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Can Led Light Therapy Cause Discoloration/further Hyperpigmentation?

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#1 okiedokie123

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:11 AM

Hi guys, new here. I have always prowled this site but never went on to create a user. Well anyway...

I have been using an at-home LED Light Therapy hand-held machine for acne and perioral dermatitis. It's been only about a week but my skin has responded quite well so far. However, the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation marks that were left from my perioral dermatitis (had it since I was 11) seems to have gotten DARKER! It's in the form of a 'goatee' although I have no hair in that area. I'm not sure if I'm overdoing it or it's a side effect.

I use green in the morning to brighten (it's said to help with hyperpigmentation), blue in the evening for acne, and red/infrared afterwards for general fine lines, collagen increase, etc. I have lightly tanned Asian skin. I start off doing Pulse mode for 3 sections of my face. Now when I do Constant mode, I usually hold the machine over trouble spots. So in this case, I have been holding it over my hyperpigmented areas for at least 3 minutes. Perhaps that is causing it to get darker or is it generally, I should refrain from using LED Light Therapy on my hyperpigmented areas?

I am also suspecting it's the microdermabrasion crystals (aluminum oxide) that I've been putting in my 'every-2-3-days' scrubs to exfoliate. I have excessively dry, flaky skin around my mouth.

Thanks to anyone who can help!

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:04 PM

Is light therapy recommended for your skin type? I know that with lasers, there is a lot more risk for pigment changes in people who can tan. I have always been an "ideal laser" candidate because I CANNOT tan. I imagine it might be the same, to a smaller degree, with light therapy.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:53 PM

Hi Okiedokie. Just read your post as I was searching Google for a similar malady that I experienced with the baby quasar. For the first 1 month, I did not notice any discoloration, but now I am beginning to notice a few old acne scars resurfacing and these had faded completely before I started using the Quasar. 

Have you stopped using the BQ or is it that the discoloration resurfaces before it goes away completely?

Please let me know as I am facing a similar problem.

Thanks!

 



Hi Okiedokie. Just read your post as I was searching Google for a similar malady that I experienced with the baby quasar. For the first 1 month, I did not notice any discoloration, but now I am beginning to notice a few old acne scars resurfacing and these had faded completely before I started using the Quasar. 

Have you stopped using the BQ or is it that the discoloration resurfaces before it goes away completely?

Please let me know as I am facing a similar problem.

Thanks!

 






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