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Blistering after Smoothbeam

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Hi everyone,

I just had my first smoothbeam treatment on my chest and back. I have moderate scarring from a lifetime of acne cysts (I'm 29) - Being on birth control completely cleared me up, but I decided not to use it anymore and my acne started coming back. After using Retin-A for a few months, it was getting worse, so the derm suggested smoothbeam.

I had my treatment on Thursday around 4pm, and it is now Monday around 1pm. I have a row of small, slightly raised red bumps in a 10-inch line across the top of my back, where the derm said the skin is more sensitive (I'll try to post a picture this afternoon). Anyway, after reading all the horror stories about scarring from laser treatments, I'm worried that they won't go away. The derm said they would, but he never gave me a timeframe (In fact, he said maybe it's a good thing to blister as far as getting rid of scarring ?)

So! My question is, did this happen to anyone else, and how long did it take to clear? I'm in a wedding next month with my hair up and back showing, so I'm a little nervous!

Thanks!

PS - Any thoughts on using honey to treat it?

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Hi everyone,

I just had my first smoothbeam treatment on my chest and back. I have moderate scarring from a lifetime of acne cysts (I'm 29) - Being on birth control completely cleared me up, but I decided not to use it anymore and my acne started coming back. After using Retin-A for a few months, it was getting worse, so the derm suggested smoothbeam.

I had my treatment on Thursday around 4pm, and it is now Monday around 1pm. I have a row of small, slightly raised red bumps in a 10-inch line across the top of my back, where the derm said the skin is more sensitive (I'll try to post a picture this afternoon). Anyway, after reading all the horror stories about scarring from laser treatments, I'm worried that they won't go away. The derm said they would, but he never gave me a timeframe (In fact, he said maybe it's a good thing to blister as far as getting rid of scarring ?)

So! My question is, did this happen to anyone else, and how long did it take to clear? I'm in a wedding next month with my hair up and back showing, so I'm a little nervous!

Thanks!

PS - Any thoughts on using honey to treat it?

Hello,

What kind of setting were you on?

I had my own mishap when I had my Smoothbeam (six treatments)...I think a week before my 3rd treatment, I did my own lactic peel at home...so my skin was still pretty thin when I had my treatment..it could've been setting 13-14 but I ended up with about 30-40 red spots (from that smoothbeam 'zaps') that turned into small dark red crusts...took about good 1 month with gentle facial mud mask exfoliators (I think it was a papaya enzyme mask I got from a nature food store)...you're in luck cause suddenly I remember the name...it's Zia mask.

and I also had 10% hydroquinone that I applied daily....and cold pack on my face.

the blisters/crusts eventually peeled themselves and you'll end up with very pinkish spots for a while (but for women- i think it can be easily covered by make up...I wouldn't know since I'm a guy :redface:)

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Thanks for your reply...I had checked back a couple times in the first couple days, but no replies, so I haven't been on here since. It's been 12 days since the treatment...The blisters are completely gone now, not even any red spots. They lasted about 8 days.

I do however have a couple of new breakouts, one that is really big, but everything else is looking better so far. Doc said after second treatment I should see a big difference, and that's 12 days before the wedding I am in.

As far as the setting, I'm not sure, but I'll tell him I can't risk blistering the second time. I think I lucked out because my blisters didn't scab. I definitely think it's a good idea to put neosporin or something on the blisters to keep them moist and stop them from scabbing.

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Thank you for your update! My doctor has recommended my large pores & rough texture & shallow acne scars will be resolved by smoothbeam treatements .... but I'm still researching to see if this there are negative reviews about this treatment. I'm very glad to read your problems were short lived & resolved themselves.

Could I ask a few further questions:

Do you have before & after photos?

What problems did you want smoothbeam treatments to resolve?

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"I definitely think it's a good idea to put neosporin or something on the blisters to keep them moist and stop them from scabbing."

Yes - treat it as a burn, and put "burn" ointment and antibacterial medication on it .... always best to keep the old skin covering it as long as possible to let the newer skin underneath mature. So keeping the old skin/scab soft with ointment and out of sunlight has been my best way to avoid scars.

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Thank you for your update! My doctor has recommended my large pores & rough texture & shallow acne scars will be resolved by smoothbeam treatements .... but I'm still researching to see if this there are negative reviews about this treatment. I'm very glad to read your problems were short lived & resolved themselves.

Could I ask a few further questions:

Do you have before & after photos?

What problems did you want smoothbeam treatments to resolve?

Hi,

I didn't personally take a before picture, but the doctor did. I'll see if I can have a copy. I can take my own "after" photo, but this would be after the first treatment - I could do it again after the second one.

Basically, it was being in my friend's wedding that really pushed me to try it. I had actually wanted to try it back in November, immediately after going off the pill, as a preventative, but the doctor suggested topicals. Well, here I am now wishing I had done it sooner because the wedding is only 20 days away! I think he didn't recommend it because I had no breakouts at the time, but I knew I would start to. I guess I had about 5 cystic pimples since the fall, otherwise they were little ones that the retin-A got rid of fast. But, I still have some hyperpigmentation spots here and there from them, and I still have scars from my teenage years and early twenties with cystic acne.

So, I basically want to prevent new cysts and smooth out the scarring I have. I'll try to take a picture in the bridesmaid dress, too! My sister is going to be my make-up specialist :)

Are you having it done on your face? This was on my back - I think face would be more difficult to deal with - I was able to cover up my back.

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Here's a picture from after my first treatment. My doctor told me years ago that on a scale of 1 to 10, my acne was a 2. But it certainly feels like a 10 to me! Which is why I opted for the treatment. I'm tired of being 29 and still breaking out :P

This was approx. 10 days after my first treatment. The upper right shoulder broke out about three days after the treatment, but I'm certain it was hormonal - I always break out 10 days or so before my cycle. So, it looks a little bit better than this, I think, right now.

I'll do another picture after my second treatment which is next Thursday, the 11th.

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Here's a picture from after my first treatment. My doctor told me years ago that on a scale of 1 to 10, my acne was a 2. But it certainly feels like a 10 to me! Which is why I opted for the treatment. I'm tired of being 29 and still breaking out :P

This was approx. 10 days after my first treatment. The upper right shoulder broke out about three days after the treatment, but I'm certain it was hormonal - I always break out 10 days or so before my cycle. So, it looks a little bit better than this, I think, right now.

I'll do another picture after my second treatment which is next Thursday, the 11th.

How severe was your scarring on your back beforehand? I have severe scarring on my shoulders which I'm trying to figure out how to clear. I once had Insurance and was about to go on Accutane, but I decided to try going on Birth Control first and that did prevent me from getting any new acne. So I refrained from going on Accutane. I then went to India for vacation where I got some Cortisone shots placed into the acne for really cheap which made them level out for the most part (at least I believe they were Cortisone shots). I never thought of using laser/light or any other form of therapy to correct it. I though the scarring would fade overtime, but its been a good 5 years and not much better. So now I'm looking for the best solution cause I'd love to wear backless or even sleeveless clothing.

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Hi,

I really woudn't know how to rate how bad my scarring is. Not ice-pick scarring that I keep reading about, but whatever you get from cystic acne. Most of them are small, but there are enough to bother me. So far, I have seen no difference in the scarring from smoothbeam. It has been about three months since my first treatment and I go in for another one tomorrow. My skin has not smoothed out yet, either. When I run my hand over the skin I feel teeny tiny bumps - I'm thinking that's all the stuff slowly growing out of the pores. As far as I know, it also takes a long time to see a difference from the scarring, because the collagen needs time to build up - It could be a year or so. In the meantime, the skin seems thinner when I push it together - I guess because the laser does damage which then needs to be repaired.

Here's my latest picture. As you can see, I got four new zits in the past week and you can still see the hyperpigmentation from older ones. It's definitely hormonal, because it's always the week before my period. I was reading about using naproxen as an anti-inflammatory and I have a bottle, so maybe I'll try taking small doses next month. You can see I got a couple big zits further down my back, which doesn't normally happen *that* far down. Kind of disappointed about that. I'll have to ask the derm if anything can be done about the hyperpigmentation.

However, the breakouts on my chest stopped. Whenever I get a breakout on my face, I just spot treat it with retin-A and then it's gone within a day. The retin-A just didn't work well enough on my back or chest by itself which is why I opted for the lasers.

I also think the lighting in this picture is deceptive, because I didn't get tanner from the last photo, lol. After my next treatment, I'll try to get the same lighting. The only thing is that it's hard to tell because I also have a bunch of tiny freckles on my skin, so it may make a difference when looking at the acne. I do think it looks better overall, however, with the exception of the big zits.

Thanks!

Sorry, I tried to post a second picture, and it's not letting me!

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Well, it's now December 27th, 7 months after my first treatment and approximately 5 months since my final treatment and my acne is much worse than in these photos. I would definitely not say that Smoothbeam was a cure for me (Can't say that's the same for everyone). I only had three treatments because that's what the doctor said he usually does. I don't know if you're supposed to keep going or what, but it's expensive and if anything I think it made the scarring a bit worse. It's not more noticable than it already was (which was noticable, lol) but when I push the skin together the scars look hollowed out. I don't think it promoted collagen growth and if so, it's not even or smooth. I don't know why I thought it would be!

I honestly don't know what caused my acne to get worse. It could be stress, hormones, the fact that it's been a year since I was off the pill and it takes time for your skin to go back to "normal". I also started using Purpose bar soap last month, but it's way too harsh and definitely caused breakouts. I stick to the Purpose liquid soap for my face back and chest and it works wonderfully (I've used nothing else on my face for years and I rarely get a breakout there).

So, I've decided in the last couple weeks to go completely hollistic and try honey masks for my chest and back, and taking black cohosh but not everyday (because I've also slowly learned that steady use of drugs, even natural ones, doesn't help)...So far, the honey has definitely dried my pimples out, without drying out my skin (It has antibacterial properties which discourage bacterial growth, kind of like Retin-A which I still use as a spot treatment) and it leaves you with a healthy glow.

I'm doing a honey mask now, so I'll take a picture and post it in a minute after I've washed it off...I'll also try to take a pic of what the scarring looks like that I mentioned.

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Here is the scarring on my chest that I mentioned. This is when I push the skin together, you don't notice them regularly, but I just wanted to demonstrate that the collagen did not grow back like they stated, and if anything the scars seem more hollowed out.

I just wanted to show everyone my results after three treatments. I don't think it was worth the money and I wouldn't go again for fear of the scarring becoming even worse.

I've used honey treatments for two weeks now, maybe 5 treaments and I *think* I can see an improvement, especially with hyperpigmentation. Retin-A never helped with that, and if anything, the redness lasts longer with Retin-A. I still have had a couple new breakouts since starting the honey, though, and I don't think it's valid just yet because I was on antibiotics for 10 days due to a sinus infection. Also, it's right after my period and that's when my skin looks best, anyway.

So, I'll keep up the treatments and post another picture after a month of honey!

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Tried honey for a few weeks, but started getting blackheads on my shoulder where I'd never seen them before, so I stopped using it. I guess I was leaving it on too long, so it was clogging the pores?

I'm now on the AHA, BP regimen. I started approximately 3 weeks ago. I use AHA one night, BP the next night and so forth. Since I'm in the third week, I've had a few big red breakouts, but they don't feel as deep as my usual cystic acne does. Also, the hyperpigmentation I have everywhere else seems to be slowly fading. I'm going to stick with it and see how it looks after a couple more weeks. I'll post a couple pics when I get around to it.

I should probably switch this to an AHA link now, but I don't know how!

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