Hello! If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I blog a lot about living with Rosacea. I share skincare and dietary tips along with the occasional selfie (hehe). In an effort to help control and calm my rosacea in the long term, I have been extremely lucky to undergo a treatment called ‘Pulsed Dye Laser’ thanks to the NHS. On Wednesday 4th October 2017 I had my 4th and final session.
Pulsed Dye Laser? What is that?
For about a week or so after treatment, skin can look swollen and bruised. It honestly isn’t as painful as it looks though. During the treatment it feels like an elastic band is striking the skin; not the best feeling, but also not the worst! Below is a photo of me before the treatment and about half hour after Pulsed Dye Laser.
I took a few days off work while the bruising and swelling calmed. During that time I didn’t wear any make up and I tried to eat lots of vitamin C rich foods. Why? Vitamin C boosts your immune system and encourages skin to heal faster. I also took arnica tablets which have traditionally been used as a natural remedy for reducing bruising and swelling.
You can see from the photos below how my skin healed itself over the course of 6 days. I kept my skincare routine to a minimum during this time, cleansing with a little rose and lavender water and moisturising with rosehip oil.
I actually went on holiday to Ibiza on the 6th day (call me crazy…) but I was very strict about keeping my face covered with a sunhat at all times and I wore a high SPF 50+ La Roche-Posay sunscreen everyday.
I can’t recommend La Roche-Posay enough, the Anthelios XL SPF 50+ stick (pictured above) in particular was a brilliant purchase, it really came in handy when I was out and about. Over the course of the following week my skin continued to heal and make up covered the last few traces of bruising:
Having Pulsed Dye Laser therapy on my cheeks has greatly reduced my rosacea flare ups and I don’t experience as many itchy and irritable ‘spots’ across my cheeks these days. There was a time where I used to have blotchy and inflamed skin on a daily basis. I feel confident and happier since having Pulsed Dye Laser and I hope the treatment will have a lasting effect on my rosacea.
Herbs and Herbs x