13th June 2012 07:31 PM
ipl with dr crouch
i had my first ipl with dr crouch today. i spent ages searching for others experiences before i decided to go ahead with treatment and thought it would be helpful to others to keep track of how things work out. i'll upload some before during and after photos too (once i get home and have my laptop). rosacea reared its head last november, flushing, redness and some p&ps. i had a nasty car accident in january and spent about 6 weeks in hospital. bizarrely my skin actually looked pretty great then, no idea why. it has been up and down since. my flushing is now under control with 30mg mirtazipine pm and 5mg bisoprolol am. ive actually not flushed since on these two meds about 3 weeks ago. ive also started finacea to help with p&ps but it is very early days with that. ive changed my diet and have been eating only gluten free bread, low sugar and plenty of water, veg and fruit. i cant really find any specific triggers other than alcohol. i use cetaphil to cleanse and dr nick lowes redness relief calming cream to moisturise. i also have tinted zinco for suncreen.
dr crouch said not to expect too much from my first treatment. he only treated my cheeks, 8 pulses each side, 3 passes. first pass 22 joules with 590 filter, second pass 24 joules with 615 filter and final pass 26 joules with 695 filter. it was a bit uncomfortable but not painful. i was super red after and my skin felt hot to the touch but i did not have any burning sensations. a few hours later the redness had subsided some and by this morning you can not tell i had any treatment yesterday. i have a few freckles and they have darkened like i was told to expect. they will eventually flake off. dr crouch does not prescribe the antibiotic any longer to prevent angiogenesis as he said the majority of his patients do not benefit from it. i stopped all supplements for a week prior other than a probitoic and milk thistle and have read that milk thistle has some anti-angiogenic properties so perhaps that might help. im thinking i might try some angiostop for the next ipl which is in 6 weeks time. i'll get some photos up tomorrow and report any changes over the next few days/weeks
13th June 2012 09:53 PM
Glad it went well.
Your comments about your accident, I am not surprised, every time I have been ill, during my many years of rosacea, I have not had problems with the rosacea, it does seem when there is another area of inflamation and trauma the rosacea subsides, bizzare but true!!
14th June 2012 10:47 AM