firstly, I don't want to tempt fate and jinx my progress [I've come up with another adage to add to John's first law "Good skin breeds good skin". It is "You are only ever one breakout from having acne".] Secondly, it makes me feel bad to recant my delight and amazement at my progress when there are others here who seem less fortunate.

But as you ask I shall give you a progress report. About a week and a half ago I was very stupid and got tempted to pick at a few blackheads (I mentioned before how I barely used to notice them but that they became more noticable in light of the cystic acne virtually disappearing) and I suffered the consequences for a couple of days afterwards [no matter what treatment one uses, careless cross-infection is a tough force to reckon with]. Disgusted at my lack of patience and carelessness I made a real effort to leave my face well alone, including not using an exfoliator any more than once a week.

I noticed that the Dermalux helped my picked-at spots heal very quickly and neatly. I couldn't quite believe that I'd gotten away with prodding and poking my skin so stupidly. But basically I did. The blackheads I went to task on were bugging me and now they're gone and there aren't any more coming to replace them. It's totally inconceivable to me that all I needed was red and blue light to irridicate all forms of acne but it really is working. I'm wary that people will be reading and thinking that I probably didn't have bad acne to begin with.

But I must stress that I did. And in the cold light of day I have the ice-pci scars and premature wrinkling (mostly from all that frowning I did) to prove it. But, remarkably, even the scars and the wrinkles are diminishing alarmingly quickly. I have quite a well-defined wrinkle across my forehead (which I notice none of my clear-skinned friends don't have). But even that wrinkle is fading. I guess the cell regrowth is forming new collagen (some believe it's impossible for collagen to regrow, though) because something is making my forehead more supple and smoother.

My pores are still getting more refined and the overall texture of my skin is greatly improving. What has impressed me the most in recent weeks is the amelioration in my facial complexion. I was worried that I would be forever condemned to a blotchy appearance but my naturally milky skin tone is gradually returning. To put this into context, I went for a haircut at the weekend and decided to brave looking into the mirror. I'm usually averse to doing so because the lighting makes me look terrible. But I was surprised to see how much I had improved in just a month.

So what you're hearing guys is basically more of the same from happy old me. I'm glad to hear of other success stories on this thread and still continue to cross my fingers for you all. If anyone is still unconfident that light therapy is not for them then I would advise them to hang in there at least until the eight week mark if not before. I might be extremely fortunate to be as sharply responsive to the treatment as I have been, but that's not to say that others cannot experience similar results after a longer period of usage. Good luck everyone :)

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