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#101160 - 09/16/12 07:10 AM Whiteheads after Electrolysis
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Is there a better way to prevent whiteheads forming after electrolysis? I've been developing a lot of them on my chin after my electrolysis session. I avoid touching the treated areas with my hands (except for when I'm applying tea tree oil to the treated areas), and I use TTO several times a day for 3 days post-treatment. Whiteheads still appear (it's been 2 weeks since I was last treated and there's still white heads that keep popping up). I've been using stuff my dermatologist gave me (clindamycin phosphate) for breakouts but I use that stuff after 3 days of TTO. Is there any other way to prevent whiteheads from breaking out after electrolysis? They only seem to show up in areas I have treated.

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#101161 - 09/16/12 01:24 PM Re: Whiteheads after Electrolysis [Re: Brenton]
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Hi Brenton. Firstly, did you discuss this with your electrologist? What did she/he say?

A whitehead looks like a tiny grain of sand that is actually dried oil trapped under the skin. Is this what you are seeing?

Do you have oily skin? It could be, since the sebaceous glands are connected to the hair follicle, those glands might be stimulated during or shortly after your treatment. Are you physically active following a treatment - sweat a lot? Sometimes the treated area is irritated by the sweat and you might see pustules.

Since products are not working for you, we can try to troubleshoot so that the "whiteheads" as you refer to them, are prevented.

Can you provide a photo?
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#101162 - 09/16/12 03:45 PM Re: Whiteheads after Electrolysis [Re: Arlene R. Batz, CPE]
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Use clindamycin everyday and not just 3 days later. I like to think it's much more antibacterial than TTO can be. Also try adding panoxyl wash to your regimen if you skin can tolerate it.

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#101164 - 09/16/12 04:32 PM Re: Whiteheads after Electrolysis [Re: zaphairzap]
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This is what it looks like (2 weeks after treatment). It's gone down a bit since I've been using the clindamycin for a couple days now. At least I assumed this is a whitehead:

http://tinypic.com/r/z68p4/6


I haven't had an opportunity to discuss this with her because she's a good 2 hours away, but I also experienced this with another electrologist so I just kind of assumed it was normal. These ones are more noticeable (because they are on my chin vs. my neck the other electrologist did), so I wanted to see if this was really common for everyone else or if I'm doing something wrong. I'm going back in tomorrow actually, so I can also talk to her about it.

Normally my skin isn't oily. It has been very hot here (So. Cal in summer time -- it was 102F here yesterday), but the only physical activity I do is walking from place to place on my university's campus, though it's a big campus.

I wasn't sure if clindamycin would be too rough on my skin right after electrolysis treatment. My skin can normally tolerate pretty harsh things though so maybe I'll try that next time.

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#101165 - 09/16/12 05:01 PM Re: Whiteheads after Electrolysis [Re: Brenton]
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Those are pustules.
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#101166 - 09/16/12 05:41 PM Re: Whiteheads after Electrolysis [Re: Arlene R. Batz, CPE]
Brenton Offline
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Oh interesting... never heard of that term before. Is that normal? I don't remember reading much about them on this forum before. I'll keep applying the clidamycin as it seems to be helping.

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#101169 - 09/16/12 06:18 PM Re: Whiteheads after Electrolysis [Re: Brenton]
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Pustules happen sometimes, but they usually clear up when one takes a warm shower. Do show your electrologist your reaction.

If you were using the tea tree oil more than once a day, then you were overdoing it with the TTO. If you use the TTO at bedtime only for three nights, with the purest aloe vera gel over top of that, I don't think you would have such a prolonged episode with redness and pustules. The TTO should be used SPARENLY. Red, angry skin is the result of using TTO incorrectly. To boot, you started using clindamycin. Perhaps you made the skin reaction worse than it needed to be had you followed a different course? The skin doesn't need a lot of medicants after electrolysis. For most, a mild soap and water is sufficient. For others, it is helpful to go a little further with TTO and aloe. Your electrologist may have other ideas and that is why you should let her know. She may choose to change her strategy for you, which is another reason to inform her. This reaction is not want we normally like to see, so it would be worth figuring out the best way to minimize further reactions.
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#101170 - 09/16/12 06:41 PM Re: Whiteheads after Electrolysis [Re: ]
Arlene R. Batz, CPE Offline

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Hi Brenton. I suggest you try something that might help prevent them in the first place however I am going to presume that the area is being prepped and cleaned properly and that you are not touching the area.

Immediately after electrolysis, apply a warm compress to the area.
Do not apply anything cold or cooling.
This is not a general suggestion; this is just a suggestion for tissue that
reacts like yours.

Let me know if this prevents the pustules from developing. Also, what is the electrolysis prep. and aftercare? Would you know what is currently being used on your skin while at your appointment?
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#101171 - 09/16/12 06:43 PM Re: Whiteheads after Electrolysis [Re: ]
Brenton Offline
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I'll talk to her about this. She told me I should use TTO (or witch hazel? I forget which, but the stuff I have is what a different electrologist gave me -- a mix of water, aloe, TTO, witch hazel, and a couple other things), and she told me I should use that stuff 3-4 times a day for 3 days. I didn't start using clindamycin until after those 3 days and I only put it on the pustules as a spot treatment. She told me not to wash the treated area for the first 24 hours after treatment.

It just seems like this area has stayed red longer than any other area I have had treated. She did tell me that the reactions will be less and less as we go (she said the first time on the chin is the worse because of how much hair there is). I'll definitely talk to her and show her

Arlene: For a warm compress, would a paper towel soaked with warm water work? I believe for the prep she rubbed witch hazel over the areas to be treated, and then she worked on me while wearing gloves. For the after care, she told me that witch hazel or tea tree oil 3-4 times per day for 3 days is good.


Edited by Brenton (09/16/12 06:46 PM)

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#101172 - 09/16/12 06:51 PM Re: Whiteheads after Electrolysis [Re: Brenton]
Arlene R. Batz, CPE Offline

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I am a little confused.
The TTO you were using was diluted?
Well it is not working so, get your own 100% pure TTO manufactured in Australia. Make sure it is packaged in an amber colored glass bottle and also buy a bottle of medicated Thayers witch hazel.

Regarding the warm compress: Paper towel is okay but you want several paper towels to hold the heat for a few minutes.

Prep. is usually something that sanitizes the area better than witch hazel. Therefore, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide is often used.
Witch hazel is often the chosen aftercare.
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