I had my first IPL treatment (very low parameters) in December 2009. The treatment was performed by a dermatologist and aimed at zipping small broken capillaries which appeared on my cheeks after a chemical peel. My skin responded very well to this treatment – I thought that the red lines (capillaries) have slightly fainted and the overall skin texture and appearance has also improved. I had another IPL after 6 weeks and again everything seemed to be fine until the 2nd week after the treatment when my skin became red (inflamed), was burning and flaking a lot. At that time I didn’t know that the IPL can be a trigger for seb derm. I was told that I developed the inflammation of small blood vessels and I was put on doxycycline for 3 months. Doxycycline calmed things down a little bit but my face was still pink in colour. I then went on having a second consultation with a highly reputable rosacea specialist who said that the redness, flushing and burning were the result of my rosacea progressing and advised me on having an alternate treatment of N-Yag and IPL.
I so far had one treatment with N-Yag – I was impressed with the results (flushing was significantly reduced but redness and odd flare ups of redness, flushing and burning persisted). I recently had an IPL treatment and I feel like I took a big step backwards – the redness, burning and flushing came back stronger than ever and only in the 2nd week after the treatment. I was told that it was seb derm and was asked to apply hydrocortisone cream over the affected areas. I have really tried to give it a go (I applied it twice daily for the past three days) but it made my skin extremely red and painful to touch – it just didn’t seem to settle things down despite the reassurance from my doctor that it would.
My question for you is as follows: Is it possible that I actually have developed seb derm as a result of all the IPL treatments that I had? Also, if it is indeed seb derm and not rosacea what damage could have been caused to my skin by all the laser treatments I had?
I think that it is important to say that I have never flushed or had flare up of seb dem or rosacea prior the laser treatments. All problems started after my 2nd IPL treatment and instead of improving as the treatments continued they actually worsened – except to the N-Yag treatment, which has actually improved things a little bit.
At the moment I wash my face with the Head and Shoulders conditioner (once or twice daily) and use salcura zeoderm to moisturise. This routine seems to be slowly working – my nose is still very inflamed though (it’s very warm and painful to touch). The flakiness and tightness have mostly subsided after I applied salcura zeoderm cream.
Many thanks for all your comments