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#124729 - 09/22/17 09:47 PM My Skin Years After Last Session
dj355 Offline
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Hi

I underwent electrolysis from Spring 2013 to January 2015, and suffered from severe redness and hyperpigmentation throughout the process. After the last session, I decided to give it some time to heal, because I had heard that within 18 months or so, my skin would return to its normal pigment. I should preface by saying that I believe my reaction was not normal throughout the process. Rather than small red spots on my skin after each session like most people, my skin was dark red/brown all the way across in the entire general area.

Pictures of my skin currently: The degree of darkness looks very different depending on the lighting






After waiting and seeing my skin still look like hell, I decided to look into some solutions only this summer. I tried 4% hydroquinone for about 6 weeks over summer (using sunscreen during the day) and saw no improvement. Also, my skin was bright red and HOT whenever the cream was on my skin.

If hydroquinone wasn't working for me, is there anything else that could? Did I wait too long to address the issue? Is my skin damaged beyond repair?

If you have any solutions, please please share! Thanks.


Edited by dj355 (09/22/17 10:24 PM)

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#124731 - 09/23/17 10:22 AM Re: My Skin Years After Last Session [Re: dj355]
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hyperpigmentation is part of the healing process itself, and therefore there is nothingyou can really put on the skin to "help it along" . You are best leaving it alone. Letting it fade before you resume electrolysis however is silly, because it will just happen again. I'd look at how the electrologist is working though if you are getting that kind of reaction. Inquire as to what they are using for settings, and whether an insulated needle is being used. It's very possible the excess skin reaction is due to overtreatment or High Frequency short to the epidermis. Try out another electrologist if you can to see if a different technique makes it reduce or become more tolerable.
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#124732 - 09/23/17 12:42 PM Re: My Skin Years After Last Session [Re: dj355]
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The pictures aren't loading so I cannot see them. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation CAN sometimes be permanent but is treatable. I would see the same doctor who prescribed the hydroquinone and ask about trying Tri-Luma, which combines hydroquinone with Retin-A and an anti-inflammatory drug to treat pigment problems with less irritation. You might also consider glycolic acid peels but use caution and only go to a trained professional as in the wrong hands they can actually make pigment issues worse. Use sun protection daily, and NEVER let anybody near you with a laser or IPL.

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#124735 - 09/23/17 02:41 PM Re: My Skin Years After Last Session [Re: Iluv2zap]
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I've actually stopped using electrolysis and don't plan to do it anymore. Besides, almost all of the hair is gone at this point, so it's pointless at this point. Those are all good ideas, unfortunately I lived in a small town, so I didn't have much choice with who I went with

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#124736 - 09/23/17 02:48 PM Re: My Skin Years After Last Session [Re: WeRNotAfraid]
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WeRNotAfraid, I was doing some research and glycolic acid peels came up as well. Is there a good chance it would work, even though hydroquinone didn't? I understand the scientific process is a bit different: while hydroquinone inhibits production of melanin, glycolic acid peels remove the top layer of skin (to hopefully the type of skin pre-electrolysis?)


Edited by dj355 (09/23/17 03:25 PM)

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#124737 - 09/23/17 03:23 PM Re: My Skin Years After Last Session [Re: dj355]
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I tried reuploading the images. I think it should work now

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#124739 - 09/24/17 04:22 PM Re: My Skin Years After Last Session [Re: dj355]
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In what general location did you have electrolysis? I've seen some pretty aggressive video's of electrolysis being performed in different countries that made me cringe with fear for the skin.

With electrolysis or laser, hyperpigmentation can be a temporary side effect, but always fades. Interfering with the healing process, by using all kinds of remedies not called for, may not be helpful and may actually make things worse. Sun exposure can be another culprit. I don't know enough about your "particulars" to understand why there is prolonged darkening there. Your next step is to follow doctor's advice on cosmetic options because you waited a long time to heal and it isn't working.

Do you have any BEFORE pictures?
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#124740 - 09/24/17 04:51 PM Re: My Skin Years After Last Session [Re: dfahey]
dj355 Offline
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Originally Posted By dfahey
In what general location did you have electrolysis? I've seen some pretty aggressive video's of electrolysis being performed in different countries that made me cringe with fear for the skin.

With electrolysis or laser, hyperpigmentation can be a temporary side effect, but always fades. Interfering with the healing process, by using all kinds of remedies not called for, may not be helpful and may actually make things worse. Sun exposure can be another culprit. I don't know enough about your "particulars" to understand why there is prolonged darkening there. Your next step is to follow doctor's advice on cosmetic options because you waited a long time to heal and it isn't working.

Do you have any BEFORE pictures?


I had electrolysis done while going to school in a small midwest town, where there weren't many options. I managed to stay out of the sun throughout the treatment process but I may have prematurely started going back out in the sun, after my last session. I waited about 6-8 weeks before I started being exposed to the sun again. In hindsight, I guess this wasn't long enough.

I don't have any pictures pre-electrolysis unfortunately, I will look around if I do.

I spoke with a dermatologist, and he suggested glycolic acid peels and microdermabrasion, though he didn't seem optimistic since according to him, the skin has already healed by now, so I'm lacking in optimism as well.

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#124744 - 09/24/17 09:06 PM Re: My Skin Years After Last Session [Re: dj355]
Iluv2zap Offline
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Mystery solved! In talking with DJ355, it appears he has been plucking the area post electrolysis ( I thought those lines looked awful tidy) .

For the benfit of anyone who does not know, hyperpigmentation always resolves within 18 months, because that is when the skin has completed it's healing process ( usually before that). However, if you continue to cause more hyperpigmentation then it will take just as long to diminish. Plucking, waxing, threading laser, and electrolysis ALL cause hyperpigmentation and so unless you cease all of these things new hyperpigmentation can still develop. Amoung those particularly prone to hyperpigmentation are olive complexioned people, such as you might find in greece, the middle east, and neibouring areas such as pakistan.

Hope this information helps a few people currently posting smile

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#124745 - 09/24/17 10:02 PM Re: My Skin Years After Last Session [Re: dj355]
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I had one client, a young white woman who developed hyperpigmentation after using an over the counter medication on a cold sore in the lower corner of her mouth. Months later, she had hyperpig and went to a dermatologist, who ordered a prescription. I don't know what it was, but it didn't help. I saw her last week for a touch up on her chin and the hyperpig is still there after a little over two years. It is not as bad, but it is still there.

Seana made some good points. All I can say is 99.9% of hyperpig resolves on its own in 3 weeks??? to 18 months??? I scraped my ankle in the summer of 2016 getting off my exercise bike. The pedal hit my ankle as it was still moving and I had a 3 inch cut. I still exhibit signs of the skin healing - a brown line that is much better than it was 6 months ago, but it is still there.
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British Institute & Association of Electrolysis

http://www.electrolysis.co.uk/?page_id=16

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