I bought a used instantron elite several months ago. My boyfriend and I have been practising with it cautiously and rereading the textbooks and workbooks.
The system works great for him. He experienced a very brief swelling and then healed up very well.
I'm not having the same experience. I'm working slowly on one of my legs, and have discovered that while I have a very high pain threshold, my skin is apparently very sensitive. I've tried multiple blend combinations and different intensities within the recommended range, but the results are the same. My pores are red and lightly scabbing red.
In my daily life, I don't ever expose my skin to direct sunlight and am very very pale. When I do get exposed to sun, my skin burns and blisters within three hours of direct exposure. After a bruise heals, the skin remains a darker brown. I haven't had more than five sunburns in my life. When I'm outside, I wear sunscreen, long sleeves, a wide brimmed hat and a parasol. I don't believe I have any genetic impairment or condition. My skin is just hypersensitive. (By blood, I am Irish/Norwegian/German/North Italian.)
My machine is a blend and works very well worth good ranges and great consistency.
When I first started experimenting, I did not use an insulated needle. My skin was not happy, so I switched to an insulated F3 needle to match the size of my pores. This helped tremendously, but my skin is still scabbing. I am having a great deal of trouble finding a blend that is effective and does the least amount of damage.
My skin is very soft, not oily, not dry, and not prone to sweating. It heals nicely but slowly without scarring. I have very good circulation, don't smoke, and am not a diabetic.
I have time on my side and am not in a hurry. I hope to study electrology professionally and get certified, but that's a few years off and will require a move to an area with a school that offers it.
The pores are red and there is some light scabbing. There is no indication that pitting or scarring will result after watching over a month of healing. But I itch! I'm scratching the treated area in my sleep, and that's causing more damage than the electrolysis.
I've been looking at thinning as opposed to clearing. I'm using aloe and tea tea gel for healing. Should I stop using RF and stick with galvanic?
Is there a rule of thumb with sensitive skin?
Is there a good resource online or a good book that discusses how to work with sensitive skin?