I’m very excited to be able to report to you that after the red light therapy treatment that I completed last night, I experienced more improvements in my rosacea symptoms.
I mentioned in my last post that I was afraid that I might have been so eager to get results from the LED red light that I was using for the first time, that I might have been experiencing the placebo effect. I was so unsure that I emailed the company where I got the kit (Smarter Lights).
Now that another day has passed (and another rosacea treatment), I am absolutely certain that there has been a difference. The pink colour of my cheeks has faded a little bit more (I’m talking a tiny bit, but enough that I can definitely notice it), and the little bumps seem to be healing up now. The bumps are flatter (not as raised) and they don’t seem to look as angry anymore.
A brief note about the bumps as symptoms of rosacea…
These are not regular pimples. They are not caused by the same bacteria that leads to those in acne vulgaris. They may be referred to as acne rosacea, but as far as I’m concerned, that is a misnomer.
On me, a flare-up that leads to the bumps can cause the little pimple-like bumps that will stick around for a few hours, or they may be around for days or even weeks. They’re bumpy on the skin but they’re not the same as an acne infection. They are a symptom of the irritation and inflammation, but not necessarily an infection. Therefore, the last thing that I would recommend doing (in my non-professional, non-licensed, non-expert opinion) is to use any kind of anti-acne product on an area with rosacea bumps. Rant done.
Back to the regularly scheduled natural rosacea treatment program…
Overall, since I’ve started the right light therapy, my skin looks healthier (which is nice) and it feels better. A lot better. It feels better to the touch (noticeably softer because it normally feels like a very fine grit sandpaper), and it isn’t tight, itchy, hot, or burning.
I think I’ve really found my groove now in terms of using the LED red light, too. I like to hold onto the light instead of clamping it to something (it comes with a clamp light) or putting it into a goose-neck lamp. I have no idea why that is my preference, but I’m working on embracing my weirdness. I found it somewhat awkward the first time that I used it, but this time, I shifted around until I found a very good system and I plan to repeat that technique from now on.
This natural rosacea treatment is so easy that all I want to do is by far the best one I’ve ever tried and I’ve only been benefiting from it for 48 hours. Not too shabby!
Here are my latest pictures:
Check out the progress my chin pimple made (right picture). It’s nearly gone. I don’t get a lot of regular pimples, but it worked very fast on clearing that one up. I’d be willing to bet that it will be gone, tomorrow.
I’ll keep posting with daily progress, so please feel welcome to check back often.
Also, feel welcome to share your successes and struggles with rosacea treatments in the comments box below 🙂
Other factors to be considered:
- The temperature high today was 23ºC (73ºF)
- The temperature low overnight was 10ºC (50ºF)
- No alcohol or spicy foods
- I didn’t spend more than 10 minutes in direct sunlight at a time, today.
Thank you for your quick genuine reply! I appreciate it 🙂
I was actually watching more of your videos when I received your email, so it felt almost like I was talking to you face to face. lol
Actually I’m from Korea and got married to an American, so I moved to the states about 9 months ago. So my English isn’t perfect!! So if you see some mistakes in my text, please do understand 🙂
As I was reading your blogs and watching videos, I was wondering about the difference between the flare ups and flushing. Also whenever you have rosacea bumps, do they itch?? I’m just trying to figure out if we have the similar kind of bumps.
Oh! and when I was watching your reviews about soaps, I was wondering if you have ever used the sulfer cleanser. That helped me a lot. Also I heard that using soap is bad for rosacea skin, but maybe I’m wrong. :p
And of course I’ll be happy to share my experience with you after I use the Red light therapy!
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Hello again Aurum,
That’s really cool. I guess watching the videos at the same time that you were reading my email really would change the experience haha. You’d know what my voice would sound like as I said the words! That’s technology for you, I guess 🙂
Please don’t feel any need to apologize for typos or grammatical errors. Nobody’s perfect. Even writers need editors (I’m a writer in “real life”, so I know!).
Since I’m not a skin expert or anything, I can’t tell you the official medical distinction between flare-ups and flushing, but I use the terms as follows:
– Flare-up – when I experience a range of my rosacea symptoms (subtype 1 and 2) such as redness, heat, itching, stinging, and bumps or any combination of these. Flushes can last from several hours to many days. Before I had my rosacea under control, it was pretty much constant for several years.
– Flushing – when my face turns red and hot/stinging but it lasts for only a few hours until it cools down. It’s somewhat like if I were to blush from being embarrassed, but it sticks around for a longer period of time.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between the two, depending on what symptoms show up and how long they last.
If I’m using those terms incorrectly, please correct me! I’d rather know 🙂
About the soaps – the first point I should make is that I should have called them “cleansers”. You’re right and that was a very good point: soap is not good for sensitive or rosacea-prone skin. Officially, none of them actually contained soap ingredients. I just kept calling them that because they were in bar form. They are all just cleansers. Their ingredients are listed on their webpages which I provided in the description for that video.
I’ve never tried sulfur cleanser. I’ll have to look into that, though. I have a friend who has acne and that works for her, but I’ll do some research before I try that on my sensitive skin and rosacea. Thanks for the idea!
Good luck with the red light therapy. I’m very hopeful that I’ll be hearing good news from you soon.
Take care and be well,