Red/Near-Infrared + Green Tea

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Red/Near-Infrared + Green Tea

Postby CrabbyCathy » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:54 am

Just posting my thoughts :)

I haven't used my Acnelamp in quite a long time, so I decided to drag it out and try it for 10 minutes. It does contain both red and near-infrared bulbs. In the past, I didn't stick to it long enough to see a difference but never saw any negative effects. The only time I turned pink was using it too soon after IPL a few years ago. Since then, my lamp was "resting" in the closet.

Well, today, I had also read on another forum about applying green tea to your face, letting it dry, then doing a session. About five minutes into my session, I started to feel pulsing, tingling, and little zaps in my cheeks. Quite odd, since usually I feel nothing at all. Soon after, the timer went off, and I went into the bathroom. Lovely! Bright red, blotchy patches had intensified/appeared on my cheeks. Mind you, I was already flaring a bit, since early January, but had calmed it down a bit with a tiny bit of cortisone.

I am attributing this to the green tea, and not the near-infrared as was my first instinct. Hopefully this calms down by tomorrow, because I do have to go to work. I shall try again, sans green tea, on Saturday, and see where it goes. I am tempted to buy a replacement head that is all-red, but will give my current lamp a try for a few months before spending the money.
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Re: Red/Near-Infrared + Green Tea

Postby LoriRosy » Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:36 pm

How is the acne lamp working out? I have had Rosacea for 30 years now. It is such a frustrating disorder. I am always looking for a way to minimize the symptoms or even possibly get rid of them altogether! I have tried putting green tea bags directly on my rosy cheeks and even drinking the tea, but my Rosacea gets worse. My Rosacea was pretty well under control until a couple of months ago. I have been on Sodium Sulfacetimide 10% & 5% Sulfur prescribed by my dermatologist. I was so upset when I tried to refill my prescription the next month-the pharmaceutical company stopped making this product!!! (tears) Dermatologist gave me a prescription of Sodium Sulfacetimide 10% & 5% Sulfur Suspension. This product flared my Rosacea up horribly! I should have studied the ingredients before I put it on my face. It has Benzyl Alcohol in it. I have an appt. scheduled for May with my doctor. In the meantime, I tried using Prosacea. That irritated my face too. I wonder if I may now have an intolerance to Sulfur topically, since I was on it for 15 years. I am allergic to Cetaphil and most other products on the market. I cannot use anything with Sodium Laurel Sulfate. Pure Glycerine soap bothers my face too! I can't even use Clinique. The only thing I can wash my face with is Baking Soda. I make it like a paste. I have combination skin. I cannot use any oil on my face, it makes my pores huge. I have also started putting Hydrogen Peroxide on my face before I moisturize. The Hydrogen Peroxide also alleviates the burning and stinging. This seems to cut down on the lesions and scaling that I get too. I moisturize with Eucerin Original Lotion. When I have flare ups, I use Zinc Cream. I love Revlon's Colorstay make-up. It works wonders to conceal my redness. I just recently heard of using green concealer to hide the redness. I am concerned that my make-up would look too cakey with a concealer and foundation on top of that. Today, I took some green eyeshadow and mixed it with my foundation. It doesn't look too bad. Hope to hear from you. I am always open for advice. I am attaching a picture from today. I put the foundation on one side of my face to show the difference. This is with the green eyeshadow mixed in my foundation.
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Re: Red/Near-Infrared + Green Tea

Postby CrabbyCathy » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:48 am

I haven't been consistently using the lamp, unfortunately. It's hard to squeeze it in when I work evenings, etc etc. (doh) I know others who use it consistently, for, say, 10 minutes per day, do see results after a few months.
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Re: Red/Near-Infrared + Green Tea

Postby CrabbyCathy » Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:39 am

Also, I've been meaning to mention---baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are quite harsh on the skin, but if it works for you, I hesitate to advise a change.

What was the brand-name of the sulfur product you were using, and the one that caused a reaction? I don't know if you have a reaction to sulfur, since the product you were using before it was discontinued worked so well. It may well be the suspension the product is in--ie, gel vs cream, etc.

How did the green version of your foundation work for you? I know how you feel about having too many layers and feeling/being cakey.
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