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Using Light Therapy With Topical Treatments?

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So, I am not sure if this should be posted in the prescription section or the OTC section, and forgive me if this is incorrect.

I'm considering purchasing an OTC blue-light therapy device to help with my acne. I have heard some people say it doesn't help at all with cystic acne, and others say it's a miracle product. I was wondering if anyone had used a device or spa therapy like this while also using medications for acne.

Currently I'm using:

Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser

AM treatment: Benzaclin (RX)

PM treatment: 0.05% Retin-A

Moisturizer: a custom blend of rose hip oil, lavender essential oil, and rosemary essential oil.

Oral: taking minocycline 2x a day (just started a week ago).

Do you think it is worth the exorbitant price tag to try the light therapy devices? Do they work well for hormonal cystic acne, or are they better for "regular" acne breakouts?

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Hi Azhure, interested to know your progress with your combined therapy. Blue light or even other laser/ipl therapies have worked quite well... just not sure if an OTC device is powerful enough to reach the depths of skin to address cystic acne. Also, I understand the need for a moisturizer, but aren't oils bad, as they generally clogs pores and trap bacteria?

Also, has the minicycline worked on it's own (without any side effects)?

Wondering if seeking medical advice on how to first balance your hormone levels.

Also, what are you using to manage the bacterial influence on your skin? Seems to be the one area most regimens overlook.

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I used one of the best light therapy devices on the market (the Lightwave CS). It is good for surface acne, the kind with lots of pus. It does not help cystic acne--no light therapy really does.

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So, I am not sure if this should be posted in the prescription section or the OTC section, and forgive me if this is incorrect.

I'm considering purchasing an OTC blue-light therapy device to help with my acne. I have heard some people say it doesn't help at all with cystic acne, and others say it's a miracle product. I was wondering if anyone had used a device or spa therapy like this while also using medications for acne.

Currently I'm using:

Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser

AM treatment: Benzaclin (RX)

PM treatment: 0.05% Retin-A

Moisturizer: a custom blend of rose hip oil, lavender essential oil, and rosemary essential oil.

Oral: taking minocycline 2x a day (just started a week ago).

Do you think it is worth the exorbitant price tag to try the light therapy devices? Do they work well for hormonal cystic acne, or are they better for "regular" acne breakouts?

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Hi Azhure, interested to know your progress with your combined therapy. Blue light or even other laser/ipl therapies have worked quite well... just not sure if an OTC device is powerful enough to reach the depths of skin to address cystic acne. Also, I understand the need for a moisturizer, but aren't oils bad, as they generally clogs pores and trap bacteria?

Also, has the minicycline worked on it's own (without any side effects)?

Wondering if seeking medical advice on how to first balance your hormone levels.

Also, what are you using to manage the bacterial influence on your skin? Seems to be the one area most regimens overlook.

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Oils can make or break your skin. I've tried several oils (commercial moisturizers just weren't doing well for me) and about 5 drops of rose-hip oil after washing and about 30 minutes after my treatment (retin or benza) is so soothing to my skin. It absorbs very quickly and within 5 minutes my skin feels normal - not the itchy-dry that the medications make it, and definitely not greasy.

I've also thought about seeing an aesthetician... maybe they have stronger lights? Once I get most of it cleared up, I'm going to talk to a dermatologist about lactic acid peels for scarring and red light therapy as well.

You can use milk for gentle exfoliating with lactic acid, have you ever tried that? I took a milk bath with a tub full of water and a gallon of 2% milk and my skin felt so soothed and soft. I did rinse off afterwards of course, but I would give it a try if you haven't yet. I don't even digest milk, but on the skin it feels fantastic! And okay, just make sure you're not overlooking something because you've been using it so long. I do that with makeup sometimes. >_<

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I love my Sirius Aurora Light system. I got it for a steal, at like 70 bucks on Amazon... it has a green light for hyperpigmantation, blue for acne and red for toning and wrinkles. I was getting great results, but then found BP worked faster and wasn't a huge time commitment. So then I started adding them together a couple of weeks ago, and my light system broke. I bought it in March, and there's a one yr warranty. So I literally called today, but had to leave a voicemail... odd. ANd I'm not expecting them to call me back, so I'm gonna bug them for a new device.

Last week I was getting a cyst, and immediately kept 10% BP on the spot, (jojoba oil to moisturize) and used the blue light two nights in a row just on that spot for 3 minutes. The cyst completely stopped forming and died. Thank God.

So I say if you have the cash, do it.

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Let me know if the OTC blue light device works. I know the higher powered version (i.e. the blu-u) is a medical standard for treating acne... just not sure about the cost; otherwise, maybe a professional treatment is the kick start your skin needs? Also, thanks everybody for the info on oils :)

A couple of other things I've been researching... dermarolling and the effects of stress on acne sufferers.

Dermarolling seems to be very effective (and not too costly), but I'm concernred about infection. Anybody try this?

Stress... we all have it in our lives, some more than others. From what I've gathered from more severe cases (i.e. friends with acne inversa or hidradenitis suppurativa), stress seems to greatly exacerbate acne for many sufferers (http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-care-11/stress-and-acne). Has anybody else given this thought?

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Let me know if the OTC blue light device works. I know the higher powered version (i.e. the blu-u) is a medical standard for treating acne... just not sure about the cost; otherwise, maybe a professional treatment is the kick start your skin needs? Also, thanks everybody for the info on oils smile.png

A couple of other things I've been researching... dermarolling and the effects of stress on acne sufferers.

Dermarolling seems to be very effective (and not too costly), but I'm concernred about infection. Anybody try this?

Stress... we all have it in our lives, some more than others. From what I've gathered from more severe cases (i.e. friends with acne inversa or hidradenitis suppurativa), stress seems to greatly exacerbate acne for many sufferers (http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-care-11/stress-and-acne). Has anybody else given this thought?


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Let me know if the OTC blue light device works. I know the higher powered version (i.e. the blu-u) is a medical standard for treating acne... just not sure about the cost; otherwise, maybe a professional treatment is the kick start your skin needs? Also, thanks everybody for the info on oils smile.png

A couple of other things I've been researching... dermarolling and the effects of stress on acne sufferers.

Dermarolling seems to be very effective (and not too costly), but I'm concernred about infection. Anybody try this?

Stress... we all have it in our lives, some more than others. From what I've gathered from more severe cases (i.e. friends with acne inversa or hidradenitis suppurativa), stress seems to greatly exacerbate acne for many sufferers (http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-care-11/stress-and-acne). Has anybody else given this thought?

You're on to a few great things here. I purchased a dermaroller (1.5mm) a year ago and still have never opened the package because I feel like I'm gonna screw my entire face up! Plus, you're not supposed to use it if you have active acne. sick.gif

And stress is a major factor in your health, skin included. Whatever it takes to get you in a good mood.. exercise, eating right, singing, whatever you need to do. Who doesn't want to be happy anyways?

Has anyone here ever tried drinking Apple Cider Vinegar every morning? I'm about to start and I'm wondering if a tablespoon is enough? Right now I drink lemon water whenever I can but I'm wondering what else people have tried.

I've decided not to purchase a light until I've tried everything else. It seems like your skin depends on it to stay clear then. Sort of like topicals.

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At first, I thought the idea of drinking apple cidar vinegar to be far fetched. However, looking at it from the stand point of insulin insensitivity, there does seem to be a corelation between higher glucose levels and propensity for acne. Even though it may be a controversial topic, there does seem to be some clinical data supporting the theory that vinegar can help stabilize blood sugar (in regards to diabetes). For example, http://open.umich.edu/sites/default/files/pharm476-w11-studentposter-group04.pdf

Thinking about further, I can see how stabilizing sugar levels would have an all encompassing effect, not only on acne, but stress levels & irritability, etc. Maybe this is one of the common linkes between stress & acne? And for those people who experience a benefit by drinking apple cidar vinegar, it could indicate that these people are pre-diabetic?

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