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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...
Well I'm at DAY 43 which is around six weeks and still no improvement. Infact my acne has returned. Now my cheeks are beginning to get more inflammed with a few whiteheads and alot of blemishes that take ages to go away.

The worst thing is my nose has been attacked constantly by spots/inflammation and I haven't experienced this for a long time. I'm not sure what has caused this drastic drop in my skin's performance but it may have something to do with that Cetaphil regime I have been following that someone else posted about. It has probably blocked my pores. So I have stopped that regime totally and have gone back to my normal 'no-frills' regime and will see if it makes any difference.

Everytime I sit infront of that lamp I do think to myself 'this is so pointless, if it hasn't worked after 6weeks it will never work' but of course we all think that when we don't see immediate results. But I will be very surprised if I do suddenly see a turn in my skin's complexion over the final two weeks. It will literally be a miracle.

And finally I do hope this treatment is 100% safe because after all this effort and no results, it really would be the final nail in the coffin if 10 years down the line we see reports detailing how light treatment could be a carcinogen! However, I do highly doubt the treatment is harmful so long as it is done in small doses and not for long period of time.

[QUOTE=Clark]I may be experiencing some irritation, I'm not sure. I think I have more little spots and discolorations. I'm concerned that the lights may be making my entire treatment area kind of "ruddy.".[/QUOTE]

Clark when you say you have more discolourations, are these discolourations sun spots/hyperpigmentation or are they just red inflammations? They shouldn't really be hyperpigmentation unless your skin has become very sensitive to the light. And what does "ruddy" mean? Do you mean patchy? I am experiencing uneven skin tone so maybe this has something to do with the Cetaphil regime. Are you using that regime too?

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