I wanted to share a rosacea update with you. I saw my dermatologist today. She told me that my skin is looking better now than when I first came to see her 2 years ago.
To prepare for my first round of IPL, I was told to stop taking my Metrogel Cream and only use my Oracea (pills). So that’s what I’ve done for the past month. My IPL treatment was last Thursday at Elan Med Spa. They used the most mild setting on the IPL laser. I don’t feel like I’ve seen a lot of changes in my skin yet (I did take before and after photos that I will be sharing later), but I know it can take up to 2 weeks to see a change from the treatment. My next appointment is scheduled for Aug. 28. I do expect to see more results after that.
After working out on Friday (the day after my IPL), my face was less red than it normally is from working out. Seeing a previous post-workout selfie vs. Friday’s showed a big difference to me.
My derm pointed out that usually it does take 3 treatments to see results so not to worry. She feels like my skin looks smoother and less red than before. She feels like it looks less dry, which I agree. So I’m supposed to stick with taking Oracea every other day, and if I have a flare up (break out) change to daily until it goes away). I like this because my skin is reacting better to not having the Metrogel on it.
She said the main issue that she currently sees with my skin (which IPL will hopefully address) is the redness. I still have a lot of redness to my face. Mirvaso can hide that, but it lasts 4 to 12 hours, so it’s not a permanent solution. It’s still a really handy solution though! She also gave me samples of a medicated green tinted moisturizer to try and see if that helps to counter the redness. It’s called Avar-e Green.
My derm feels like the fewer medications you use, the better it is for you, so she’s glad that my skin is responding well to only using the Oracea. I’m glad because I hate the Metrogel. I feel like it dried out my skin horribly and made it very thin. I’d far rather take the pill than use the cream on my face.
As usual, she checked out my current skincare products and liked them.
So I’m cautiously optimistic with my skin right now. I feel like the IPL will hopefully reduce all of my redness. I’m really grateful to find out that I can just take Oracea to control my flare ups and keep my skin in line and I can stop using the Metrogel cream.
I will say that I’m impatient for Aug. 28 to get here. I want my next treatment!
How are things with you?