Adult Acne Levulan Treatment, Red/blue Light and IPL
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PDT treatment with Levulan for moderate-severe...
- 31 May 2012
PDT treatment with Levulan for moderate-severe adult acne, 32F.
Treatment: no acetone, levulan applied with 90 minute incubation period, red/blue light on my face for approx 30 minutes (no pain), followed by IPL (minimal pain).
Day 1: My face is extremely red (way more than the photo shows, like a lobster), and minorly swollen. It hurts, but in a sunburn way, not an 'ouch' way.
Day 2: Just before bed on day 1 I noticed an area...
- 31 May 2012
My face is less red than yesterday, and starting to get quite tight. It doesn't sting or hurt at all anymore, just uncomfortable because of the tightness. I can see some small whiteheads under the tight skin, but I think they're from pimples I had before the treatment. Nothing I'd call a breakout. I'm taking baths instead of showering because my water pressure is high and I don't want to blast my skin off. A tiny bit of peeling has started, but I'm not encouraging it yet. Trying to keep my face still so I don't get anymore weepy spots; living off of Vega smoothies today.
I also wanted to mention that I'm supplementing to help the healing process...started with arnica a week before the Levulan, and since the Levulan am taking about ~ 7000 mg of Vitamin C a day (spread out every couple of hours), and 150 mg of zinc (50 mg 3x a day). I know mega-supplementing isn't everyone's thing, but it's worked well for me in the past. I'll do the zinc until tomorrow, and on day 4 I'll go down to 50mg a day. I'll keep taking high doses of vitamin C for a couple of weeks.
Day 3: Not my favourite day...I've been freaking...
- 1 Jun 2012
I'm flaking a little bit, peeling a very little bit. The few dark bits that have come off have nice skin underneath, so I'm really hoping that that's what happens with my circular pattern blobs...right now it looks like somebody stubbed cigarettes out on my face in a methodical pattern. Blah.
No pain, just anxiety! My weepy bit is still crusty but it will be fine, it's not discoloured or anything.
Day 4: Good news! I wasn't burned (more than i was...
- 3 Jun 2012
Definitely glad I took a week off because walking around in public like this is not even an option- the photos unfortunately don't show much (I only have time to do this at night, so low light + webcam = bad pics), but the parts that haven't peeled yet look kind of like scales. I covered my mirrors so that I didn't have to look yesterday, lol. That said, if I really needed to be somewhere tomorrow (day 5), I think I could safely exfoliate what's left off. But I don't need to be so I'm not going to risk it.
DAY 8: I should have updated sooner! Anyways, I'm...
- 7 Jun 2012
So, I'll try to remember to post an update in a few weeks or a month to report if the clearing lasted.