Every once in a while, I have an eczema eruption on my hands. I can usually treat it by paring back my beauty products to the tried and trusted for a few days and dabbing on some Exederm
. The eczema flare up that started about ten days ago refused to respond. Every couple of days it would abate and then come back worse than ever. By the weekend, I was in despair until I had one of those random thoughts: Baby Quasar
The Baby Quasar is an at-home LED device that is mostly used for improving skin texture and encouraging collagen production. Lately, it has been doing a great job on my labial nasal lines
. LED machines, at least the salon versions, are also very good at clearing acne and rebuilding acne scars. I was really putting two and two together to make five by thinking that Baby Q might help with eczema, but I was willing to try anything by then.
Much to my genuine surprise, my hunch proved right. I tried two minutes on the flashing light setting and four minutes on the 'green' setting. The effect was instantaneous. My skin (which had gotten quite tight and uncomfortable) relaxed, was less dry and flakey, stopped itching and many of the fluid-filled bumps subsided.
I found that the effect was long-lasting. I was able to skip Exederm for the rest of the day. I have repeated the treatment twice more and there has been an incremental improvement and I am still free of the need to use an eczema cream.
Although I am feeling pretty proud of my little flash of genius, I am not going to be able to patent this idea. It turns out that phototherapy - defined as "exposing the skin to UVA and UVB light using low intensity light emitting diodes (LED)" - is a well-known, although relatively new eczema cure that is gaining interest from researchers
Baby Quasar's are not inexpensive at $449. However, it has proven to be much more versatile than I would ever have thought since I use it as an anti-ager for face, throat and decollete, and hands. I have even used it to treat muscle pain and now, of course, it will be on duty whenever eczema flares up. Subscribers to Truth In Aging's newsletters will get 10% off Baby Q at the Truth In Aging store