I've been having electrolysis on my face: is there anything I can do to make the temporary red marks that occur after electrolysis fade quicker? I see that people have mentioned rose-hip oil; does this really work, and is there anything else I can do?
I'm a trans woman (mid 30s, red hair and pale skin). I've been having electrolysis for the past year or so at the current place I'm going to (I went to another electrologist for about 3 years prior to that but the results were very poor so I moved on).
The machine my electrologist uses is an Apilus with a picture that looks kind of like a feather or a leaf on it (a Senior?). The modality she's using is flash. For each insertion the machine clicks 3 times (and I feel the 3 separate pulses), and it's much quicker than the blend method that my previous electrologist was using. For aftercare she puts on tea-tree oil and aloe vera, but I don't really put anything on it after that at home.
I'm very happy with the results. I've been going weekly to my current place for a year, and she's almost totally cleared my cheeks (haven't touched them for 2 months and there is very little regrowth). It takes 10-15 minutes to clear my chin each week and most of the hair left on my top lip is directly below my nose. We're now moving onto my neck and the underside of my chin.
However, the red blotches left by the electrolysis are starting to get me down a bit. Because I go every week the redness doesn't really fade between sessions, and because it's all on my chin and top lip it's kind of like a blotchy red goatee and moustache - like I've swapped a dark beard shadow for a red one. There are no scabs/scars/raised dots, very few spots and the red marks that used to be on my cheeks have faded so I know the redness will go over time, but it's frustrating to have a beard outline all the time.
At one point in my transition I didn't care too much about it because my overall appearance/voice/whole presentation was bad so stressing about any particular thing was pointless and overwhelming. However, I'm starting to get things together presentation-wise so it's becoming more important to me.
Is there anything that I should be doing to reduce the redness (or reduce the amount of time that it's red for)?