I should start by saying that I’ve had electrolysis for years, and up until now never noticed any problems. However, since starting female hormones, I’ve noticed that the areas I had heavy electrolysis in (namely, the upper lip and chin) don’t look so healthy. I wouldn’t say I have bad pitting or scarring, but the areas do look rough, coarse, and a little bumpy. It almost looks as though I had bad skin due to years of sun exposure (I never go in the sun) or had suffered some kind of burn that left a thin layer of scar tissue. Close inspection of the upper lip, especially, reveals obvious skin damage.
My question is, what do I do now? I don’t look awful by any means, and most people probably wouldn’t notice anything (I get lots of nice things said about my skin, actually.) However, I think the bad texture looks masculine, and my face doesn’t feel as smooth as I’d like. Would conservative treatmens (Retin A, glycolic acid, etc) help, or should I go right away for the full strength chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing? I guess I should ask my dermatologist, but I wanted to see if anyone else on here had had this problem, and what they did about it. I am still VERY pleased with my electrolysis, by the way, and don’t blame my electrologist for what has happened. I don’t see how one can have that amount of hair removed, and not end up with at least a small amount of skin changes.