If you read the post that I left yesterday (Day 5: Disaster! Bad Rosacea Flush from Sunscreen!), then you’ll know that I had an unpleasant (to say the least) experience with some sunscreen. I was afraid that I was going to have to go back to the beginning and lose all of the progress that I had been making with my red light therapy.
Nope! After a full 24 hours of having skin that felt horrible, itchy, and burning, and that was beet red, there have been definite improvements again. There is hope! By the time about an hour had passed after the red light therapy, some of the very irritated redness had gone away.
Today, it took only a few minutes after the next red light session for all of the discomforts to go away. No more itchiness, burning, or tightness. It makes me feel as though everything is headed back in the right direction again. My skin started to feel cooler and softer right after the rosacea treatment, as well.
When I took a closer look at my skin, the redness is still more dramatic than what it had been before the sunscreen incident, but it still looks like the bumps are healing up. What a relief. Before I started to use the red light therapy for rosacea symptoms, that reaction would have continued for days.
I did a vlog (be kind in the comments, I was very nervous 😉 ) to describe what happened because I’m trying to describe the situation fairly. I likely won’t do many (if any) more vlogs, but this way, I could just babble in front of the camera and tell the entire story without having to type out every detail.
Here are the pictures of what my skin looks like today. I’m hoping to see rapid progress out of the damage done by the old sunscreen so that I can get back onto the same healing track that I’d reached before.
The sunscreen that I’m now using, which I mentioned in the video, is La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-fluid Lotion SPF 60. If I have any struggles with this one, I’ll be sure to add it to a future blog, but when I used the test product a couple of times, it was great. It’s very light and it didn’t cause any reaction in my skin.
Here are today’s pics after my red light therapy rosacea treatment. They’re better than yesterday but I’ll still need improvements to reach the progress I’d achieved before the sunscreen incident.
Other factors to be considered (which I forgot to add, yesterday. Sorry!):
- The temperature high today was 21ºC (70ºF)
- The temperature low overnight was 12ºC (53ºF)
- No alcohol or spicy foods
- I didn’t spend more than 10 minutes in direct sunlight at a time, today.