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#99859 - 07/01/12 06:03 AM Pepper Spots
Brenton Offline
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These things are really embarrassing (especially as a guy), but you all know that.

The question is, I know people say that they will work their way out "eventually" or they will get "burned off" at the next treatment. The thing is, this is my 4th treatment, and I don't want all the hair gone on my legs, so I was most likely going to stop after this treatment. The question is then, what do I do with these pepper spots? I've been using a rosemary mint sea salt scrub (by Sunshine Spa) about 2-3 times per week.

My thighs look horrid. I've been treated with a Gentlelase 18mm/16J, so it's powerful enough to kill hair (I've seen a major reduction)... but even 13 weeks after the third treatment, there were a bunch of pepper spots. This is really depressing me frown. I keep wearing jeans, but it's summer and super hot. They're also on my arm and my friend pointed out how it looks like I burned all the hair on my arm.


Edited by Brenton (07/01/12 06:03 AM)

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#99860 - 07/01/12 06:46 AM Re: Pepper Spots [Re: Brenton]
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Can you please post a photo of them?

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#99863 - 07/01/12 07:47 AM Re: Pepper Spots [Re: ekade]
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Tretinoin 0.025% for a week or 2 should help. Or get an urea cream- 20%. Mild glycolic acid peels (30-40%) can also help with these.

If you can't get any of these without a prescription, try salicylic acid 1-2% CREAM. Not face wash. You can even do some salicylic peels at home using this...

http://www.kaviskin.com/products/salicylic-acid-8.html

Tretinoin and salicylic acid may cause your skin to become dry. So moisturize in the morning and use them at night.

Tretinoin, SA, GA may make your skin more prone to sun burn. So if you decide to go out in the sun in shorts, wear a sunscreen.

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#99865 - 07/01/12 09:46 AM Re: Pepper Spots [Re: mumbaigirl]
Brenton Offline
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Here are pics of the leg:

http://tinypic.com/r/123mfj9/6
http://tinypic.com/r/15e8s3s/6
http://tinypic.com/r/2iv0m1c/6

And arm:

http://tinypic.com/r/2yux3lx/6

Sorry the quality isn't great. I generally stay inside most of the day anyways lol. I think I MIGHT be able to buy this online apparently:

http://www.amazon.com/Obagi-Tretinoin-Cream-0-025-20gr/dp/B004VUC9IG

How much do I rub onto me? Just a thin coating an leaving it there? I pray this works. I feel so embarrassed. I know it's only been almost-2 weeks since my treatment, but I can tell what are going to be pepper spots


Edited by Brenton (07/01/12 10:01 AM)

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#99866 - 07/01/12 01:03 PM Re: Pepper Spots [Re: Brenton]
mumbaigirl Offline
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I couldn't see any pepper spots

Yeah a THIN coating. Start with 1/2 hour. If there's no irritation for 3 days, leave it on for 1 hour ..again for 3-4 days. If still there's no irritation, let it say overnight.

DO moisturize in the morning.

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#99867 - 07/01/12 01:55 PM Re: Pepper Spots [Re: mumbaigirl]
mumbaigirl Offline
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Oh don't use it a week before and after laser. My dermatologist says one needs to discontinue it only 2 days before and after laser.

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#99877 - 07/01/12 06:39 PM Re: Pepper Spots [Re: mumbaigirl]
Brenton Offline
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I'll look into getting some. Apparently it's supposed to be a prescription-only cream (I think it goes by Retin-A in the US), so I'm wondering about getting it off amazon.

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#99878 - 07/01/12 10:29 PM Re: Pepper Spots [Re: Brenton]
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It doesn't look like you have major pepper spots. Retinoid cream won't be a quick fix either, it's designed to work slow over course of weeks. Won't it be cheaper and faster solution to just go back for a touch up than ordering Retin A, which will make your legs peel like crazy? Eventually, all pepper spots go away on their own with time.

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#99882 - 07/02/12 01:20 AM Re: Pepper Spots [Re: anotherdude]
Brenton Offline
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It might not look major because the camera (aka cell phone) quality wasn't great. Here's a little higher quality one of my arm:

http://tinypic.com/r/6t1zx5/6

The thing is, I don't really want a touchup on my legs. The third laser treatment ended up knocking out a lot more hair than I expected it to. The arms I plan on doing again (although I'll see how much regrows before I decide to). The thighs I definitely will. The lower legs I most likely won't. I just hate having this look that says "Yea, I shaved my arms and legs." I don't really remember having pepper spots on my face which was nice, but the arms are more embarrassing, as are the legs.

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#99895 - 07/02/12 10:21 AM Re: Pepper Spots [Re: Brenton]
mumbaigirl Offline
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Oh now I could see the pepper spots. I can understand why you are troubled. My sympathies!

If you're worried about dryness and peeling, you can try urea-20%. It won't dry out your skin. In fact, it will moisturize! And I think ..it is not a prescription cream in US. Please check.

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