Just want to start off by saying wow!! this forum is incredible, the professionals are truly a wealth of knowledge.
I've got some concerns but i'll just start from the beginning. I'm an 18 yr old female, I've waxed my upper lip quite a few times, and tweezed for a while but started bleaching around 2 years ago when I found out (on this forum) that those hair removal methods only stimulate more hair growth.
So, I went to my first electrolysis trial session on July 15th 2018. The electrologist only had 4 years experience but was a BIAE member so I thought she would be competent as her website also seemed to showcase her comprehensive knowledge on the topic. During the trial she only zapped out a few hairs on the right side of my upper lip and 3 days later I developed a few pinpoint scabs, nothing noticeable at all, so i just put aloe vera and let them fall on their own.
I went back around 3 weeks later, where I had a 20 min session and she adjusted the setting so instead of one zap she used 2 quick zaps to kill the hair, I had no scabs after this session.
the next session i had was 2 weeks after the last and she had adjusted the setting back to only one zap, this time i had quite a lot of scabbing, almost over every place she had inserted the needle so i told her my concerns. She said next time she would lower the intensity a bit but would have to lengthen the time in order for the treatment to remain effective.
so the 4th time I went which was 9th August, all the scabs from the previous treatment had fallen off but i think there was still a slight bit of redness (perhaps the new skin under the scab??) Anyway, it was another 15min procedure, she said she lowered the intensity a bit, increased the time of the zap a bit and decreased the needle size. However, I still developed pin point scabs over most of the treated area.
around about 4 days after that last electrolysis appointment, i had to go somewhere so i wanted to put a bit of bb creme to conceal the scabs, however, i may have rubbed a bit hard and i noticed a tiny streak of blood which i think was from me accidentally rubbing a scab off, so i gently washed to creme off, dabbed a bit of aloe vera and left everything alone until all the rest of the scabs fell off.
Its now been two weeks since the appointment i had on 9th august and all the scabs have fallen, but now there are still patches of red/brown ( which is i think is PIH??) But when i look in the mirror under bright lightning it seems that the reddish spots are where she had made insertions and they look somewhat concave, a bit like orange peel skin, especially on the left side but not only concentrated to the area where i think i accidentally rubbed off one of the scabs. Im not sure if this is just hyper pigmentation and a trick of the eye making the colour contrast look like i have pitting. I'm not sure though, because i thought hyper pigmentation was supposed to be brown and not reddish? If its just hyper pigmentation, i won't be worried because I know that it will fade with time.
As of now, i've contacted my electrolysis saying i would like to take a break from treatments with her, but i've booked with another lady who has around 30 years of experience, is highly reputable (been recommended on this site) and is also a BIAE member for a consultation with her on September 13th.
Sorry for such a long post but i guess my main concern is whether I have anything to worry about and whether I have or will develop pitting? I'm pretty sure the scabs were a result of over treatment, and if im not mistaken pitting can also occur as a result of over treatment? I do have some photos, but they are of poor quality (taken on my phone) and none of the 'pitting' i seem to see in person can be picked up by it. I might post them later on.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by gobl1n (08/29/18 08:47 PM)