My treatment wasn't unpleasant, but it does snap & sting a fair amount. When it was done, she said there was no aftercare, which I thought was odd. I used a collodial silver & lavender mineral water spray and put CeraVe light moisturizer on it twice a day. She said allow 7 days before coming back in for a follow-up treatment, but I could tell it was going to take at least 7 days to even see how this was going to turn out, and probably even longer to really see the full results. I'm sure she was following the instructions the Lumecca manufacturers suggest, but just from my own experience doing peels and with a Fraxel laser treatment a few years ago, I knew doing 2 treatments so close together was not good advice.
After about 5 days, I was very unhappy with how my skin looked. It had gotten really irritated, I had broken out in clogged pores, new acne and even an almost cystic pimple was developing near my lip. I had larger pores all over (which I didn't before), and my previously bad areas (the inner cheeks by my nose have that slight orange peel texture) had gotten much worse. I decided I needed to intervene and speed up the cell renewal that was maybe happening (?) and so I did an at-home 15% TCA peel and left it on for about 1 minute. I know TCA is a strong at-home peel, but I have done these many times before and felt confident with how my skin would take it.
It turned out to be a VERY good idea, because after 2 days with Aquaphor on my face, healing from the peel, my skin started looking very nice. I am not 3 weeks post-IPL & peel, and I can say there is a significant reduction in redness in my skin. My right cheek has rosacea more so than my left cheek, and for a while there I was afraid it had been aggravated by the procedures, as it did get noticeably redder, but that seems to have subsided. My skin is basically much more clear and even-toned than it was before and all of the break-outs, large pores and orange-peel skin is gone.
Overall, I'd say this was worth it. But I am hesitant to try it again on my face. I'm going to use my follow-up visits to treat the skin on my chest, neck and hands. I'll post pics when I get those done.