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  • findingaway
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    Originally posted by Rand627 View Post
    Please please keep us updated on how it goes. Especially with all of the details in your first post. I'm thinking about getting one and I'd love to see how it goes for you.

    Thanks a bunch!
    Of course. Happy too.

    Day 2...continued
    My face looked less red for all of the 2nd day - apart from as mentioned the flush probably induced by emotion. Someone at work actually commented on how refreshed I looked. Of course I immediately thought 'am I flushed?!' I'm not sure that was anything to do with the RLT but rather the restful xmas break!

    But I did experience the burning which I had managed to get rid of before starting RLT. It's so difficult to pin symptoms down on a cause sometimes. I don't know if the burning is back because of the RLT or because I stopped using the Good Skin - All Calm conditioner at the same time which seemed to be irritating.

    Day 3
    OK, so the redness is about the same as it has always been today. My skin doesn't feel sensitive like it did on day 2. But the burning is still with me

    I, unfortunately, have discovered a new button on this forum. When you click on someone's name, you can view all their posts. So when I see someone has posted something positive about their RLT, I view their previous and future posts and find quite a few are still active on the forum and in some cases doing well and in others not so well!!

    I am continuing to stick to my guns and go a few days break (or at least 48 hours) and then do another treatment.

    I am too eager today, so being at least 48 hours, I prep myself for another RLT session. I wash my face and to my horror, my cheeks are redder then they usually are after a wash with a new red patch around the eye . I am hoping it is simply because I towel dried my face a little hard! I wait a while to see if the red goes. It doesn't. I decide to do a infrared RLT anyway. It's doubly annoying as I was looking in the car mirror before I came in and was thinking the redness was less! Although the car interior in light seems to flatter me anyway.

    I really want to do longer and have to restrain myself to just do 5 mins on each cheek (inc eye) and my forehead. Unlike the Red, Infrared doesn't temporary blind me, which is nice!

    Felt OK. Just looked in the mirror and the red from my flush is fading. I will wait another 48 hours and then do another red treatment. If I am going good, I am going to up it to 10 minutes.

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  • Rand627
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    Please please keep us updated on how it goes. Especially with all of the details in your first post. I'm thinking about getting one and I'd love to see how it goes for you.

    Thanks a bunch!

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  • findingaway
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    Survey now working correctly

    Hi,

    Someone on another forum kindly pointed out that the survey wouldn't allow for multiple answers.

    Now fixed so should work fine now!

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TDFK7LV

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  • findingaway
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    My experience with Red Light Therapy

    OK. So last week I thought 'sod it', I've read enough and invested in a Red Light Unit.

    I am still a little unsure as exactly how to proceed (how close to my face? cover my nose? how long for? use everyday?). But I did stumble upon a few different sites which detailed how they use the professional salon LED red light machines for rosacea and seeing as you can get the same overall power output from a handheld (all be it you have to use it for longer!), I have decided to follow those instructions, but to go slowly first.


    Treatment instructions
    The salon routine is 20 minutes, 2-3 cm from the face, red light, then at least 48 hours break before the next treatment. Max two treatments per week. This carries on for a number of weeks (around 5 I think). Why stop there? Especially seeing as you supposedly cannot overdo RLT and it helps control rosacea, but not cure it? Well quite frankly I am not sure!

    I decided to go with this routine (at least to start with - I'm sure I will tinker with it) because others on there seem to have started really well with RLT and then ran into problems. I think this may be because the body cannot heal itself fast enough before more treatment is delivered. I suppose it's like having a really painful deep tissue massage and then going back day after day rather then giving the body a chance to recoup (but RLT doesn't hurt of course - just very relaxing).

    Also, I read this thread which talks about a trial at Hammersmith Hospital involving red light therapy for rosacea which was to be conducted by Dr. Chu, who I believe was Peter's (a forum member who has used RLT with great success) dermatologist when he used the Acne Lamp to help his rosacea - Peter was one of the first to treat rosacea with RLT I think. Unfortunately the trial was never done in the end.

    I could easily be well be wrong with this approach! Unfortunately only experimenting will reveal it

    Prior to treatment
    I have Ocular Rosacea and my cheeks burn (not so much recently) and are red. I also get red patches on my forehead and chin that will appear for a few hours, then go. I don't seem to flush to alcohol or foods, but sure do to emotional stress, exercise, sun, wind, cold and of course embarrassment. My rosacea has been getting steadily worse for about 8 months. The doc gave me Oracea, but since I don't have P&P it seemed pointless taking it. I take high dose vit d3, zinc, fish oils and vit c. Wash with Moroccan clay and use zinc sunblock.

    Patch test
    I did a patch test on the arm and left it 24 hours to make sure there were no adverse reactions. And then, yesterday, I started really slowly.

    They say to do a patch test as some drugs can make you sensitive to RLT. Photosensitive I think they call it. Oh and apparently NSAIDs also interfere, so no Ibuprofen to cure a hangover for a while!

    Day 1
    Held it about 2 cm away from my face on red light only. It was right over one eye and most of the cheek. I had no eye protection - it says in the manual it is completely safe with the eyes. I did 5 mins, then swapped to the other side. Then did 5 mins on my forehead. I didn't cover my nose, but the unit was so close to my face that I don't think it mattered as no light shined on my nose.

    Felt OK. Maybe a little flushed but OK. It was so bright that even with my eyes closed, I was temporally blinded when I stopped the treatment. When my vision came back, I was seeing things in a slightly different colour, very unnerving. It look 5 minutes for my vision to return to normal.

    Then I had a beer and flushed really badly - full body. I don't flush to beer, so this was a surprise. I had a beer today again and flushed again but not as bad though and I was upset about something, so it could of been the emotional trigger (which is a normal trigger for me). I am having a beer right now and seem to be OK, so who knows!

    Day 2

    My face feels a little more sensitive today, but not more red. It burns a little on my cheeks (this is not uncommon for me, but recently with the addition of zinc, my face hasn't burned).
    Last edited by findingaway; 4 January 2011, 10:09 PM.

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  • findingaway
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    Anonymous Survey

    Just in case anyone was wondering, the survey is completely anonymous

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  • findingaway
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    Originally posted by moore778899 View Post
    Great to hear Cameron!

    Maybe you could take the survey so we can start to build a picture of how RLT helps!

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TDFK7LV

    Or click here
    Would be great if more people could take the survey or suggest other places to post the link!

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  • findingaway
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    Originally posted by cameron View Post
    I have an all red 66nm from the led man. Great unit. Love it. No need to go to infared. It will not dry out your skin. It will moisturize it. I don't use eye protection but if you want go ahead and use it. Calms the skin down and reduces inflamation.
    Great to hear Cameron!

    Maybe you could take the survey so we can start to build a picture of how RLT helps!

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TDFK7LV

    Or click here

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  • cameron
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    I have an all red 66nm from the led man. Great unit. Love it. No need to go to infared. It will not dry out your skin. It will moisturize it. I don't use eye protection but if you want go ahead and use it. Calms the skin down and reduces inflamation.

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  • cameron
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    Originally posted by moore778899 View Post
    Thank you!

    I don't suppose you could fix the link in the first post could you?

    PS - By complete chance had a conversation with a scientist this afternoon. Couldn't believe my luck. I was on the phone for nearly an hour and a half!

    EYES

    In a nutshell, he basically said that all light wavelengths are OK to use with your eyes closed - infrared and blue and all. BUT - not UV!! AND - don't stare at blue, cos that will damage your eyes after a few minutes.

    It makes sense as you can comfortably stare directly at the sun with your eyes closed although I wouldn't recommend trying this.

    ALTERNATIVE RED / INFRARED

    I don't know all the detail yet, but basically red and infrared have different effects and can compliment each other. Although by no means perfect, they have been experimenting with a protocol and found that light therapy is more effective if you use red light and infrared alternatively.

    As I say I don't know the ratio, but for arguments sake lets say 2 days red, one day infrared. This way, they help each other to heal the skin (i'm talking really basic terms here!)

    POWER OUTPUT

    He also said that the other element everyone misses out on is the Joules of the units. It might be the right wavelength, such as 633-660mn or 830-880mn but only have 1-2 Joules, which means you'll be there all day and not really get a result. He said that the range should be between 50-70 Joules for it to be of benefit over say a 15 minute period.

    WAVELENGTHS

    In terms of the ranges, optimum range for collagen production is 633mn and optimum range for infrared is 830mn - BUT, it really isn't going to make much odds if you unit is 660mn or 880mn.

    SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS

    In terms of Seborrheic Dermatitis, he said he wasn't sure what might help, however in his opinion he said blue light (nearer to violet) might be best. Now this makes sense as if you think about it, sun bathing usually helps SD, so getting nearer the UV range (without the UV) may help.

    OCULAR ROSACEA

    Blue, red and infrared is most likely going to help Ocular Rosacea. Interestingly, blue light will kill some bacteria that causes the inflammation in acne. Acne is caused because of overly oily skin, bacteria thrive and thus cause spots and inflammation. I believe the blue, red and infrared lights do this by the body producing an extra oxygen, which as it is on it's own, will desperately want to attach to another molecule, so attaches to the bacteria changing it's form and killing it - not 100% that is 100% correct, but it's something like that.

    Basically, if lets take the meibomian glands for are blocked because of bacteria build up - which I believe they are (see below and here: http://www.dryeyezone.com/talk/showt...8157#post58157)...then, it is reasonable to assume that the blue/red/infrared may help to kill the bacteria in the same way! Here hopes.

    Below is from a post on the dry eye forum - and he is actually talking about an eye drop called Azasite, but the science of what he is saying is interesting.



    ROSACEA

    Now, Rosacea. He said that they had done some pilot studies, but they were not prepared to say it helped Rosacea. Which was a little disappointing - but hey, if people on this forum are anything to go by, it's worth a shot! He did say that is had helped people with Rosacea though. I guess it didn't help everyone!

    SIDE EFFECTS

    I was also a little worried that RLT would dry out the skin as it supposedly stops the sebaceous glands from producing so much oil. Remembering that oily skin is skin that ages best and slowest, you want some oil. Dry skin will ironically lead to wrinkles and aged skin quicker then oily skin. BUT again, there are many more factors, diet, UV exposure, stress levels etc. He said IPL on a regular basis could lead to dry skin as it destroys the skin to produce a very effective result in many cases, but RTL does not destroy the skin at all and therefore there is no risk of overly dry skin.

    RESEARCH

    Now - this is not the firm I talked with or will be going with, but they do have some good links on their site. Here is a link to the research page: http://www.britebox-skin-rejuvenatio...n-research.php

    Anyway - hope that helps!

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  • findingaway
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    Future research

    Originally posted by phlika29 View Post
    Just bumping this thread up for you
    Thank you!

    I don't suppose you could fix the link in the first post could you?

    PS - By complete chance had a conversation with a scientist this afternoon. Couldn't believe my luck. I was on the phone for nearly an hour and a half!

    EYES

    In a nutshell, he basically said that all light wavelengths are OK to use with your eyes closed - infrared and blue and all. BUT - not UV!! AND - don't stare at blue, cos that will damage your eyes after a few minutes.

    It makes sense as you can comfortably stare directly at the sun with your eyes closed although I wouldn't recommend trying this.

    ALTERNATIVE RED / INFRARED

    I don't know all the detail yet, but basically red and infrared have different effects and can compliment each other. Although by no means perfect, they have been experimenting with a protocol and found that light therapy is more effective if you use red light and infrared alternatively.

    As I say I don't know the ratio, but for arguments sake lets say 2 days red, one day infrared. This way, they help each other to heal the skin (i'm talking really basic terms here!)

    POWER OUTPUT

    He also said that the other element everyone misses out on is the Joules of the units. It might be the right wavelength, such as 633-660mn or 830-880mn but only have 1-2 Joules, which means you'll be there all day and not really get a result. He said that the range should be between 50-70 Joules for it to be of benefit over say a 15 minute period.

    WAVELENGTHS

    In terms of the ranges, optimum range for collagen production is 633mn and optimum range for infrared is 830mn - BUT, it really isn't going to make much odds if you unit is 660mn or 880mn.

    SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS

    In terms of Seborrheic Dermatitis, he said he wasn't sure what might help, however in his opinion he said blue light (nearer to violet) might be best. Now this makes sense as if you think about it, sun bathing usually helps SD, so getting nearer the UV range (without the UV) may help.

    OCULAR ROSACEA

    Blue, red and infrared is most likely going to help Ocular Rosacea. Interestingly, blue light will kill some bacteria that causes the inflammation in acne. Acne is caused because of overly oily skin, bacteria thrive and thus cause spots and inflammation. I believe the blue, red and infrared lights do this by the body producing an extra oxygen, which as it is on it's own, will desperately want to attach to another molecule, so attaches to the bacteria changing it's form and killing it - not 100% that is 100% correct, but it's something like that.

    Basically, if lets take the meibomian glands for are blocked because of bacteria build up - which I believe they are (see below and here: http://www.dryeyezone.com/talk/showt...8157#post58157)...then, it is reasonable to assume that the blue/red/infrared may help to kill the bacteria in the same way! Here hopes.

    Below is from a post on the dry eye forum - and he is actually talking about an eye drop called Azasite, but the science of what he is saying is interesting.

    Originally posted by Diana
    Moore778899,
    Azasite is azithromycin, a next-generation erythromycin that kills staph aureus and a few other bacteria. Staph aureus is the normal bacteria that is on the skin and mucous membranes of the body. Staph is the main culprit in colonization of the meibomian glands caused by oils that move more slowly from the glands, thereby becoming a food source for the bacteria. The bacteria's waste products then further harden and stop movement of the oils, so that they're solid at room temperature when they should be liquid at room temperature. (kind of like trans-fats--naturally liquid but altered in the lab to be solid at room temperature) Colonization takes a long time to eradicate but I think I finally killed off enough of the staph by being on Azasite long term to be comfortable again with improved flow of liquid oils.
    ROSACEA

    Now, Rosacea. He said that they had done some pilot studies, but they were not prepared to say it helped Rosacea. Which was a little disappointing - but hey, if people on this forum are anything to go by, it's worth a shot! He did say that is had helped people with Rosacea though. I guess it didn't help everyone!

    SIDE EFFECTS

    I was also a little worried that RLT would dry out the skin as it supposedly stops the sebaceous glands from producing so much oil. Remembering that oily skin is skin that ages best and slowest, you want some oil. Dry skin will ironically lead to wrinkles and aged skin quicker then oily skin. BUT again, there are many more factors, diet, UV exposure, stress levels etc. He said IPL on a regular basis could lead to dry skin as it destroys the skin to produce a very effective result in many cases, but RTL does not destroy the skin at all and therefore there is no risk of overly dry skin.

    RESEARCH

    Now - this is not the firm I talked with or will be going with, but they do have some good links on their site. Here is a link to the research page: http://www.britebox-skin-rejuvenatio...n-research.php

    Anyway - hope that helps!
    Last edited by findingaway; 22 December 2010, 08:37 PM.

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  • phlika29
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    Just bumping this thread up for you

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  • findingaway
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    Originally posted by Rand627 View Post
    If I didIf I had to buy a single unit with a single LED type it would definitely be red. I don't have SD so I don't have to worry about that.
    Lucky you

    I am swinging torwards the LEDman too. Yeah, they are pricey!

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  • Rand627
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    Mostly the price. If I did buy one it would be the portable 140 or so dollar one from the LEDman place.

    As far as I've heard red is by far the most commonly used and supposedly the most convenient. Infrared is kind of an extra that works for some and doesnt for others.

    If I had to buy a single unit with a single LED type it would definitely be red. I don't have SD so I don't have to worry about that.

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  • findingaway
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    Me too. Whats putting you off?

    For me it's -
    • Will it damage my eyes?
    • Improve my SD or make it worse?
    • Do I need infrared?
    • What's the best light wavelength (I've heard it said that 620-640nm is the most effective)
    • Will it make my skin dryer as it stops the skin producing so much oil?
    Last edited by findingaway; 22 December 2010, 04:56 AM.

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  • Rand627
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    No problem! I would take it but I've never used a RLT before. Definitely thinking about buying one though so I'll have to check out the results.

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