Hello - First, this is a great forum and I’m very glad I’ve found it. I have a few questions and would also like to share my story as well.
I am middle eastern, 28 years old, it looks like type 4 skin (need someone to confirm by checking my photos). I have thick black coarse hair and have very bad skin with black heads and deep ingrown hairs because of shaving/waxing. I am very paranoid about it and it does affect my social life sometimes, I do dislike being hairy that’s for sure!
Over two years ago I prepaid 5 treatments after lurking here and discovering that a diode laser would be best for my skin, but unfortunately I do not. I found a clinic that has the Lumenus Lightsheer Laser and the tech/owner seemed to be knowledgeable. The areas I paid for were front/back neck , full arms and shoulders.
I have completed all these treatments finally over two years later. I never followed any time period and would go randomly for example after a few months or 6-8 weeks (wasn’t very serious at the time). I do regret this but I can’t change this now and I’m not sure if this would negatively affect my results. As currently I do not have good results around my neck area but on my arms I do see a difference. Mind you, I do have very course hair and probably need more sessions.
Looking ahead, I have started consultations with new places as I was not very satisfied with my results and it seems like after you prepay they don’t even give a crap about if and when you come.
Anyways, I found a well experienced spa but the issue is that they use an alexandrite laser and one thing that kind of turned me off though was the lady asked me what I do for a living and then she said “oh so money is not an issue” then proceeded to tell me I should come back every 4 weeks and “as soon as they come out you need to zap them”. But after reading here it is probably ideal to go back 6-8 weeks although this is not written in stone. So she did come off a bit money hungryish but she did no her stuff and not to mention this place is much more expensive then the old place, they have set it up as an upscale spa etc. But I can talk to her about the length in between treatments and I don’t care about the price. I am also happy to find out that the alexandrite laser is more powerful than the diode, so this is another bonus.
By me not following a routine and attending random sessions impede my results compared to coming every 6-8 weeks for example? Can it?
From looking at my photos you can see how course my hair is by the stubble as I shaved, after looking at my skin tone do you recommend the Alexandrite laser?
If yes, what is the recommended setting for the Alexandrite Laser for my own knowledge?
Is waiting between 6-8 weeks ideal compared to her claim of 4 weeks?
What acne body wash do you recommend?
Edit: so it turns out that I have 1 more treatment left for the neck so I might as well try to get the most out of it, with that being said what are the ideal settings for my skin type? So I can make sure I communicate that to her.
Thanks for listening!