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  1. True ... Topical medications utilized for all patients in the study included a sulfur-based (eg, sulfur/sodium sulfacetamide) or benzoyl peroxide-based cleanser, a topical clindamycin preparation, and a topical retinoid preparation (eg, adaptalene, tazarotene), or azelaic acid. Interestingly though, while these fairly routine topicals do not appear to have worked effectively prior to the treatment, after the treatment they did and were enough to keep the acne in check to achieve 100% clearan
  2. Here's an extract from a 2006 laser treatment pilot study evidently done at, or in association with, the Yale University School of Medicine : RESULTS: Complete clearance was achieved in 100% (14 out of 14) patients in the LP PDL PDT-treated group. A mean of 2.9 treatments (range 1-6; 2.0-3.7, 95% CI; n=14) was required to achieve complete clearance for a mean follow-up time of 6.4 months (range 1-13; 3.8-8.9 95% CI; n=14). The patient mean percent lesional clearance rate per treatment was 77% (
  3. Yup. Correct. The lamps are engineered to produce *enough* light in 405-420nm to clear your acne (in fact there's plenty of light to do that). Maybe that's how the patent for the use of 415nm light for acne is avoided ? Does your lifestyle provide you with much time outdoors ? If I look back over the past month I've probaby spent about 1 hour IN TOTAL outside of my car, house or office, all of which shield me from a large portion of the natural sunlight spectrum. The more I
  4. Do you have a web page link for these compact lamps ? I couldn't find a violet 420nm version when I searched. They sound ideal if they fit a normal lamp socket and deliver high output 420nm. The 150W output from 27W sounds a little high. But from memory a 25W fluorescent compact lamp delivers about the same light output as a 100W incandescent lamp. So the 150/27 ratio is not far off the mark. In terms of the Beautyskin keep in mind that it has 3 x "Blue" tubes at 15W each. i.e. 45W fluro p
  5. It may be the floro lamp that is providing the majority of your benefit if it is providing violet light at 420nm. From what I can make of the blue tubes in my Beautyskin they appear to put out mainly blue light above 450nm. There may be a little 405-420nm at one end of the tube's spectrum but it is not the primary color. Perhaps the Beautyskin relies on the mixing of the light from the red and blue tubes to provide the required violet ? If I have time one day I'll make a simple spectrometer
  6. Lamarr, when you say "compact fluro tubes" are these any particular color or are they just white ? Also interested in the actual color of the "blue" tubes in your Beautyskin. The ones in mine are more blue than violet, but I thought it was violet (415nm) that was needed to kill bacteria. Here's a link to a color spectrum http://www.giangrandi.ch/optics/spectrum/spectrum.shtml The blue tubes in my Beautyskin have a definite blue color in the 450-500nm range. But I would have thought that
  7. The tubes in my Beautyskin don't seem to have a color that is in the 400-450 nm range which is mainly purple. The color is more in the 450-500 nm range which is more blue than purple. In order for the light to be effective I thought it had to be around 410-420 nm which is purple. Anyone noticed the same thing with their Beautyskin ? The color ranges are shown in the picture below ...
  8. Yes, I've had the same thing. Mine took longer though. For the first 4 weeks things were fine, then I had a flare up that has now lasted for a week. You're right the Beautyskin manual states that this is normal. That's reassuring. I also found this ... "There are normally no immediate signs of treatment. Most see a visible difference in their acne within 6 weeks after just one treatment, although we normally recommend 2 Nlite treatments, 4 weeks apart, or an Nlite followed by a series of Omni
  9. Hi All Interested in the "no alcohol on the face" comment. Is this to do with the use of the lights or just with acne in general ? I started with a new BeautySkin around 2 weeks ago but have been using an alcohol based product as well. :think:
  10. There are many posts on this forum that have the info you need. Just look for topics that have blue/red light in them, or BeautySkin, or Dermalux. The link below is to one of the most moving posts I've seen in support of blue/red light treatment : http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...=131150&hl=
  11. Does anyone know the type of tubes that are used in the Dermalux and Beauty Skin products ? i.e. the manufacturer and part/model number ? I've read with interest the various ideas for rolling your own unit. The high power LED options are interesting but appear expensive compared with just using tubes. If the tubes were arranged in a wrap around style you would also get a more even coverage. I also noticed some past posts on actinic tubes. These are the ones used in aquariums that provide the b
  12. I've had these for as long as I can remember (and Acne for 30 odd years). Some references say that they are caused by allergies. They don't say if the allergies are food or nasal ones though. I've also seen that they can be caused by nasal blockage (e.g. polyps) causing increased pressure in the veins around the eyes. Based on these possibilities I cut all dairy and grains out of my diet around 5 months ago. Dark circles are still there. Dairy and grains are the most likely food allergens from
  13. How did you get on with the pH tests ? From what I've read you need to test urine and saliva first thing in the morning, and then late in the day, over several days to build up a good picture of the overall body pH. Ultimately it's the blood pH that probably matters most, bit I haven't figured out how to test that ... yet.
  14. Nice post. Are you able to elaborate on your comment ... There are many factors that regulate both desquaminalzation of keratinocytes and sebum composition and production, the largest being hormonal (androgen sensitivity), but may also have something to do with insulin sensitivity or resistance ... in particluar what continually elevated and/or repeated rapid rises in insulun levels may do to desquaminalzation and sebum composition/production ?
  15. From what I've been reading (and trying) lately, it appears that it is more likely to be excess carbs and dairy in the diet (that push up insulin levels) than food intolerance/allergies. Not saying that these do not have an effect, but the main "diet" related issue may be as simple as carbs/insulin alone. This is being discussed at the moment on the thread shown below. Worth a look if you're interested or do a search on Google for "Cordain and Acne" ... http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.p