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I have just been reading into Phototherapy with blue and red light to treat acne. It seems from the journal that carried out the research (P.Papageorgiou, A.Katsambas and A.Chu)patients that underwent blue and red light treatment experienced a greater improvement in their mild-moderate acne while those groups that underwent either blue light only, white light only or benzoyl peroxide treatment experienced a lower improvement. I think Dr. Chu's research has been used on this forum before with regards to those wanting to use laser treatment for their acne especially Nlite. But for reference purposes the journal which documents this study is: British Journal of Dermatology 2000 (Published 7th December, 1999); 142: 973-978.

About a month ago I posted a thread asking if anyone knows about whether it is possible to purchase a "Facial Tanner". The main problem with facial tanners is that constant tanning of the skin is obviously not wise and in the long run could cause skin cancer due to the UV-light. However when I visited my derm recently I noticed that in a room next door many patients, that had severe acne, were undergoing some form of laser treatment to heal their skin problems. My derm told me that using UV-light was an effective way of healing several types of skin problems but are used mostly in severe cases. The UV-light intensity/type used by these derms is NOT the same UV-light that is used in tanning salons. The derm's laser uses red and blue light that has a UV-light content of only 7% with the major part of the UV being UVA. I'm not entirely sure if this is similar to the Nlite laser though.

I asked him: "But what happens to those patients that cannot actually make it to the hospital week in week out for treatments?" (this form of treatment is not one off, patients must undergo about 10-15mins of laser once a week). He said a trained physician is sent to the patients house where a home laser is set up for their own use. The physician checks up on the patient every 2 week period to make sure the system is used correctly and effectively. The patient can either purchase the laser system or have it loaned out with weekly/monthly payments.

So this got me interested. I searched on the net to find out whether any sites sold these type of lasers. As I have acne only on my face I was sure I could fine some sort of minature version that could just focus on this region.

Well I found a site called [COLOR=Red]"remvoed" [/COLOR] and under their acne treatment section, they are selling two types of laser. One is called "Verilux HappySkin" (costs $199) and the other is called "Dima-Tech Acne Lamp" (costs $124.95).

Now I am seriously thinking of buying one of these but before I do, I am wondering whether anyone has already purchased one or a laser similar to them? If so, were they effective, safe, easy to use etc..

I hope I have provided enough info so that you can locate them on the net as we aren't allowed to post links here so am trying to be as careful as possible.

Pleeeease post any experiences you have had with these systems as I am desperately hoping this will be a step in the right direction for me and greatly reducing my skin problem. Many thanks for ANY input.....

I am responding to your search for anyone who has purchased either the "Verilux HappySkin Lamp" or the "Dima-Tech Acne Lamp." Several months ago, I too was researching both of those products and after much deliberation, finally chose to purchase the "Verilux HappySkin Lamp." I will do my best to inform you of my experience as I completely understand your desperate hope to reduce your skin problem.

The HappySkin Lamp did seem to reduce a fair amount of active acne, but the results were not dramatic enough for me to keep the product for $200+. However, if money isn't a concern for you and you are in dire need to tame the breakouts, it may be something you really want to consider. Do note, you really have to be disciplined about using the product for at least 15 minutes for the required amount of "consecutive" days. Realize that this is attacking the bacteria issue and not the oil production issue. If bacteria is your only concern, than this may be just right for you. I, however, needed to also address the oil production front. I should mention, the company (Verilux) was very pleasant to deal with and they honored their money back guarantee without any problems whatsoever. So, you really have nothing to lose except for shipping costs. As for ease of use, it was very simple and seemed to be quite safe (they provide goggles as well).

After trying this product, I decided to look a little further into the light therapies and after a great amount of researching, found a dermatologist (Dr. Jay, hope that is okay to reveal) in NYC that specializes in Intense Pulsed Light Therapy. I completely lucked out as he is extremely diligent, well-informed, and kind. I have been to so many dermatologists and I must say that this doctor is exceptional. Upon meeting him, he immediately showed great compassion for how much anguish the acne had been causing and provided comfort in his determination to rectify the problem. He explained in much detail, the causes and all the possible treatment options, as well as personally performing the Intense Pulsed Light procedures himself.

I can tell you that after years of struggling with acne; after spending an enormous amount money on products and an unbelievable amount of time trying different things to find a solution, and what seems to be very unfair amount of energy wasted on this topic that it seems that I FINALLY found something. I don't even want to say the acne is cured... b/c after everything I have been through, I don't want to jinx it. But, let's just say that Intense Pulsed Light Therapy may be a route for you to investigate. Since Dr. Jay caters the treatment specifically to each individual client and doesn't only use the Light Therapy for treatment, I cannot be 100% certain that my results are due solely (or at all) from the Light Therapy (I have also been using oral and topical anti-biotics too). However, I have used them in the past (as well as trying just about everything imagineable... i.e.: Retin-A, Benzoyl Peroxide, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Salycilic Acid, Vitamin Therapy, B5 Megadoses, Hormone Therapy, Spiroaldactone, Differin Gel, Tazorac, Triaz, Sumycin, Minocyclin, and the list goes on and on and on... basically, everything except for Accutane) and did not have the same results. So, it makes sense to deduce that the IPL is what is making the difference.

If you do decide to look into this, please be aware that (from what I have been told), you should be extremely careful about who you choose to perform any type of Laser or Pulsed Light Therapy on you, as it does have the potential to scar.

I hope I have helped you and answered your questions. Wishing you the best of luck. Please do not give up hope and know that there are others who completely feel your pain!
[QUOTE=Ruthy]Now, if there was just something to make the red spots go away faster!![/QUOTE]

This is the problem I am experiencing. The red spots/marks just won't go away full stop and my overall skin tone is not even however I have been experiencing a reasonable improvement recently. But this improvement was just thrown out of the window after I had applied tiny amounts of 2.5% B.P. one night. The next day I woke up and everywhere I had applied B.P. there were red patches.

B.P. is soooo unreliable. Sometimes it will work and improve your skin but most of the time you just get redness. I don't get it.

Anyway, Ruthy it does seem that this form of light treatment is much more effective with those who have cystic acne. I find this kind of strange because the whole principal of light treatment is aimed mainly toward mild-moderate acne suffers. I was told by the Dermalux guys that severe acne suffers might not benefit much from this treatment. Well it seems like the opposite is turning out to be true.

I do have a question regarding your son's treatment though. You say he was on Accutane but stopped as it didn't work. How long has it been since he stopped the treatment because this is what the Dermalux (U.K. company who produces this light box) faq says:

"[B]Can I use it while taking Roaccutane?[/B]
[I]No, Roaccutane can sensitise the skin to light so it would be unwise to use light therapy until 28 days after the course has finished[/I]."

Hopefully it has been 28 days since your son took Accutane. Remember it is an incredibly powerful antibiotic and it does increase skin's sensitivity to light. Your son is now on minocycline which can also increase the skin's sensitivity to light but not to the same extent that Accutane can. I was on minocycline a year ago and did notice this. It might be a good idea to check with your doctor/derm if using the red/blue lights in coordination with antibiotics is safe.

Also, further to Clark's question, are you using the "HappySkin"/ "Verliux" brand version of the light box? Don't worry you can list brand names, just not websites/adverts etc.

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