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#126069 - 03/22/18 08:02 AM Newbie journey
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Since reading these forums helped me so much in finding the ambition to start my treatment, I wanted to document it in case it helps someone else, and also get feedback from many of you experts along the way.

I am a light skinned mid-30s female who has used daily tweezing and occasional waxing on my upper lip and chin for many years. I remember a single dark hair appeared on my chin when I was 20 and I would tweeze it and it would be gone for months. Somehow over the past few years the number of chin hairs has rapidly increased. My upper lip use to be slightly darker hair but over the years they have increased in thickness and color. I would tweeze daily, sometimes getting a few and if I had skipped a day I’d get dozens.

I had considered laser in my early twenties and paid $50 for a consult, but didn’t want to grow out my facial hair and the price tag was $800. After reading these forums I’m glad I didn’t go through with it.

Over my last pregnancy I developed hyperpigmentation on my forehead, nose, upper lip, and chin. I thought it was just melasma, but when makeup wouldn’t cover my upper lip and I realized the dark spots matched where the hair grew, I started feeling anxious and depressed. I tried lightening creams, color correcting makeup, nothing worked. I saw on these forums users mentioning that stopping tweezing and having hair removed through electrolysis could heal skin. But I still couldn’t fathom going through life without tweezing and having all this hair growing on my face.

The final straw was running into a coworker I hadn’t seen for a while. She said “you have something right there” pointing to my upper lip. We were both humiliated, and my entire day was ruined and I just wanted to cry. For the first time in my life I felt hideous.

After looking at all the providers in my area, I ended up calling for a consultation to a clinic ten minutes from my home (my electrolysis is Actually listed on this site). I stopped tweezing that day and have not tweezed since.

At my consult I ended up getting a 30 min treatment. The pain was very mild and I was somewhat red and swollen. My electrogist wanted to do sessions every other week, but I was so upset of the idea of having two weeks growth that I started crying right there, so she agreed to treat me weekly for the first month.

By my second session a week later I had sparse coarse beardlike hairs in half dollar sized patches on each side of my chin, and more coarse hairs and dark thin hairs on my upper lip. I noticed sometimes my electrolysist has to zap the hairs more than once to get them to come out without tugging. She once again was able to clear the area. After this treatment I had some more intense swelling and pustules after treatment. After reading the forum I figured it was something I was doing and not my provider because the redness was minimal by bedtime the day of treatment, and the reaction seemed to be over the two days after treatment.

I just had my third weekly treatment yesterday. I had much less hair this time and none of the super coarse hairs, but enough that felt stubbly. She was able to clear the whole area in the 30 minutes. She told me she thought my hair was looking thinner already and she was thinking that with my growth cycle that we had seen and treated the coarsest Of my hair growth. I was a bit reluctant to believe that, but she has 30 years experience. I made sure not to touch my face at all following this session and only patted some witch hazel on the area with a cotton ball a couple times. This seemed to help minimize any further reaction from my skin. .

Next week is my last scheduled weekly session and I’m hoping we can move to longer twice per month sessions, just so I can save a bit of money. I love how I feel after my sessions (no five o’clock shadow) and I can’t wait to see if my hyperpigmentation starts to fade. Although sofar in this process I notice I feel down in the dumps and anxious the day before my treatment session when my hair is visible, and more like myself and hopeful after treatment.


Edited by MrsV (03/22/18 08:05 AM)

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#126070 - 03/22/18 11:36 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Heads up it takes a year or more to get rid of all the hairs, but hopefully you already know this. You might try shaving (I know it's awful, but still better than tweezing during electro treatments) if you end up having the urge while waiting too long between sessions.

Thanks for sharing!

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#126073 - 03/22/18 06:16 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Yes I know there’s no quick fix and I need to see it through the year at least. If my hyperpigmentation started fading it would be easier for me to tolerate the growth. If I get hung up on the real length of treatment it gets hard to stay mentally strong so I’m trying to take it one week at a time.

I’ve been counting around 75-80 hairs being removed per 30 minute session, that seems pretty slow right?

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#126080 - 03/23/18 03:44 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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How long is the actual zapping time? Instant or 10 seconds?
Does she use a microscope or magnifying glass?
How long does she take to look for the next hair after a zap?


Edited by zapmyface (03/23/18 03:45 AM)

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#126093 - 03/24/18 06:41 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Pustules and whiteheads generally develop when there is some kind of contaminant to the area, or if there is a metalurgical sensitivity to the nickel in electrolysis probes. All stainless steel contains nickel to some degree and most but not all electrolysis probes are made from stainless steel.If you react badly to cheap jewelry, then chances are you have a nickel allergy. Gold plated probes from ballet have no exposed nickel and their use is recommended when there is a nickel sensitivity. Other than that, keeping the area clean, no moisturizer no makeup no facial scrubs, no perfumed or dyed soaps, basically if it''s anything other than pure water it's best to keep it away from the treated area. This especially includes your fingers, which often have dirt and oils we dont even realize on our fingertips, so, if you touch your chin because it feels swollen, best use nitrile gloves. Otherwise you will wake up to a chin full of pustules.

The treatment, sounds perfect to be honest. HAving to re-zap a hair to get a clean release is not a sin at all in my book and isnt going to lead to overtreatment. Quite the opposite, if the hair does not die due to insufficient treatment more damage can be done.
Dont sweat hyperpigmentation, if you are prone to it it's likely you will have some throughout your treatment,. But the others are right that if you had that quantity of hair on your face as you describe, it will be a 12-18 month process. I know its hard on the pocketbook, but that is how long it takes to do the job.It will be a slowly dwindling time and money investment though.

Seana


Edited by Iluv2zap (03/24/18 06:56 PM)
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#126098 - 03/25/18 11:12 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Thank you Seana. She does seem slower than what I have read on other posts but she seems very thorough so it seems preferable. I actually do have reactions to cheap jewelry so I think you’ve got something there. My skin did so much better after this round of treatment: I did have a few pustules on my chin for one day, but I have figured out where the contamination is happening: holding small children!

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#126100 - 03/25/18 01:44 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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If you react to jewelry,then switching to a gold probe ( which means no synchro) will resolve the pustules likely completely.
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#126139 - 03/28/18 04:16 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Had session number four today and the redness was gone within hours this time. Another clearance of weekly growth complete. We booked two more thirty minute weekly sessions and then will skip a week because I plan to be away. I’m nervous about what my face will look like with two weeks growth. We decided to see how I do and possibly continue on a two week schedule or go back to weekly sessions.

I have been using a facial sunscreen with SPF 70 to try to keep my hyperpigmentation from getting darker, but I can’t apply it the day of treatment correct? It stinks having to hide inside. I feel like a regular baseball hat doesn’t provide enough coverage for my face.

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#126142 - 03/28/18 08:54 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Sounds like you have a plan, MrsV, with an experienced electrologist.

Pustules can also mean the energy level is too high. That happens to my clients especially in the beginning. Some of the hairs are really tough to shake loose. When I re-enter some follicles two or three times, so it slides out, this can cause pustules. Sometimes, a piece of the root sheath may linger behind and it becomes a foreign object, so the body responds with its invisible army to surround the object and gobble it up, thus the pustule formation. Whatever the cause, give your electrologist feedback. She may want to make some adjustments.

Keep pushing on.
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#126157 - 04/02/18 09:29 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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I think I have a lot of lingering sheaths...they are like little white flakes that pop out of the pores. It’s 48 hours until my next treatment and I still have some scabbing and redness. My chin only has a few new hairs this week but my upper lip has a ton of new growth. It’s making me feel like I’ll never see the end. Is it normal to start feeling self doubt in your ability to make it through treatment around this time? I know I can’t quit and I’m still so early in the treatment process, but man this is rough!

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#126158 - 04/02/18 11:44 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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We all have high expectations when we first start... It will literally take a year or more to get rid of your hairs! You'll get disgusting skin for weeks after every treatments, so if you get them 2 weeks apart, chances are it will constantly be that way... Until the treatments are finally over and you won't have any more hairs, look at the bigger picture (suffer for a year to never have to worry about hairs on your face ever again)!

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#126159 - 04/02/18 12:14 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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if that''s what they look like yes they are probably root sheaths. They are bits of gelatin like substance and they dry out quite quickly. The easiest way to be rid of them so they dont cause a pustule? Wash your face with a washcloth.Thats it! They come off easily with a simple wipe.
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#126160 - 04/02/18 05:17 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Originally Posted By MrsV
I think I have a lot of lingering sheaths...they are like little white flakes that pop out of the pores. It’s 48 hours until my next treatment and I still have some scabbing and redness. My chin only has a few new hairs this week but my upper lip has a ton of new growth. It’s making me feel like I’ll never see the end. Is it normal to start feeling self doubt in your ability to make it through treatment around this time? I know I can’t quit and I’m still so early in the treatment process, but man this is rough!


Hang tight, it will be rough for another couple of months. You WILL get there and see a reduction. I have people commenting on my chin and how it looks so much better than it used to.

I soaked my chin in epsom salt and warm water after treatments. It seemed to help me with the swelling, pain and the pustules.

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#126161 - 04/02/18 08:06 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Thank you everyone so much for your supportive words! I think I am having a harder time with the condition of my skin than having to have hair on my face at this point. It’s impossible to conceal with makeup. Is there any treatment strategy to help with this or is it simply a matter of sucking it up?

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#126163 - 04/02/18 11:33 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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The first 5 or 6 treatments/clearances can be the worst, then things can get better for you?

If a client keeps telling me they are upset about their skin reaction, I would try different strategies. If they are still unhappy, yes, they may have to suck it up or stop doing electrolysis. I can only do my best because I do care about the client's concern.

If they are freaking out about a few pustules or few pin point scabs after I try different ideas to minimize those skin side effects, I tell them that we should stop treatments. You see, I need to disable hair follicles and sometimes there is a trade off between having a few temporary skin side effects and thoroughly treating the hair follicle so it is permanently disabled.
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#126177 - 04/05/18 08:01 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Session #5 in was yesterday. My provider tells me things are progressing just as they should. She cleared everything with time left over so worked on the darker thin hairs I have under my bottom lip. It’s funny how hair that was never a problem before now stands out when you’re getting treatment. Lastnight and this morning the only redness I still have is leftover from my skin’s reaction from last week’s treatment.

Next week is #6, then we’re taking a week off, then #7, and I’m not sure if we’ll get one in #8 or not before my provider goes on vacation for two weeks. Hopefully we can manage a twice per month schedule because her office is moving and will be another 20 minutes further away, and I’d like to save a bit of money.

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#126182 - 04/06/18 07:31 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Yesterday evening I had a lot of rootsheaths coming out so I tried the washcloth trick. No pustules this morning but I have so many scabs now it looks like I was attacked. 😳 Luckily I have two more days to recover before I go to work. I guess I need to chose my battles with this.

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#126184 - 04/06/18 07:14 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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If it was gold probes that were used, they are uninsulated and can cause some more scabbing than insulated probes but the scabs should be insignificant. Wiping away root sheathes (and other contaminants in the process) resulting in no pustules= a win.

Seana
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#126185 - 04/06/18 10:41 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Originally Posted By MrsV
Yesterday evening I had a lot of rootsheaths coming out so I tried the washcloth trick. No pustules this morning but I have so many scabs now it looks like I was attacked. 😳 Luckily I have two more days to recover before I go to work. I guess I need to chose my battles with this.


Give her / him feedback about your healing. She may be able to make adjustments. Don't ever rub off or pick off the scabs. I like cold aloe right out of the refrigerator immediately after a treatment and I like when the client uses it at home for the first three days. It can lesson the appearance of scabs.
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http://www.electrolysis.co.uk/?page_id=16

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#126202 - 04/11/18 07:41 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Tomorrow is my weekly session and I have more dark thick hair growth this week than I have seen in the past couple weeks. Today I still went out to do things, ran into an aquaintance and pretended I was just fine but the whole time we talked I was screaming in my head “PLEASE DONT NOTICE MY GOATEE!” Make up can only do so much. 😑

It has been almost seven weeks since I have tweezed (and the last time I tweezed I only took two hairs). What are the chances these thick dark hairs have been previously treated vs are new growth?

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#126203 - 04/11/18 09:10 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Early on, weekly appointments may not be enough. You may have to do twice or even 3 times a week. Usually it's people who pluck who I have to do this for,but I've also had my fair share of folks who will do so, just to get the hair off their face and out of view. It doesnt matter whether we as electrologists think it's enough hair to worry about being seen, it's 100% clients own perception that matters. . When it causes that much anxiety for someone, well that's when I break out the 2 appointments per week and yes I had one lady doing 3 or 4 appointments a week for several months. She's one of my best clients,and it did wonders for her progress. Despite the frequent and lengthly treatments in the first 3 months, we have not exceeded 90 hours for a beard removal . Time spend treating the hair in the first cycle of hair gowth( 3-4 months) pays off in the end of the treatment. And of that, I have documented proof.That client that did 3-4 sessions a week is still a client, she comes in for 30 minutes averaging once a month.Shes at the end of treatment now.

Seana


Edited by Iluv2zap (04/11/18 09:12 PM)
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#126210 - 04/12/18 02:49 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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I can’t imagine going that often, as it is once per week feels like it consumes my life between growing it out and then aftercare/recovery.

I had session#6 today and have now completed three hours of treatment. I had two swollen cystic like spots on my chin when I woke up this morning. I talked with my provider about my skin issues, she said she was going to try to avoid multiple zaps if she could (however I did feel like she tweezed a couple hairs this time because of that.). She also suggested Epsom salts for the cystic like acne in areas that she has treated and alternating warm and cold compress.

This was the first session that was painful. I actually winced quite a few times and she was surprised as she said she was using the same setting as before. I expressed how I was feeling very down about the process and she said she is seeing some slight progress on my chin already, but she won’t be able to tell how things are progressing on my upper lip until after she sees what I’ve grown by session #7 in two weeks. I’ve read many comments on HairTell saying the first three to four months of treatment are the toughest and then you start seeing results. I was hoping to hear that I was halfway through the worst of it but she wouldn’t confirm that. I believe that indicates a quality provider, as I know she could have fed me some lines to make me feel better but sticks to being honest.

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#126212 - 04/13/18 04:19 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Well if you're still counting the hairs per session, has it been progressing? You also only had six 30 minutes sessions on your face, so you might not even be able to know since half (?) of your hairs were/are dormant.

Accept that your skin will look like crap during the entire process, that will last for a year or more! It sucks but IT'S THE NORM.

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#126228 - 04/13/18 10:09 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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no, actually looking like crap is not the norm for the majority of electrolysis clients.Over the course of electrolysis treatments , skin condition generally improves.It's not in any way a given that such a thing will occur. There are all kinds of techniques and equipment that leave almost no visible trace of treatment.

Seana


Edited by Iluv2zap (04/13/18 10:10 PM)
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#126232 - 04/14/18 03:50 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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I was talking about the temporary reactions after treatments, but I wanna know about these magical techniques and equipments lol. Honestly I can't think of anything except maybe a test patch (few hairs) or a hair every 2cm, but I'd love to be surprised!

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#126233 - 04/14/18 06:12 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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I can attest to what Seana says about no visible trace of treatment. 17 year old daughter has been receiving treatment from a wonderful electrolygist Ghitta in Melbourne and after six months her face is looking beautiful. She can have treatment in the morning and be able to go out to a party that night with no sign, the redness disappears in a couple of hours. Body is a bit different, she usually has red dots on her belly for a couple of weeks but these clear up too. The machine used is the Apilus platinum.

Electrolysis is amazing, stick with it it's worth it. We still have a ways to go especially because my daughter keeps adding areas, it's addictive too when you see results.

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#126234 - 04/14/18 07:42 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Pushing the narrative of ''no visible reaction'' is probably why people come here freaking out over a slight redness or pimple, just saying.

I've been a client for over 2 years with different electrologists and I can safely say that the reactions are pretty much the same for different areas or methods used to a certain degree. Redness/inflammation/scabs/pimples have always happened and stayed present for at the very least a week. The only times I could barely see a reaction are for test patches or sparse hairs treated every 2cm or so.

This is a normal reaction for me: https://imgur.com/a/yWTIs (I've had better and worse)

Do I have a special skin type? Is there such a thing?

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#126235 - 04/14/18 09:27 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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I would say my skin reaction has been improving. I think it is silly of me to believe that getting a needle inserted into my pores and zapped with a current wouldn’t cause a reaction....but as time as gone on I’m starting to have fewer hours of redness, fewer pustules, etc. I have done a lot of reading of any article and forum I can find and the general consensus of the Internet seems to be that there should be little to no reaction, but I’m not that lucky. At the same time I’ve invested some time and money and am still not sure if I’ve made the right choice to do this. There’s a lot more time and money to go. It seems hard to believe this will help clear my hyperpigmentation.

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#126237 - 04/14/18 01:13 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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zap, your experience with your course beard hair is not typical of the majority of electrolysis clients. sweeping generalizations such as youve made are the reason people get anxious about electrolysis and they arent accurate. i do weekly sessions on dozens of clients none of whom experience anything like what youve descibed. skin reactions can of course occur but to say that every client will experience your type of reaction is just blatently false and a dis-service to all who read and believe them.
as for equipment there are too many to mention all but heres a few; insulated probes, spacing your work or thinning, careful calibration of energy levels, hyperaccurate insertions, and even jut places that dont have the same hair density.

you have to do a lot more studying before youll know this stuff


Edited by Iluv2zap (04/14/18 01:25 PM)
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#126239 - 04/14/18 04:29 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: Iluv2zap]
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I don't think I'm doing anyone a disservice by warning people about temporary skin reactions.

I've had electro done on body parts too, tried insulated probes, tried a range of very high energy vs low, thinning vs full clear, and yet I've seen about the same types of reactions on everything. Some were worse than others (redness and bumps that last for a few weeks vs pinkish skin that only lasts a few days), but inflammation/redness was always present.

Again, if I have a special type of skin I'll gladly withdraw my statements, but I'm pretty sure I'm not special, hence have normal reactions...

And I don't know about you but I'd much rather be anxious about temporary skin reactions than expect perfect skin after a treatment and freak out when I don't!

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#126256 - 04/16/18 08:10 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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So today would typically be the first day of stubble, but since no session this week I am not under a trimming and growth schedule until next week.. The good news is I haven’t had any coarse hairs to trim sofar. I know they’re somewhere in there but they aren’t poking out today so I will be happy for a moment 🙃 Also my skin actually looks good for a moment too (other than the bad hyperpigmentation).

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#126395 - 04/25/18 02:19 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Treatment #7 today. She booked me for 45 minutes but only needed 30 to give me clearance. I felt that I had a lot of coarse regrowth after two weeks but she said it was very sparse and is showing progress; she felt sticking go the every other week schedule will work well for me, otherwise I will be having weekly 15 minute sessions and they cost almost as much as the 30 minutes. Honestly it was so nice to have a week off—I felt that my skin had a chance to heal and it gave me the opportunity to use some stronger products in my skincare routine. We booked four more sessions through the end of June. That will put me at four months and 5.5 hours of treatment. We will see where we are and perhaps cut down in frequency after that for the summer.

It’s only been a few hours since my session and the redness has gone down quite a bit already. I am amazed how much my skin has adjusted to things since the beginning. I did see a lot of root sheaths though, so I’ll need to deal with those ASAP.

I have been talking to my sister quite a lot through this process, and although she has less of a problem than I do, she is ready to give it a go soon!


Edited by MrsV (04/25/18 02:19 PM)

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#126404 - 04/27/18 07:34 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Tons of scabbing and a few pustules two days after treatment. Slight swelling still around the corners of my mouth. This last session was mostly coarse hair treatment so I shouldn't be so surprised thaty skin looks like this. After a couple months doing this I’ve accepted this is how it will go—I’ll slap on a ton of makeup and keep living life.

I was looking over my calendar and I actually am having one more weekly session before officially starting every other week because my provider is going on vacation for two weeks and it seemed better to be cleared while I can.

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#126452 - 05/01/18 07:44 AM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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The notorious Day before treatment. My skin has mostly healed but my pigmentation is brutally dark this week. My provider suggested I wouldn’t need a full 30 min treatment this week, and now I’m starting to believe it: there’s no new coarse growth but lots of the dark thin hairs. I have noticed some growth is almost clear and looks brittle, so I’m wondering if those are some previously treated hairs. Either way, going into my third month of treatment I am believing electrolysis works slowly but surely.

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#126725 - 05/21/18 10:54 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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I had little growth for session #8. My electrologist told me to prepare for a lot of regrowth at this next phase. I had about five or six days of only a couple hairs sprouting and then a sudden hair explosion. I probably had more than my first session. I had my longest time between #8 and #9 (20 days) and ended up having to see a different provider (long story). This electologist had a different machine and I could feel the ZAP each time. She went over my 30 minutes but cleared most of the growth, so a similar speed. She is much closer to where I live so I told her I would decinetly be open to seeing her for sessions again when my normal electrologist is unavailable.

I will be curious to see if my healing is any different. I anticipate it to be worse since the zapping felt more intense, but we’ll see. I felt like she might have been rushing in the end and did a bit more plucking than zapping.

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#127052 - 06/18/18 08:49 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Following up after sessions #10 and #11, so far I have had 5.5 hours total. My skin seems to be getting use to the trauma of treatment and swelling and redness only lasts a few hours. Pustules happen but have been fewer— the most problematic ones come from thick hairs.. It seems we have worked out way through another growth cycle and there are fewer and fewer which is nice, it’s just gross knowing there is another burst of growth lurking around the corner.

I have been religious with my sunscreen application and hat wearing, but also have a referral in to see a dermatologist for my hyperpigmentation/melasma. I have read so many posts about PIH and I am trying to believe it will fade with time, it is just hard to sit in all the ugliness of hair growth and the pigmentation mustache.

Today I had an event to attend eight hours after my session and had concealer on for roughly an hour. I hope I don’t wake up to a horrible reaction in the morning.

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#127202 - 07/11/18 02:14 PM Re: Newbie journey [Re: MrsV]
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Following up from my last treatment, I had no ill effects from the short time I wore makeup, but it isn’t something I plan on doing regularly as I know how risky it is.

Two days ago I had my 12th session, making it six hours of treatment. It had been three weeks since my previous session. I had a few dark course hairs on my upper lip and dozens on my chin. My electrolygist was feeling good about my progress, so she wanted to go another three weeks between sessions. After my next session I will be in my six month of treatment so I am hoping I will have reached that magical turning point. I am very happy with how well my skin has been doing post treatment—the redness and swelling has been subsiding quickly and I do very little other than a few swabs of witch hazel.

Tomorrow I have my appointment with a dermatologist about my hyperpigmentation. My electrologist is very supportive of this.

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