Last week Natajalo asked a good question about taking pycnogenol, grape seed extract, alpha lipoic acid and ester C during laser treatments. A physician said it should be fine and encouraged it.
Please do NOT take these supplements during laser treatment. At normal doses pycnogenol decreases platelet aggregation by 4 times greater than aspirin, grapes seed decreases platelet aggregation by over 7 times greater than aspirin and alpha lipoic acid and ester c basically double this effect.
You do not want to decrease platelet aggregation during laser because it can result in bruising, sweelling and detrimental skin effects -- this is why even a baby aspirin is totally contradindicated with laser. You should stop this one week prior to treatment. With the above supplements you should stop at least one week before and probably err on the side of caution by stopping 10 days in advance.
This information is not intended to embarass anyone, it is just extremely important information that needs to be known.
Dr. Geoffrey Nase
Ph.D. Neuro-Vascular Physiologist
Rosacea Research Specialist & Consultant