Active Fx vs IPL photofacial
Some background info:
I am 38 years old and 2 days ago I had my 2nd round of IPL Photofacial . I want to reduce the size of my pores, reduce facial redness and improve my skin texture on my inner cheeks (it's coarse). My dermatologist said I have mild sun damage and that I should see improvement from 3 Photofacials. I also have mild acne and will have 3 silk peels right before the Photofacial each time. My aesthetician recomended that I use retinol regularly to help reduce the coarseness and pores on my face too.
I haven't seen improvement in my pores and skin texture yet and I have a few minor scabs on my face from the Photofacial and laser where the dr removed some broken capillaries 2 days ago. My face still looks a little red too. So to me, my skin looks even more rough right now!
I have 3 questions:
1) How effective is the Photofacial for reducing pore size and smoothing mild coarse skin?
2) What kind of results in general should I expect from 3 treatments?
3) And will the retinol help smooth coarse skin? How long does it take to see results with retinol?
I really want to repair the sun damage that I have and do my best to prevent any further damage in the future so I have been wearing a facial sunblock (Minus Sol 30+ SPF) for 3 years now and I recently started putting sunblock on my neck, chest, arms and hands.
One final question:
4) If I wear sunblock regularly now at age 38 and once or twice a year I get a followup Photofacial, will any of the damage I already caused come back or new damage still appear? I want to make sure that my skin doesn't get worse than it already is!
Thank you so much for your feedback.
photofacial works well to reduce brown pigment and redness.
i do not think that photofacial will impact your pores or change the texture of your skin, even in 5 sessions.
changing the texture of your skin is very difficult. retin-a is an excellent idea - i think that an anti oxidant like prevage is also good.
the thing is that it will take a while.
i use active fx laser to shrink pores and refine skin instead of photofacial. it works well, but there is about a week of downtime after the procedure.
wearing sunblock regularly will help.